My alternate title was "Annoying." But I am working on the positive spin. When my girls were young and something didn't go the way we'd planned, I would often say, "It's just another one of life's little adventures." We still laugh about some of those, like the time both headlights went out and we got stuck in the mud outside Lubbock, Texas after a Christmas shopping trip. Everything that could go wrong, did. Just another little adventure.
My current adventure #1: Our two year old iMac is crashed and we can't seem to revive it. I got up one morning and it locked up while I was entering my password. No problem, right? Restarted it and suddenly an icon I'd never seen began flashing on the screen. Looks like a folder with a question mark in it. Nothing else showed up on the screen. So I tried rebooting, turned everything off, unplugged everything, waited, did all of this several times and nothing seemed to help. I won't bore you with the whole big story but lets just say that I've had advice from many people, none of which has helped (though we thank you for your advice) and I am dreading the whole sitting-on-the-phone-with-remote-tech-support because there's no one here who's a real Apple guru. I've been using a very old laptop at home, but it's super slow, there's no more antivirus stuff loaded up on it, and it's almost not worth the effort. Plus it would not even let me get onto Blogger. On the other hand, I am getting other things done so maybe it's good for me to have to withdraw from cyberspace a little bit.
Adventure #2: Our email provider, TelAlaska, did some upgrading last week. We had to call in advance and obtain new passwords. I called and got one for me and one for Rich. I logged on after the upgrade and realized my email account is now assigned to Richard Bye. I called to talk with tech support and the guy assured me he would change the name to Jane Bye. I asked him to check and make sure our names hadn't been switched with each other and he said both accounts had Rich's name on them. In fact, while we were on the phone, he said it was all fixed. It's not. If you receive an email from Richard Bye, it could be from Rich and it could be from me. I was told to call back again and I just haven't felt like dealing with it. I know it's small, but it's *annoying,* I mean an adventure.
Adventure #3: And this is the biggest adventure of all. While I was using our very slow laptop, I decided to check our Alaska Air Visa and pay the bill. We use that sucker for everything because we get air miles and you know how precious air miles are out here. So we run it up and then pay it off every month. Guess what? Someone has spent $418.99 at a camera and electronics store. Unalaska has no camera and electronics store and we haven't been back off the island since Hawaii. I called Rich and left him a message asking about it, thinking maybe he ordered something online for his camera, but it's odd he never mentioned it. Nope, it wasn't him. Oh, crap! I called Bank of America and the very nice customer service guy said yes, someone charged it online or by phone on July 29th but that's all the info he had. After thanking me for being SUCH a good customer (read: you use our credit card A LOT!), he advised that we needed to close the account and get a new one.
Okay, the 29th was the same day the computer went down. Coincidence?
So here I sit, waiting to have the proper name assigned to my email account, waiting to see if my computer is ever going to get fixed or if it's done, and waiting for my new credit card to arrive so I can do some shopping. My new best friend at Bank of America did say he'd expedite it since I am such a good customer.