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DrBouvenstein
Feb 28, 2007

I think I'm a doctor, but that doesn't make me a doctor. This fancy avatar does.


My dachshund, Chester, couldn't walk yesterday. Took him to the emergency vet and they confirmed it was a slipped disc. He stayed there overnight and got a surgeon consult and CT scan this morning.

Even with surgery he has maybe a 50% chance of ever walking again, and reduced quality of life.

I'm in a bathroom stall at work just trying not to cry.

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DrBouvenstein
Feb 28, 2007

I think I'm a doctor, but that doesn't make me a doctor. This fancy avatar does.


My wedding was in 10 days.

WAS.

DrBouvenstein
Feb 28, 2007

I think I'm a doctor, but that doesn't make me a doctor. This fancy avatar does.


The Sexual Shiite posted:

Congratulations!

Well, it was because my fiance died, so thanks, I guess.

No, she's fine...well, she's alive, but I bet you'd feel like real poo poo if that WAS the reason the wedding was off, eh?

DrBouvenstein
Feb 28, 2007

I think I'm a doctor, but that doesn't make me a doctor. This fancy avatar does.


Queen Combat posted:

Yo, safe space goes both ways, and with a vaguepost (which is okay) whaddya gonna do?

You're right, sorry to you goons.

Just working through poo poo and shouldn't be taking it out on others.

Already had to make a bunch of awkward phone calls to friends and family last night, now I've got to make a bunch more to the wedding venue people, photographer, etc... to cancel and say goodbye my money.

And to top it off, my dog still isn't able to walk after slipping a disc and having emergency surgery last month, and I twisted my ankle REALLY bad on Saturday and I"m still limping along and in a bunch of physical pain to match my emotional pain.

It's been a real fun month.

EDIT: Well, just left the ER...the twist/sprain of my ankle is a break... I've been walking on a loving broken ankle for 4 days. Just a real nice topper to everything else.

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DrBouvenstein
Feb 28, 2007

I think I'm a doctor, but that doesn't make me a doctor. This fancy avatar does.


I just moved into a new place, literally Sunday was my first night there.

Came back from work Tuesday and can't find my new house key. I hadn't put it on my keyring yet because I wanted to make a copy to keep in my car or hidden outside in the woodpile or something. Well, that's and I get for procrastinating that.

No way to get in the house last night... All three doors are deadbolted, and the windows are all new, double pane windows that would be VERY expensive to replace of I had to break them.

Called my landlord, who's just a regular owner of the house who recently moved to Florida, and he had no neighbors or nearby family with a spare. I thought maybe it fell out of my pocket here at work, but since it was already 7 PM and I work over an hour away, in said gently caress it and spent the night at a friend's and am borrowing some of his clothes today.

Well, my key is not here at work... Looked at my desk, in the parking lot near where I parked yesterday, all throughout my car, checked the security desk, no one turned it in to lost and found.

I have one hope, and that's that I can go to the hardware store, get a copy made of the key to my parents house, cause it's the same brand/key blank, and buy a small file and attempt to make a bump key.

If that's a no go, looks like I'm paying for a locksmith.

Edit: Bump key did not work, I'm assuming I'm doing it wrong, all those Youtube videos make it look so easy. I found out that the garage and basement windows can be shimmed open with a pocket knife...the garage one opened just fine, but the door from the garage to the house was locked, so I had to go to the basement. The problem there is that the basement window had a storm window on the outside. I tried as best I could to jimmy it open, but no go...so the storm window had to go. Smashed it good, shimmed the inner window, and got inside. Managed to only cut my hand up a little, and I can easily fix a pane of glass in a storm window.

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DrBouvenstein
Feb 28, 2007

I think I'm a doctor, but that doesn't make me a doctor. This fancy avatar does.


I ran over a pothole last Friday that, because it was full of snow, I didn't see. It completely ruined my tire...flat, hole big enough that I could hear the air whistling out of it as I tried to fill it back up enough to limp home.

Finally got around to going to a tire place today, and they tell me that:
1) The tire is too damaged on the "shoulder" so it can't be fixed, needs a new tire.
2) That tire make/model is not made anymore, the newer version is sort of close, but not close enough so they really want to order two to replace both front tires. Naturally, they don't have them in stock, and only have 1 size winter tire for my car in stock but it's so different I'd have to get all 4 replaced. I'm generally wondering if I need two.
3) The city, who sometimes will pay for your tire repair if it's because of a pot hole, can't give me any answer if ANY of these will be reimbursed because they just give it to the insurance. So now I play The Waiting Game to see if I can get any money back.

So right now they have the estimate for 2 tires and I just have to wait to see what they say, I'm assuming they'll be cheap fucks and say that I absolutely cannot get two new tires, and in fact, they'll only approve 1 used tire, or some BS like that.

DrBouvenstein
Feb 28, 2007

I think I'm a doctor, but that doesn't make me a doctor. This fancy avatar does.


Pales in comparison to other people's problems, but it looks like my car will need a $300 part to fix some transmission issues that appeared out of nowhere this weekend. It just became for for an inspection this month, too, so I'll have to get the part and install it first since it trips the check engine light, and with labor it would easily be over $600 to have the shop do it vs myself.

And my other car had a busted sway bar link, so while I should be grateful I am solidly middle-class enough to own two vehicles, in the end it just means twice as much repair and maintenance costs, too.

DrBouvenstein
Feb 28, 2007

I think I'm a doctor, but that doesn't make me a doctor. This fancy avatar does.


ryonguy posted:

Yeah, boot his rear end. Deadbeats aren't your responsibility to reform unless he's a like a long time friend or something, and even then there's a point when you have to cut them off.

Gotta be careful, though. Depending on where you live, and how long he's been there, he likely had tenant's rights and queserasera can't just 'boot his rear end.'

If there's no signed lease (which I'm guessing is the case) then it's probably a 30 day notice though some places have less, some more, but almost certainly can't just kick him out right away.

Context:

Locked my keys in my truck while I'm at a park and ride after getting dropped off from my carpool.

My truck has this very annoying quirk that's common on a lot of cars where it locks the doors right after you start it. I had to recharge my AC, which requires the engine running. So I open the driver's side door, pop the hood, stick the key in the ignition, start it, (all while just leaning into the car, so door still open) and without thinking close the door to recharge the AC.

Door is now locked, engine running, keys in ignition.

gently caress me.

Had to wait almost an hour for my GF to get to where I was with the spare key.

And my AC is still not really working right...so now both my cars have broken air conditioning ( I have a car and truck, was driving the truck cause it's AC worked until recently.)

DrBouvenstein
Feb 28, 2007

I think I'm a doctor, but that doesn't make me a doctor. This fancy avatar does.


I FINALLY, after loving MONTHS of waiting, got my name off my old house's mortgage and title after my ex did a refinance. I have been looking at homes online in a site my realtor set up for me where houses automatically get added in when they go on the market. Several have come on and off the market in the months I've been looking, as I expected, and I haven't been able to see anything in person because of being on the old mortgage still (since I don't have the income to support two mortgages at once, obviously.)

Well, that paperwork got finished last week Wednesday, I talked to my potential lender to get started on pre-approval so I could start looking at houses...and the one I really, REALLY wanted is gone. It had been on the market for a while, over a month. No price reduction, unlike everything else that stays that long, so I figured it was just some stubborn sellers, but I might have been willing to past asking price if it was as good in person as the pics looked.

Everything else that isn't a loving condo or mobile home goes so loving fast it's unreal. Another place I really liked was listed and then updated as being under contract in less than a day.

What really pisses me off is the lender my ex used to do the refinance dragged their loving feet and the process took easily a month longer than it needed to. If it had been done quicker, I could have had a chance to look at 2 or 3 places I liked in person and perhaps made an offer on one of them.

DrBouvenstein
Feb 28, 2007

I think I'm a doctor, but that doesn't make me a doctor. This fancy avatar does.


Conversely, my company has said everyone* is working from home for 4-8 weeks starting Monday, and if possible, today (thy basically only want people in the office today to get stuff they'll need, like a laptop docking station and monitors, plants at their desks so the don't die, etc...)

*The exception is those employees who are designated on-site for customer support...which I am. The joys of working as an IT contractor.

The customer I am assigned to full time has not made any sort of formal plans, though there are a lot more people who are doing remote/WFH and we're getting more equipment requests to get people monitors, etc... to WFH and we're pretty much out. But I don't think we will ever be told to do WFH ourselves, because, as my manager here likes to say,
"How can anyone possibly work from home? What can you accomplish?! You have to be here to do things! The flu kills far more people a year than corona, no big deal!"

He is Peak Boomer, knows better than anyone on anything. He hated work from home BEFORE this, for anyone, both IT and our customers.

We only have like 2 or 3 confirmed cases in my state, but 1 of which is in my county, and has a shaky, but plausible, line of transmission.

One of my coworkers spent time with a guy who's friend is now in self-quarantine because his coworker is that confirmed case...or something like that?

So it's like:
Confirmed case guy -> Coworker of infected (in self quarantine) -> Friend of coworker -> Coworker -> Me.

DrBouvenstein
Feb 28, 2007

I think I'm a doctor, but that doesn't make me a doctor. This fancy avatar does.


Went to my bank's online portal to pay a couple bills, and my account is VERY low.

Was wondering if I mis-timed a CC payment or something, but nope, just good ol' fashioned check fraud. Not sure how they got the checks, but they're OLD checks, like, ones I thought I used up a long time ago because they are my address from about 2010.

But Scumbag #1 and Scumbag #2 (two different checks with two different names) just decided to fleece me out of ~$1000 between the two of them.

Already called the bank and the police (I expect THAT to go nowhere) so I'll get the money back, but it's a matter of time and meanwhile, I'll likely NOT be able to pay my utility bills on time, though thankfully just being a few days/week late won't incur any penalty, but I hate looking like a "deadbeat".

And naturally, I did some googling on the people who cashed the checks, and nothing really on one of them, but the other...woo-boy, a piece of work. Granted, MAYBE he was just railroaded by our terrible justice system, it's possible, but the list is long and includes pretty much everything you'd expect and some you wouldn't. Burglary, larceny, and sex crimes. One was filming his friends rape an underage girl, and the other was basically kidnapping and rape, though it looks like it was plea'd down to something less "serious", but he is on the sex offender registry.

DrBouvenstein
Feb 28, 2007

I think I'm a doctor, but that doesn't make me a doctor. This fancy avatar does.


DrBouvenstein posted:

Went to my bank's online portal to pay a couple bills, and my account is VERY low.

Was wondering if I mis-timed a CC payment or something, but nope, just good ol' fashioned check fraud. Not sure how they got the checks, but they're OLD checks, like, ones I thought I used up a long time ago because they are my address from about 2010.

But Scumbag #1 and Scumbag #2 (two different checks with two different names) just decided to fleece me out of ~$1000 between the two of them.

Already called the bank and the police (I expect THAT to go nowhere) so I'll get the money back, but it's a matter of time and meanwhile, I'll likely NOT be able to pay my utility bills on time, though thankfully just being a few days/week late won't incur any penalty, but I hate looking like a "deadbeat".

And naturally, I did some googling on the people who cashed the checks, and nothing really on one of them, but the other...woo-boy, a piece of work. Granted, MAYBE he was just railroaded by our terrible justice system, it's possible, but the list is long and includes pretty much everything you'd expect and some you wouldn't. Burglary, larceny, and sex crimes. One was filming his friends rape an underage girl, and the other was basically kidnapping and rape, though it looks like it was plea'd down to something less "serious", but he is on the sex offender registry.

It has now been over THREE weeks, and I have only gotten 1 of the bad checks refunded to me.

I have called 2x a week since the first case, and the bank keeps closing out the fraud case for the larger check without telling me why*. When I call, the customer service rep opens a new case, but tells me they can't see why the fraud department closed the previous one. I asked to be transferred to the fraud department, but they can't do that, they just send them a message and they'll call me...and they never have.

The most recent call yesterday at least gave me an email to send additional info to, so I did make use of that. I send images of the fraudulent checks along with one of a legit one so they can see the handwriting and signature don't even REMOTELY match.

*With one exception. I was out of town for a few days, and in that time, I got a letter from the bank saying they closed my fraud case (the SECOND one I had to open,) because they tried to reach me and I never responded...but they never tried. No missed calls, no other letters, no emails. Still no explanation why the first or third fraud cases were closed.

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DrBouvenstein
Feb 28, 2007

I think I'm a doctor, but that doesn't make me a doctor. This fancy avatar does.


Great, the Johnson and Johnson vaccine has been pulled because 6 people got blood clots.
Six...out of 6.8 million people vaccinated. Granted, I'm not an epidemiologist or immunologist or any sort of doctor or scientist, but that seems like REALLY low odds.

I was scheduled to get that vaccine today at 1 PM but not anymore.

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