I wanted my blog to consist of thoughtful things, things which might engage potential readers, and to NOT be a bunch of updates on my life. I have FaceCrook for that. I didn’t want my page to be a bunch of diary entries, essentially. But I haven’t had any topic ideas, and it’s been 11 days since my last post (I think).
It is said there’s an ancient Chinese curse, “May you live in interesting times”. The phrase is allegedly NOT Chinese, nor ancient, but it proves an amusing curse nonetheless. And I find myself in interesting times. As I wrote about in my post “A Week of Friday the 13ths”, I began the year with some unexpected veterinary issues (with accompanying bills) after a clean semi-annual checkup of my dog on January 4th. This all has come to $139 I didn’t expect to spend (on top of the $132 I’d just paid for the blood work, stool and urine samples, and office visit for the clean checkup). The worst part of it , though, is Furgii having the seizures and needing to go back on the Phenobarbital. The money is nothing compared to concerns for her health.
Then, on the 25th, I noticed that my email account was sending some strange emails to every email address of which there were records, even if they weren’t in my address book. I figured it out when the Mailer Daemon sent me notices that my messages to Shop.NFL.com and some other addresses were undeliverable. This had been going on for 5 days. When I looked into my “sent” folder, the outgoing messages consisted of what sounded like Biblical passages followed by some kind of coding. I had to get a new email account, and I changed every user name and password for everything I do on the computer.
Today, I found upon checking my bank account (which I do fairly regularly to double check my math) that a charge of $45.51 to a merchant (WMV*Match.com) is awaiting clearance. I naturally thought of the dating site, Match.com, to which I have never gone or used. I called my bank, and was informed that I can dispute the charge once it clears, which will likely be tomorrow. I had to cancel my debit card and will have to wait for a new one to arrive via mail. In hindsight, I maybe should have gone to an ATM to get some cash before canceling the old one, because I now have no access to money. I do have enough food in the house, so I’m not that stuck. It’s just inconvenient. I wanted to cancel immediately so no other charges could be made by the villain. After getting off the phone with the bank, I googled the address, and there has been a string of credit card fraud of varying purchase amounts all made to this “merchant”. I happen to joyously be one of the latest victims.
Not a good start to my year, to say the least. It’s funny because just a few days ago, I was telling a co-worker that I have always been a generally unlucky person. I have had luck kick in when I needed it most, but otherwise, mine has been dreadful.
For example, I should have failed my senior year of high school, most notably because of my history class. I can only conclude to this day that my teacher passed me because he liked me. I never did the homework, I never paid attention, and my tests had to be abysmal. But I used to talk to the teacher about music all the time after class. I simply couldn’t have earned a passing grade based on anything of a scholastic nature. It’s unfathomable., but luck allowed me to graduate.
My wife and I found out after moving to Rhode Island that my stepson’s father was abusing him. Very unlucky thing to have happen (most so for my stepson). But we found out just before we were up there 6 months. After that time, my stepson would have been a resident of that state rather than New Jersey, where he was born, and the original custody agreement that my wife was his guardian, with visitation rights by his father, would have been nullified. Once back in Jersey, we retained the original custody order and could pursue the eventual restraining order against his father. This was the only lucky thing in the situation, but we got the information we needed in the literal nick of time. March 1st of 2006 would have been the deadline, and my wife and stepson made a run out of town on February 27th (when we found out about the deadline) and enrolled him in school in Jersey on the 28th. Nick of time.
Wy wife left me, twice, in the years that followed, but the one lucky thing for me there is that I’m no longer embroiled in the drama that has befallen my former family since then. This is an awful thing to say and think, but I know I would have been destroyed if she hadn’t left me. Nick of time (though the scars remain).
My first dog, which I’d gotten to help me move on from that situation, came with chronic health issues that were hidden from me by a completely irresponsible and negligent foster home. I had the dog 5 weeks before I was able to get someone else to take him. I could not as a single person care for the dog’s needs. But he and I were a nearly perfectly compatible match of personalities. It’s still heartbreaking. My”nick of time” luck there might have transferred to poor Chance. If I hadn’t adopted him, the foster home probably would have killed him through negligence, and the home that has him now was finally able to get the proper diagnosis for a dog that has many years to go still. My 5-week role in his life literally did SAVE it.
I got my current dog to replace him. She had 2 seizures in my first 2 weeks with her. The foster home that had her had not witnessed any. I covered this also in a previous blog post, but I DO NOT in any way blame that foster situation. It was a young couple that worked and had social lives, and if the seizures had occurred, they hadn’t noticed them. They weren’t even part of the rescue. They just found her and agreed to foster if the rescue paid the bills. I truly believe them, and still correspond with them sometimes.
But at this point, my abused stepson, the woman who dumped me twice (and hooked up with someone in one of her outpatient step-down programs after she went bonkers), the two dogs’ health issues….God surely hated me. In fact, I wondered if Furgii had never had seizures UNTIL she came here, because I’d given my bad luck to her.
And last year, I had a very bad year at work. I had let so many of the negative issues in my life effect how I was behaving on a day-to-day basis. I’m deeply ashamed of my conduct during the middle stretch of 2011. I am very lucky that I was given a chance to turn myself around and was not disciplined or punished in any way, though I should have been. I was fortunate to “see the light” before it was too late. Nick of time. I was looking forward to a good 2012.
And now all of this email nonsense and financial b.s. happens. I seem to have caught both in the….well, you know. But It’s maddening that I have to go through this shit. I know my problems are greatly outweighed by the problems some others have, I do. But still.
Thomas Paine said, “These are the times that try men’s souls”. Well, THIS MAN wants to TRY to put the SOULS of his shoes up the ass of THESE TIMES.