As some of you may have guessed, 2011 has been a little less than stellar for me. I need to take some time to vent here so you guys understand why the postings on the site have been a bit lacking a below par.
It started three weeks ago when I felt a bit sick. A bit sick quickly snowballed into the full-blown flu. I wrote about this last week and to be honest, I don’t feel like writing about it any more.
Just as I was recovering from the flu, I received an urgent call from my mom, telling me that my grandmother was hospitalized and there might not be much time left. I drove 6 hours home that night and was able to spend the following Saturday visiting my grandmother. I left Sunday and she passed away on Tuesday. Rest in peace, Grandmom. My timing could not have been more perfect as she was no longer talking in her final few days.
The funeral was held this past Sunday. I had to make the 6-hour trek back home once again. About halfway into the drive, I received a phone call from Discover Card’s Fraud Prevention Department. They wanted me to verify a few recent purchases to ensure there was no fraud occurring on my account. Now, I had anticipated a call because I spent quite a few dollars on a new suit, jacket and clothes the night before. However, the fraud department started by asking me to verify computer purchases made at HP and Dell. These were not mine. My credit card information had been stolen.
The scumbags spent $500 at Dell.com, $490 at HP.com, $370 at Walmart.com and opened 2 Netflix accounts for a total of $1376. Discover cancelled my credit card on the spot and issued me a new account leaving me with no credit card for the remainder of my drive back and my stay at home. Almost all of the charges have since been removed, but the Dell purchase is still on my account. A fraud department representative has assured me that it would be taken care of. They have been extremely accommodating and helpful.
So to recap 2011, I’ve had the flu, a death in the family, and my identity stolen. And, it’s only been a month. Oh! And to top it all off, I mistakenly wrote 2010 instead of 2011 in last week’s newsletter. Many of you were quick to point it out and I sincerely thank you. It lets me know that you guys really do read what I have to write. <3I don't think my request to start 2011 over is a feasible one, so I'd like to just move-on and look forward to the future. I have a lot planned in my life and for I've Tried That in the coming months. I do want to thank you all for all the love and support you've shown me these past few years. My life just wouldn't be the same without you guys.This is the last depressing post I have for you guys. Starting tomorrow things will be back to normal around here. I already have the rest of this week's posts queued up and they're good ones.Thanks again and stay tuned.Love, Steve