So tempting to believe

MLB just released the game schedules. It makes it either easier to believe it will really happen OR tragic now to know, once again, what games we will not get to see.

It makes me want to expand my cable package now so I can see the games, but I think I'll wait another week.

I do love all the early games. Regular season games often start at 7 which is just too late since 3 hour games are the norm and lots of them run over. So earlier is way better. Particularly since we have no east coast games which are always wonderfully early.

Wait and see...

On May 15, I placed an order with Etsy. It was from England. It landed in Chicago 3 days later! And it sat in Chicago until today. I had already decided I'd never see it but now it looks like i actually might!

And from the consumer desk...

I have a dish washer but I use it for storage. 2 racks, great place to keep stuff. And do all my dish washing by hand. I just discovered this new dish soap from Dawn. And it's the bomb for sure.

Sunday morning, I had fried eggs and potatoes and bacon for breakfast. I cleaned my plate and left it with a lovely coating of cooked egg and bacon grease on the counter while I finished the paper. Then I forgot about it until a couple of hours later. It was a good, hard coating by the time I remembered it. I sprayed it with this stuff and washed up the rest of the dishes and by the time I got to this one, that had coat just slid right off. It was magic! If you do dishes by hand, treat yourself to this shit. It's good.

And, finally, I got a catalog from The Company Store today and the cover had this wonderful beautiful quilt which I do not need on the front. A deep google dive also told me that it is no longer available in any size but king. Saved me a bunch o' bucks. Whew.

Ok, I'm 99% sure now that it was not me but it does get curiousier

I got to a person on the social security 800 line in 1 hour and 20 minutes which was actually pretty good all things considered. He was not very interested in helping, though. Sad that he was already having a bad day. He did listen and looked up my account but then said he could do nothing and I had to call the Seattle office.

So I hung up and called the Seattle office. Joke's on me. 0 minutes wait time. The first thing that the Seattle lady said when I explained I had been directed there from the main office was "well, I sure can't do anything they can't do. we all work from the same information! If they can't help you, there is nothing I can do." I plowed on anyway and while she turned out to be not the brightest bulb, she was very helpful anyway.

First she gave me the compete account number where before I only had the last 4 digits. The great news there is that the account number had 8 digits and BECU accounts have 10.

Then she said that she could see that the account was changed on June 2 online. There are lots of problems I have with this. First of all the system requires 2 months before it will send money to a changed account. So if the account was, indeed, changed on June 2, why the fuck did they make the change immediately? Also, someone logged in, changed the account number to a bogus account but kept the same routing number? Holes, holes, this fraud is swiss cheese. I logged onto my social security account on June 1 but made no changes. I did not log on June 2.

She said she could see that the money had not come back from BECU but that if it did, my account would be flagged and I'd need to go online to unflag it. (She was really vague about all of that.)

She changed my account to deposit into the correct BECU checking account. She said my August payment would be deposited there. And that I should see the change online tomorrow. I do not believe either of those two statements. But I can easily check the latter and you betcha I will. Then, maybe Wednesday, I'll call social security back and see what they say then about where they think my next check will go.

Then I called BECU - 20 minutes wait there. BUT the news is fabulous. She confirmed that the bogus account number is not anything close to a BECU account number. In addition to not having enough digits, the bogus account starts with a 0 and BECU accounts start with 3.

The BECU lady said that the money should be back in the hands of the feds by today or tomorrow at the latest.

Even though much of this makes no sense whatesoever, am feeling way less stressed about this. I do, honestly believe, I will see August's payment and maybe even, eventually, July's.

Now I'm going to take a shower. I've been on hold or on the phone for 2 hours and 55 minutes straight. I'm sure that's a personal record.

Also, hold music: BECU the WORST. Seattle SS, no idea, didn't hold. Fed SSA, not bad.

And, yes, my new social security password cannot be guessed by anyone, even me.

Your hold time is 1 hour and 30 minutes

Yes, today is the worst time possible to call Social Security but I couldn't stand not to try. To get to hold time, you have to listen to a lot of stuff and then discuss what you want with a telephone tree. So while I called just as they opened, I am still in a long queue. As expected. But, heck. I got time, a unlimited data plan and their hold music announcements could be way worse. So I'll hang until 9 when the local office opens and maybe try them. Or maybe just hang.

Whoa! I just discovered that I can change the function of the search key on this chromebook! It's right next to the 'a' and I keep hitting it by mistake. I googled to see if it was possible to change and it's right there in the settings! I changed it to backspace for now but may just disable it which is another option. Isn't that a cool thing?!

I remember way way way back when home computers were only available via Heath Kits, I read somewhere that you could change the function of the keys on the keyboard to whatever you wanted. For some reason this defined the power of personal computers for me. I was fascinated. Then. And, still.

My first foray into adding a door to the cat door was a fail. So I went looking for other options. At Chewy, of course, I found the perfect solution for $7. Clear flaps. I installed it on Friday. Biggie was not pleased. His unimpeded access to his back yard was now impeded. He was outside when I shut the door. I figured if he was still not using it by noon (this was something like 10), I'd just take then whole door insert out and he could go back on the terrace in October.

But, he noodled it out. He's still pretty tentative going either way but his desire to check on birds and check on me is stronger than his indecision.


Twitter reports that baseball is having issues. MLB is not providing enough testing or PPE and players are opting out. A couple of teams have had to halt training and at least one hasn't been able to start yet. If they can get their shit together this week, I think we stand a chance of seeing games. But, I'm skeptical. The schedule is due to be released today at 3 pm PDT. And the Mariners are starting to play youtube/twitch broadcasts of their training. They say they are planning an in squad game on Friday.

As usual, no big plans today. Just the usual with, hopefully, a chat with social security.


Biggie's vet tech, Summer, died overnight. So sad. The vet closed all offices today and will be open only limited hours tomorrow. How hard it must be for all of them. Especially now with no gathering and no hugging. They are a very huggy bunch.

It's a very quiet Sunday here. This is the only day in the past few weeks and in the 10 day forecast that has no clouds predicted. Just flat out sun. So far it's not too bad in here. The sun will move away from directly hitting this living room in a little bit. At least there's some stuff you can count on.

I left one of the blinds up a bit so Biggie could have a patch to enjoy. And so he is.


There was a fascinating article in the dead tree version of the newspaper this morning. Fascinating on a couple of levels. The content was very interesting BUT, when I went to get a link to share, I discovered that was was in the dead tree version was NOT in the online version... hmmmm interesting. The story was from the Washington Post which makes it nearly impossible to read without a subscription, so I was looking for a Seattle Times version who's paywall is a bit more generous. Not one. Interesting.

They interviewed five expert from around the country, Dr. Fauci, Linda Bell, etc. in a Q/A style about how the precautions they take individually. Did they wear a mask always, did they have non-family members in their home, would they go to a gym, get on an airplane, hug their grandchildren. It was really fascinating. And also validating.

Turns out, if they are the guide, and I think they are, I am taking the exact right level of precaution and exercising an appropriate amount of risk. Even Dr. Fauci has a house cleaner once every two weeks and goes grocery shopping.

A couple of months ago, I noticed a rough patch of itchy skin on the palm of my right hand. I think it is more seborrhoeic dermatitis which I get on my scalp and face. Now I'm seeing patches on the knuckles of my left hand. It's taking over. It's not fatal. Just annoying. The itch is frustrating but also frustrating is getting crusty in my old age.

Well, the quiet of Sunday morning just got buzzed out by what sounds like a power saw. Someone's Sunday project. No biggie. Time to close the door and turn on the air conditioner anyway.

No plans for today. The usual. With maybe a trip down to the dumpsters with some recycling for excitement.

Biggie's vet

This morning a car plowed into protesters here in Seattle. They were on the interstate and the car broke through barriers and entered via an exit and going the wrong way. Two people were hit and critically injured. I just turned on the news to see they had released the names and the one who was most injured and is still critical is Biggie's Vet Tech!

Summer is our favorite tech. Bouncy and cheery and sweet and kind.

Maybe it wasn't me!!!

A great friend called me this afternoon about my social security mess. My friend has a friend who actually works for social security. And the two of them think it might just be fraud! How exciting is that???

Well, only really because it means I'm not as stupid as I thought. Only stupid for not double checking the meager data provided to me. At any point in the last two months I could have logged on and seen the wrong account number and I did not. But then, I've been receiving these checks for 8 years and never looked. You can bet your bippy I will be making routine checks from now on!

Anyway, I was advised to make sure I have all the info about me at the ready. Exactly where I've worked since the beginning of time. Thank you, me, for the fabulously detailed resume you stuck online about a decade ago. Perfect. I have a hard copy of that and a hard copy of my salary history. And the account numbers of accounts I have used in the past.

They also reminded me that Monday is going to be the busiest day of the year for Social Security phone people - the first business day after disbursement and the first business day after a 3 day weekend. So call with patience and maybe even start with the Seattle office.

I honestly don't think it's fraud. An evil doer at my own credit union?

But, still, I feel better loaded with information and hope. And am so grateful to good friends - especially those with connections :)


I've lived outside of the eastern time zone now for 34 years. That means 34 years of no lightening bugs (fireflies) and 4th of July fireworks that don't even start until 10:30 which is a good 2 hours too late.

This year, however, turns out, I will be missing only the lightening bugs. I did wake up to some loud bangs last night that went on a little too long too regularly timed to have been gunfire. But I did not get up to inspect. Neither did Biggie. Tonight will likely be more of the same. I am grateful that I never had a pet who was freaked by loud bangs. Biggie barely wakes up for them.

I ordered pizza for dinner last night from the new place that popped up in the sports bar across the street. It was not as wonderful as the first time but maybe that was because it was pretty cold. They told me 45 minutes and they meant 20. When I picked it up, I told the guy that the phone number on their website had two digits switched. Not understanding, he explained that 'this used to be a different restaurant so it's probably that number.'

So... I gather, the great burgers are history. Sigh. But, the other great burger place a couple of blocks away is still planning to open so there is burger hope in the 'hood.

And now I have leftover poke for lunch and pizza for dinner. And more pizza in the freezer.

I have two more episodes of Undercover (Amazon Prime) to watch. It's amazing acting and amazing writing and really hard to watch and hard to not watch. I'll probably finish it today. I finally got a good start on my latest knit project after a bunch of restarts so I'll be working on that as well.

I've now sent bathtub replacement requests to two different contractors and heard nothing. I hate holiday weekends. I also googled replacing bathtub with walk in shower and it appears to be a far more lengthy and ugly process than I imagined. So maybe those contractors are just protecting me from myself.

It looks like Biggie had some fun last night. He has two yarn balls that are his. He got them both out yesterday and had some fun after I went to bed.


Ok now only scummy on the inside

I've done my chores and had a shower and I feel much better on the outside but still pretty stupid on the inside. On the one hand, I'm an old lady and this is such an old lady stupid thing to do. On the same hand, I do not need the money immediately to put food on the table. If I never see it, it will be a very expensive penalty for being stupid. On the other hand, yeah, I got nuthin.

And since I'm so loosey goosey about money today, I just ordered a poke bowl for lunch. It is from the place that makes them big enough for two meals so it will be lunch and dinner.

Interestingly, this place has two locations. I went to one and they said the delivery fee was $7.50. Ouch! The bowl was $12. I went to the other place and the bowl was $13 but the delivery fee was only $6. Same owners, same stuff. I'm honestly and incongruously happier paying more for the food than delivery.

I have laundry started. It's a sunny day but still cool so far. Doesn't matter. I'm not going anywhere and if the sun gets in here I'll fight it back with the blinds.

Trying not to do anything else really stupid today... tomorrow, no promises.

I am stupid but it's not yet clear just how stupid

My Social Security check did not land in my bank account as expected yesterday. It's due on the 3rd but I figured since the 3rd was a holiday, it might be on the 2nd. It wasn't so I waited until today.

That was stupid number 1.

It was not there today and I started digging. The social security website says it went into the account yesterday. No ach issues I can find. This was the first month it was to go into this account. So maybe that's why it was late?

I recheck everything. Wait the fuck a minute... the social security web page gives me the last four digits of the account it went into. The are not the last four digits of my account.

My social security check may well have been gifted to some lucky member of BECU.

And, of course the social security office is closed until Monday.

I did go in and switch it to go to my Citi account but that won't kick in until September. Probably I can get them to escalate to August.

I can only hope that the account number they have is not a valid BECU account number. The last 4 digits I can see do not match any account I have anywhere. And I don't know how many digits there are total. BECU account numbers have 10 digits. If no account, the $$ will bounce back to Social Security. And my punishment for being stupid will be a delay.

I cannot believe I did this. My personal stupid bar has been totally reset.