29 September 2016

How Goes It?

It has been an insane couple of days.  One of my co-workers that I work very close with has gotten sick.  She was out one day and I thought I wouldn’t make it through the day without here.  She came back yesterday but then is out sick today.  I think she over did it.  There are situations that come up and I have to deal with on my own.  Being on call I had the impression that it was my responsibility to deal with all of the tickets that were sent to the department.  Everyone said so but now they are back pedaling.  I am being told that I am taking on too much and I need to either give others a chance or out right delegate something to them.  I am not in any trouble but I think there may be fear of burn out.  Just some concern.  Plus we appear to have a lazy ass that is too good to work tickets.  I have been spoiling everyone because as soon as something comes in, I snatch it up.  It’s helped me learn and grow, plus it makes me and the team look good – just good customer service which is what I am all about.  It’s hard to sit back.  I was even told that I can get a message today but since were down by 1 person I am not partaking.  Plus it’s a chance to save money. 

This whole on call things really is nothing to be alarmed over.  Thus far no phone calls, so no emergencies.  What has happened occurs during working hours and I have managed to take care of.  Sure there were times when I wanted to pull my hair out but I made it.  I pray that all of the nights are silent.  If you want to make the days noisy I am fine with that, just as long as those days are M-F and don’t include the weekend.  I am starting to think that the rate plan switch on my cell phone was a mistake but hey there is no going back. 

Really hard to comprehend that today is Thursday.  Most everyday so far I have woken up early and just gotten started with the day.  It gives me more time if anything unforeseen comes up be it at home or in traffic. 

The kids are doing well.  I did a dumb thing last night.  Ruth came over for me to pet her but she has a habit of not getting to close until you are able to hit the right spot, then she looses her inhibitions and walks right up to you, the minute you stop she runs away.  Last night she was just out of reach but was clamoring for attention.  I reached out and grabbed her by the scruff of the neck and tried to pull her closer.  That scared the crap out of her and now she won’t take any risks around me.  Feels like I set things back.  Hopefully she will warm up to me again.  I love her and really would like her to be a lap cat but she is far too independent for that.  I would and could love on her so much more if she would just relax and open up.  Ah, well we all have our own personalities and that is what makes us unique.  This morning I noticed Marvin appear to have a tremor in one of his paws.  He has been acting strange lately.  He is having more moments that he forgets that I am home and starts crying like he is lost in his house.  I start calling him but that doesn’t appear to help.  Don’t want to lose my sleeping buddy.  I am keeping an extra close eye on him.  Bear begged for attention last night, I had to pick him up and place him on the couch with me.  He lapped that up but when he wanted down, it was now and not in 5 minutes.  I got him back on the floor safe and as quickly as I could.  He’s still a lot to lift even if he is only 27 pounds. 

It’s cooling off outside.  I have been driving around with the sunroof open on my car.  Something I only rarely do.  I just decided I’ve got the benefit, might as well enjoy it.  I do it as long as I can but eventually all of the pollen floating gets to be too much and I have to go back to a/c.  Turned the a/c off at the house last night.  Might need to turn it on when I get home but really don’t think it is needed during the day.  Of course winter power rates are a ways away from taking effect.  Love when that happens because there is typically a serious decrease in the bill.

Each night I go home I think oh maybe the new lawn guy came today.  He said he would be out this week but didn’t pin himself down to a specific date.  Needless to say he hasn’t been by as of last night.  I am hoping that I will be surprised tonight or tomorrow.  If he hasn’t been out by Saturday morning then it’s time for a phone call to see what’s going on.  I kind of feel like I may have been played but am trying not to be paranoid, I mean if that is the case there are plenty of other people who really want the job.  It will all work out.  The letter that I sent to fire the original lawn boy to my knowledge hasn’t been delivered yet.  I checked on tracking and it’s like it’s stuck in the system.  I see it leaving a sorting facility but don’t see it arriving into the local post office.  It was supposed to be delivered by Wednesday.  I hope that they can deliver it soon, because the sooner he knows the better.  I sent it certified mail for a reason. 

Tonight will be a ball of fun.  I get to go home feed the children get the trash put out and then gobble down supper and go pay bills.  Then it will be time for bed and I get to come back here tomorrow.  I love a plan or a schedule but when too much is crammed into a time slot it causes anxiety.  I applied an update on my home machine this morning and it’s not back on line.  I am a little nervous that it’s stuck and I can’t exactly ask one of the kids to check on it for me.  That would be great if I could just say Bear go reboot the computer for daddy and he would do it.  Hell it would be a miracle for him to get downstairs much less to reboot the computer. 

Well lunchtime is about over with.  Time to head back for the long afternoon.  1 meeting scheduled with the boss to touch base.  Outside of that my afternoon is wide open.  I am sure some issue will come along and help fill the void of free time I have.  One more day hang in there we can make it.  The weekend is almost upon us and I look forward to hopefully being able to sleep and take a nap.  Cheers!

26 September 2016

Primed & Ready

Woke up 15 minutes early, normally I would go back to sleep or just lay in bed and enjoy the time.  Not today, I got up and got moving.  Not sure as to why I did it but once I started in motion it was just natural to want to keep on going.  The children were surprised at my early rising as much as I was.

I configured my phone last night to be ready for on-call this week.  In the Do Not Disturb feature on an iPhone you can stop alerts for emails and allow phone calls.  I don’t know of a way to stop phone calls and allow emails.  Anyway all I have to be concerned with once I am in bed is phone calls.  I am supposed to check my email one time every hour up until bed time.  My phone has push notifications so if an email comes in I will know about it.  This is the way it always has worked, but I may test it a couple times just to be sure.  I never trust WIFI connectivity when I am at home, considering that I just changed plans I don’t know that I will rely on cellular data, despite the fact that my usage hasn’t really spiked. 

This on call is different in that before I was on the front line and first level support for any issue that anyone deemed an emergency or urgent.  Now I am third level support and things are much more relaxed.  If anyone needs you for anything they have to call you.  Sure your supposed to check email but we don’t rely on it, the phone call is what we live and die by.  We have a monitoring service that calls if there is a serious problem.  Otherwise, you just go about your business.  We don’t get a lot of activity but there are rare occasions where you have something that is hyper critical.  So I am relaxed but also nervous at the same time. 

I kept true to my word and had a slice of pie yesterday.  It was so good and I am looking forward to having another slice tonight.  I also heated up a caramel pecan cinnamon roll, had that as a snack just before bed along with a glass of frosty cold milk that I turned into chocolate milk.  The cats got Fancy Feast since I was eating high on the hog as well.  We were all licking our chops! 

Opened a rollover IRA account last evening so that I could take a lump sum settlement from my former employer that offered a pension.  All of the work on my part is done but the money won’t be sent until December which of course will be here before you know it.  I believe I made a smart move and hopefully I will be able to grow it into a much more sizable amount.  When I was going through setting up the account I had to pick a beneficiary, I went with a default decision but now I am thinking of changing my mind, which I can do at anytime with respect to who the beneficiary is.  I like to think that I will be able to enjoy the money on my own, I mean were talking age 59 1/2 before I can start drawing and that is only 14 1/2 years away.  I can’t predict what will happen in that amount of time but hopefully nothing catastrophic.  Who knows maybe I will meet the man of my dreams and be able to leave it all to him. 

So I told you at the start of this that I got up early.  I am still wondering when I will actually wake up.  So sleepy.  I have one afternoon meeting and then the rest of the day so far is mine.  Things have a way of cropping up and when they do I usually focus on what is going on rather than how I feel. 

Got a call yesterday afternoon from a co-worker/friend who was giddy.  She was calling to tell me that she has a job interview.  She was excited but has the normal nerves and mixed feelings.  I told her go for it and see what happens.  You never know when you will find your dream job and certainly shoving this aside would be a mistake.  Especially since she hasn’t had an interview in two (2) years.  She has done more than her fair share of complaining and I have heard all of the stories on how she wants out of this place and it’s the worst place she has ever worked.  Yeah okay so I hope that she gets this new job then I don’t have to listen to all of that negativity and try to put a positive spin on it.  I really want to tell her to take the elevator to the ground floor, walk out, get in your car and don’t ever come back.  Nice enough person but all of the hostility and negativity, she really needs a new job.  So regardless of how it turns out I told her look at it this way, you will have the experience of being through an interview, if this isn’t the one then you’ll be better prepared for next time.  She is one of those people that once she starts talking you can see your life passing in front of you because she has a way of keeping a conversation going for quite sometime.  I sat for a little bit but went to grab my headset and I started on my chores, she yammered on for close to an hour so that would have been an hour of lost productivity and I made the time work to my benefit. 

This weekend was a lot of fun and that trip for pie (yup I said it again) was really more enjoyable than I thought it would be, It was a productive weekend and I am really sad that it is over with but hey only 4 more days to go before we get another weekend again.  On the other hand we have a lot of time before the next holiday and then we get 2 days off.  That would be Thanksgiving and the Friday afterward.  I look forward to the time off but more importantly I look forward to Sausage Stuffing it is the most favorite thing that is served on that day. 

Lots of great fall TV on.  Saw The Bull and This Is Us, excited for interesting TV.  Shameless will be back on Sunday.  Pumpkin is back in the food category and it’s just a swell time of year.  Hopefully with any luck my prince charming will be appearing soon.  Ah well until then it’s business as usual.  Happy Monday if there is such a thing.  Talk with you all again soon!

25 September 2016

Life is like a video game

Life is like a video game

My friend who’s wife had surgery a few weeks ago to remove cancerous tumors and have a full hysterectomy called last night.  His wife is back in the hospital.  She had an abscess in her abdomen.  They put her in the hospital and did surgery yesterday.  She has an open wound now with a wound vac.  I just watched a YouTube video on this.  Looks a like an Ostomy but it doesn’t involve bodily waste.  The video said make sure your patient is medicated before you being.  Just as they said that you hear the patient say pain medicine please.  The lady just kept going.  It look super uncomfortable.

So they are still trying to sort things out and figure what type of cancer she has and they were all set to visit an Oncologist and this happened, so that is a set back for them.  She had issues with eating and swallowing as well as a low grade fever.  I believe fully that this abscess is the reason why and that once she begins to heal, her appetite will come back and there won’t be anymore issues with eating.  At least I hope so. 

I wouldn’t say that she is near death but she is a little closer than when she started.  Right now I still have hope that things will have a pleasant outcome.  My opinion will change as this situation progresses and I am updated. 

Right now my friend is just beside himself and doesn’t quite know how to deal with all of this.  You have to do it one day at a time.  This is a life changing event and will alter your normal routines and schedules for quite sometime.  He doesn’t do well under pressure and this doesn’t help things.  He has some pressure from work in meeting a compliance deadline. 

I totally understand what he is dealing with as I have been down a slightly similar road before.  You can’t help but think the worst because it just seems like it’s just one thing after another.  I have been telling them both to let me know if I can be of any help.  I send cards and words of encouragement to her.

Today I thought about it and though he needs some words of encouragement as well.  So the photo at the top of this post is a copy of a card that I bought for him.  There is a lot of truth to it.  The latter half about win takes time to get to and in some cases it just doesn’t happen at all.  He is a computer geek like myself and he loves video games so this should be spot on and hopefully cause him to smile. 

That is kind deed number one for the day.  Kind deed number two was helping a cashier at the grocery store.  She was in a tizzy about facebook and said that she got some confirmation number when she signed in.  Sounds like she has adware, she is using her phone to access the site.  I wrote down instructions for clearing her cache and also told her to download a free security app for IOS called Lookout which is available in the app store.  It will let her know if she has any problems with the phone.  As I left the store I kept thinking about this and realize that first I could make money off of her by offering tech support but I really don’t want to go down that rabbit hole.  But I didn’t ask her if she was using the app, she told me that the only way she could get to it was to go in via Safari.  I don’t know why but I never thought of telling her that she should delete the app and download it fresh as it could be corrupt.  Viruses typically don’t target IOS but malicious actors are getting more crafty as the days go by.  I told her most anything you want to do, there is a video for it on You Tube.  She told me that her son wouldn’t help her at all.  I said you don’t need him, you need You Tube.  Watch a video, learn and then fix your own problem.  She told me that she fixed an AC unit by putting in a new thermostat from a YT video.  Pretty cool.

As I drove away from the grocery store I just felt so good that I was able to help someone.  I didn’t ask for money and there wasn’t anything in it for me.  I just hate to see people struggle with technology and I love to help people.  Sure I have to make money in order to support myself but this is just proof that you can take your skills and use them for good.  Try it with something that you have mastered, it will make you feel warm all over.  Who cares if you get something out of it in terms of money, good karma, a step closer to heaven.  Just do it and the reward you get is that good feeling that lasts, plus you will be able to reflect on that memory in the future. 

Ah so now I get to play ketchup.  Laundry is going.  Dishes were done last night.  Have to go back out to get a problem fixed with a rubber stamp that I had made, then get some fuel for the car.  After that I am truly home for the rest of the day.  Bear needs his bath and there is still a house to clean.  Plenty to do and plenty of time to do it.  I just hope that I am successful in my quest.  Of course if I keep pecking away here I will never get done.  So upward and onward.  Would you believe me if I told you I have yet to have one caramel roll or slice of pie?  It’s totally 100% true, but I am going to work on changing that by sundown today. 

Have an awesome Sunday and rest up because Monday will be calling all of us soon enough.  Yuk!  I guess the sooner we get the week started the sooner it will be over with and then we can have a weekend again.  Hard to believe next week end will mark the first week in October.  This year has really taken off and I am sure the remaining months will fly by equally as fast. Talk with you all again soon.

IT IS DONE

I am pleased to report that Lawn Boy has officially been fired.  I found someone that will match his price and terms.  Plus the new guy pointed things out to me that he considered to be unacceptable and said that he would never do that.  So I have been taken for a ride long enough.  Thank God it is over with.  I put his final check in the mail with a letter, sent certified mail and then set out to mail it tonight, which was a fiasco in it’s self. 

So mailing the letter, I turn to a local post office that has a kiosk which allows you to preform a lot of functions that you can normally do at the counter, but the kiosk is 24 x 7 unlike the counter.  Strike one was the post office I went to no longer had a kiosk.  Strike two was that I went to a post office that I know has a kiosk, it took my money but never delivered a stamp.  Strike three was getting lost in making my way to a third post office, that I finally found.  When I got there the place looked to be closed.  I took a chance and walked up to the door, sure enough it opened.  Kiosk working and delivered postage.  Success finally.  It cost me a lot of time, gas and patience.  I also have to work to get a refund from the kiosk that didn’t give me a stamp.  That in it’s self will be a chore, how do you prove that you don’t have something that a machine says it gave you?  Anyway the whole damn thing is over with now and I only wish I could be a fly on the wall when he reads my letter, it should set him off but then again that is by design.  I was professional and to the point.  It was tempting to put in a big ol’ FUCK YOU but I didn’t do that.

Once I finally got home most of the evening was gone.  The cats aren’t really happy with me because I have been gone the bulk of the day.  I went for pie this afternoon and it was a nice trip.  Kind of felt like my late partner was watching over me.  I sure do miss him.  It doesn’t help that this next week if he were alive he would have another birthday. 

Considering that Lawn Boy might try to reach out to me by phone even though my letter says that is prohibited, I took the time to ensure that all of his phone numbers were blocked.  If he does call he will hear a message that I am not accepting his call.  If he violates my letter then that will open a whole new can of worms for him but I honestly think that he has trying to get rid of me ever since my late partner passed away, even though I have always been the one to pay him for lawn service. 

So there you have my day.  I had a patty melt, fries and a diet coke.  Then a slice of peach pie which I thought would be cold but was piping hot.  It was still good.  Picked up some pecan caramel cinnamon rolls along with a peanut butter cup pie.  Had a nice bill of around $41.  The whole way home I kept thinking why did I buy this poison, I know it tastes good but I really don’t need it.  It was also a struggle to commit to actually going for pie but it’s done and I feel better.

My morning was tied up visiting banks to place an extra layer of protection on my accounts.  My main bank took great care of me.  Another bank I do business with wanted to charge me a fee for the service.  I declined.  I came home and wrote the CEO a letter to see if he will make an exception in my case since I am being proactive.  I fully expect them to bend but if they don’t then it might be time to make some different arrangements.  I just was beside myself, that particular bank doesn’t do any damn thing for free.  I get it they want to make money but this is one service that they shouldn’t charge for.  I am looking out for both them and I, but they just don’t see that. 

Friday I had been thinking a lot about my recent change in cell phone plans.  I went on line and found out that the plan I was quoted for was correct.  What the lady didn’t tell me was there is a $20 charge per phone on the account to be able to access the plan.  It’s like they love to fuck you anyway they can.  So for $8.00 more with this fee I can have 6 GB instead of 3 GB.  It was a no brainer and I switched.  If I see that I don’t use it then I will gladly go back to the 3 GB plan.  I don’t think the setup I have will save me much money but at least I have a hotspot.  Funny thing is ever since I changed data plans my phone has been a little bit more difficult to use.  I think they must have sent it a pill to slowly die.  I know they want to sell phones but come on, not everyone wants to or can afford to upgrade.  Even if I went in for an iPhone 7 at $0 cost you have to commit to a two year contract and then I would have to buy a new Mophie, screen protection and new cradle.  I want a new phone but just can’t afford it.  I am more obsessed with getting a new car than I am a new phone.  Both will happen eventually. 

Went out for breakfast this morning and a kid from the afternoon was working the breakfast shift.  He took care of me.  Man he sure has a nice ass.  Good thing my normal waitress was there to tell me that he just graduated high school.  Wow that is a kid and he has jail bait written all over him.  If I hadn’t heard about him just graduating I probably would have asked him out.  He was nervous because he was out of place on a different shift, that would have probably sent him over the edge.  I am all about younger guys but there is such an age that is too young.  Sure lots of guys are attractive but a younger guy is less likely to want to settle down and commit to a relationship.  They have oats to sew and a field to play in still.  Things I never took full advantage of, but I wouldn’t change how things turned out for anything.

Tomorrow morning is going to suck.  Have to get to the grocery store and then clean the house.  Plus read over this boring pension plan junk and make a final decision.  Actually I already know that I want to roll it over but getting all of the forms filled out and going through my brokerage to set things up, it’s just time consuming.  An easy process but when your time poor it doesn’t help things.  I don’t like to let things linger, I want to get it done and move on with my life.  There are plenty of other things that need my attention.  Speaking of which I should get to bed soon.

Before I go I am pleased to report that changing the batteries in my keyboard resolve the problem.  Not sure how long this thing had been sitting on the shelf but they would go for about an hour before problems started.  The new ones have been in since earlier in the week the keyboard has been on but in sleep mode.  It’s going strong and it still says the batteries are at full capacity.  WOW. 

Up to see the children, listen to them complain, medicate them and prepare to wind down.  I need to squeeze in a bath for Bear, he’s a mess and paper towels or baby wipes won’t do him justice to get him clean.  He is a pain but I love him and am so thankful that I have been able to keep him this long. 

Perhaps another post tomorrow if anything noteworthy happens and I have time.  This is my last weekend of freedom before entering the on-call rotation.  Now I will have 2 weeks off and be on call every 3rd week but it’s a vicious cycle and that 3rd week will get here quickly.  Plus things come up and we switch and cover for each other so who knows.  It will net me more money and I am all for that.  I just don’t want to fail and that is a day to day fear.  I am in slightly above my comfort level but then again that is how you grow, it’s called self improvement.  Feels good and bad at the same time. 

Well it’s 12:30 am on Sunday here, time to wrap this up.  Take care and we will talk again soon!  BTW I said PIE a few times.  :-)

22 September 2016

Giving In

This morning I called AT&T to inquire about how much it would cost to add tethering to my cell phone.  Since I have the unlimited grandfathered in data plan, they don’t offer tethering on any unlimited plan.  I was told about a new plan that just came out.  Unlimited Talk & Text, even if I text internationally as well as 3GB of data for $52 a month, that is with my discount.  That is a huge savings and the best part is there is no overages if I exceed 3GB, they just throttle the data to a lower speed.  If you find yourself using more data you can always upgrade plans without a penalty.  It sounded awesome to me and I don’t know why I did it because I said I would never, ever leave or give up unlimited data.  However, they made me an offer that was very attractive and I could have taken my sweet time but decided to change plans.  I hope that was the right choice because there is no going back to the plan I had before.  I do qualify for the unlimited plan they offer now because I have UVERSE but it would actually make my bill go up by $5 from where I was at.  Saving money is always a good thing.  This deal will help me out or so I hope, the savings was the motivating factor.

I did test the tethering and it works.  It actually shouldn’t work because we have a security policy in place at work that prevents this.  You can get it enabled but it requires approval.  They won’t say no because it’s you own the device.  However I am glad that I didn’t have to go through all of that red tape.  This will come in handy when I am on call and if I am away from home.  I don’t suspect I will blow through 3gb of data but then again you never know.  On-call starts next week and I am not excited about it but am excited about the earning potential it has, plus I may learn a thing or two – not too shabby.  I would just as soon take the on call stipend and not have to bill for any calls, which would mean that it was quite for a solid week.  That I believe will happen, not sure if this will happen next week but I hope so. 

Got a call back from a lawn guy who wants to come out over the weekend, told him come on out I don’t have to be home, you can look around and give me your best price.  I had similar conversation with another guy via email.  I am getting eager to make the change and be done with it.  Thinking before you act is always the best approach.  It’s kind of sad that I have to fire Lawn Boy but at the same time he isn’t treating me well and didn’t understand why I was so upset and disappointed.  Had he not spoken to me in a disrespectful manner none of these extra steps would take place.  I also suspect that he may have mixed feelings and decide to not continue to do business with me before I get a chance to play my card.  I just want this to work out to my advantage and don’t want to jump from the frying pan into the fire. 

Woofed down lunch, got a massage coming up.  I sure do need it my upper back is really bothering me.  I had a muscle relaxer last night and I didn’t want to get out of bed this morning for any reason.  Moved the alarm up 5 minutes but that didn’t help things, just delayed the inevitable. 

Got extra security added to my accounts so that no one can make any changes unless they have an extra password.  It’s a pain to have to add this but it’s for my own protection.  I mean if I want to flush my finances down the drain it’s my business and I don’t need help.  Waiting for the letter to arrive from the bank and depending upon it’s content I may engage Law Enforcement to see if they can’t catch the bastards.  I suspect that since they were declined twice they figured out they got someone with questionable credit and they won’t bother to try to do this again, but then again you never know. They may go dormant for a while and then strike again.  Better to have protection in place than to fly blind and wide open.

The world has certainly changed a lot.  I would have never thought of identity theft would be such an epidemic but with the invention of the cyber age it makes sense.  I don’t understand why people who have such remarkable talent can’t use their skills for good instead of evil.  Think about that for a moment, if they did the world would be such a better place.  Chances are that I would likely not have the job I do.  While it is job security for me, there are times when all of us in IT/Security get awful tired of this crap, even if it is job security. 

Well time to prep for my rub a dub-dub.  I hope that she works out all of the kinks.  Not sure if I will be able to see her next week since I will be on call.  I have to ask about that.  Plus I have someone high in the food chain that wants to take me to lunch next month and it will of course be a week that I am on call.  Ah well it will all work out soon enough. 

As per usual, I hope all is well in your world and that life is treating you well.  Talk with you all again soon.

21 September 2016

Another day, another problem

This morning I learned the reason for the extra inquiries on my credit report.  They are both fraud.  My identity was stolen a couple years ago when someone filed a fraudulent tax return in my name.  I spoke with the bank in question this morning and learned that the malicious actor has both my correct date of birth and social security number.  Credit was not granted.  They listed me as the primary cardholder or person responsible for payment and then listed authorized users who are more than likely the people who would be running up the bill if the applications would have been approved.  Credit inquires stay on your credit report but the bank agreed to change them to view only, meaning that I would be the only one to see them, so as to not detract from my credit score and to help future lenders make a fair decision and not presume that I was declined credit.  The funny part of this is I actually applied for a card with this bank earlier this year.  The malicious actors applied twice last month. 

I already have fraud alerts on my credit bureau reports so no new credit can be opened without my approval.  Now I am wondering if somehow the result of my credit card compromise last week was the result of the malicious actors.  So more work for me, I have to contact each creditor and get them to put some additional fraud protection in place so that no one can make changes to any of my accounts.  While it seems like wasted effort, I will be happier in the long run for being proactive now instead of having to be reactive later.  You just don’t know what length an identity thief will go to. 

Last night I picked up an old phone book that had been sitting on the coffee table in the living room for the longest time.  In there I found a treasure trove of lawn care services.  I have called and emailed most of them.  Now it’s just a matter of sitting back and waiting for a reply.  Ideally I would like to have a replacement in place by Friday but that might not happen, so if I can get a replacement in place by next Friday then I will be happy.  I really don’t want Lawn Boy coming back ever again, but I am not terminating his service until I have a replacement in place.  It’s just like quitting your job, you don’t quit until you have a new job lined up. 

Outside of that not really much else to report on.  Got my pension paperwork and have to make a decision on how I want to roll it over.  It’s going into an IRA but I am thinking about a Roth IRA.  That’s all I got, hope all is well for you.  On to a boring meeting. 

20 September 2016

The Fate of Lawn Boy

Last night was a horrible night.  It of course started with a telephone conversation with Lawn Boy.  He was inflexible and didn’t understand why he should have to give me anything.  We went back and forth, he pressed my buttons and I pressed his.  He kept saying over and over how he just wanted me to give him some understanding.  Then he totally crossed the line and insulted me.  Right there was my breaking point.  Then he went on to mock me and didn’t understand what I meant by providing good customer service.  Then tried to make this my fault and not his own.  This is a long standing relationship and one that he claims to value.  Given his actions and the choice words he spoke that is clearly a lie, he just wants my money.  I see that he just wants to bleed me dry. 

This conversation did not do wonders for me, my blood pressure or my back.  I concluded the call with the understanding that he would come out today and cut the grass.  Then come back in 3 weeks since he is so inflexible.  I am searching for a new vendor and already have his termination letter written up.  I floated it past one of the secretaries in the office and they made some minor revisions.  I also talked with an attorney who totally agreed with me, fire his ass.   

I really didn’t want it to turn out like this but had a feeling from the get go that it would.  In searching for a new provider I have found so far that he has been giving me a bargain rate.  Getting someone to commit to a bi-weekly schedule appears to be a difficult thing.  I do have a well established firm that has several people working for them that will give me the same price that lawn boy is charging me now but I have to commit to every week.  My lawn only needs service every other week, my wallet appreciates that.  Thankfully we are nearing end of season.  My plan is to have someone in place to cover the rest of this year and hopefully next year.  I want away from Lawn Boy as fast as possible.  Someone told me put the pressure on yourself, fire him today and then you have to get someone.  Now that I think is a little excessive. I am being aggressive with my search and if I have to commit to every week then I will, but would rather get away from doing that.  I am confident that I will have someone in place soon, come hell or high water.  I’ve got 3 weeks from today.  My goal is to not have to pay him anymore than necessary. 

I woke up in the middle of the night, my back was all knotted up and cramping.  I had to get my back knobber out to work on the knot.  That of course upset Marvin and then the choir began to sing.  Finally he wanted out of my room so I let him go.  Then I thought about what to do in order to get back to sleep the fastest.  Answer, self pleasure.  It usually works but I was so upset that didn’t work.  My mind kept racing.  I finally got back to sleep for 2 hours and then had to get up and come in.  I drove in thinking about it and parts of my commute are a total blur to me.  I talked to a couple people, re-wrote his termination letter and have been able to calm down.  I pray that tonight is a different and much better night. 

A little concerned about Bear he was hanging out by the backdoor last night when I got home and was there when I got out of bed this morning.  Looking on the cat cam it appears he has relived himself, but I won’t know that for certain until I walk in the door.  He has this horrible habit of sitting in it and then needs a bath.  I just gave him a bath and he is dirty already.  I think I need a portable vegetable sprayer to wash him down after he is done.  Too bad they don’t make a robot to do that dirty job.  Now there would be quite the invention. 

I think the batteries in my new keyboard are bad, Logitech said they aren’t user replaceable.  I proved them wrong last night.  Just 2 AAA nickel metal hydrate rechargeable.  Simple as pie to replace.  I let it charge over night.  When I next spend time in front of the computer I will know if I am on the right track.  If there is no improvement then it’s time to turn off the backlight, that should improve things.  Logitech says that the battery should last 8 to 10 days depending upon usage.  I was lucky to get 2 or 3 hours.  It’s still well within the return period, but I hate taking stuff back regardless if it’s mail order or in person.  Returns are just horrible in my mind.  However, if this issue doesn’t resolve then I will be returning the damn thing. 

There you have it.  Now it’s time to jump in the car and speed home, only to stop and grab the mail then to fur ball city I go.  Hope all is well for you.