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Yesterday was a day of fibery and floury goodness.

I got my March baking order from King Arthur flour, so there will be soda bread, hot cross buns, and scones, as well as the materials for tres chic Easter cookies. Mr. UPS Man was very sweet, as he startled me at the door, the pugs exploded, and my face probably drained of what little color it has. But sooo worth it.

And on the porch when I got home was the box from Knitpicks with all my sock yarn, my shawl yarn, sock patterns, and Harmony dpns. And the yarn I ordered is perfect for my sock swap project, so YAAAYYY!!!

But no knitting for me last night, as the evening was devoted to Dr. Caligari and his cabinet. Then I decompressed with some Boston Legal. As I was watching it (which I've only been able to watch since it began rerunning on ION Television) I realized how much of my knowledge, and appreciation, of some things is only because it reruns on TV. I'd bet that about 80% of my favorite movies I saw first, or only, on the little box. Because so often you have to choose between two great shows on in the same timeslot in prime time, I missed half the good television out there (truly--the DVR is a gift! Wish I had one, but that would require getting a new satelite dish, and I"m not ready to drop that coin). But with reruns I get to see them, without paying Netflix or buying DVD sets. And if I find I keep watching them over and over, it tells me dropping the coin for the DVDs might make sense. I find myself considering The West Wing boxed set, just because of how good I feel after I watch an episode, even the troubling ones. It never occurred to me I'd want them when I was watching it through the first time, even though I loved it.

But I digress. For those who have never seen Dr. Caligari's Cabinet, if you like the fair Sally (see icon above) and Tim Burton, you may want to. Get the DVD version with the colored sequences, though. It is a strange trip, but ultimately worth it.

This morning started well, but then the little demon dog from hell who is only still breathing because he really is all heart though no head but I swear he pulls this shit again I'm gonna moider him Jiro decided to wander around the yard and not come when called, instead running just out of reach, a trick he in the past only pulled on the Duchezz. I was, of course, in my slippers. And of course, there was snow. And of course he circumlocated the entire house, the extreme boundaries of the property, and even made cornfield forays. Not the happy.

But I made it to work only about 20 minutes later than I'd intended, I am holding my office hours, and then it's on to film class.

There is $$ foo, due to some unethical, and I think illegal, practices by some credit card companies (his) that I have to deal with ASAP, which has taken me right into clinical anxiety hell, but I know how to deal with that, and then I can deal with them.

Ten days to Spring Break. Counting the days.

Okay--time to grade papers.



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Mar. 4th, 2009 01:49 pm (UTC)
Well I know that the extended household has some lawyers that love and admire you. They may be able to offer some assistance.

Don't forget the NY Attorney General's Office and Office of Consumer Protection. They may enjoy having a talk with said CCC.

Mar. 4th, 2009 01:57 pm (UTC)
Bad Jiro - no bananas.

YAY for deliveries.

love ya
Mar. 4th, 2009 05:25 pm (UTC)
*You* have no obligation to pay his credit card bills. Creditors get in line until the estate is resolved, and some expenses (like the funeral) come off the top. If the credit card companies are giving you a hard time, tell them they can talk to the lawyer who's handling the estate. That should shut them up right fast.
Mar. 4th, 2009 05:31 pm (UTC)
Oh, I know, it's the fact that some of them shifted the debt to my name, despite the fact that I was not listed as a guarantor, and did not apply for the credit, just was given a card on the account. I know I have no legal obligation (lawyer told me so), but they've f****d my credit by doing the shift. It's illegal, they have to fix it, but now I'm hosed for the foreseeable future.
Mar. 4th, 2009 06:14 pm (UTC)
Yeah, one credit card company did the same thing to me with one of Johan's cards. I called them and they fixed it pretty quickly.

One thing I highly recommend is that you pay one of the reputable credit reporting places for a year's subscription and then check your reports (all three of them, Equifax, TransUnion and Experian) regularly to make sure crap like that hasn't crept in. It took me a couple of years to fix some damage done to my credit report when I took my first $*&#@ lawyer's advice about how to handle some bills. Just be careful, because there are all sorts of scammers out there doing credit reports. To get the once-annual free reports, go to the FDIC website at http://www.fdic.gov/consumers/consumer/ccc/reporting.html
Mar. 5th, 2009 02:43 pm (UTC)
Echoing ariannawyn; you can also place a letter in your file with each of the Big 3 credit bureaus clearly detailing the credit card companies' illegal actions. Anyone reviewing your credit report gets that letter.
Mar. 4th, 2009 05:29 pm (UTC)
Would this link, perhaps, help you out on the money problem? Because my friends just linked to this today, and it may be relevant.


And if that's what's happening, I'm sorry, and they may be completely in the wrong going after you. It entirely depends on the state laws, but in most cases, it should not be your problem.

I'm sorry.
Mar. 4th, 2009 05:34 pm (UTC)
See my note to Arianna for the real problem, but yes, they've tried that.

And yes, I understand the impulse, and it really frosts me that they are, in fact, preying on the vulnerable.

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