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I'm not lost, I just don't know where I'm going.
But I'm determined to enjoy the journey.
No time to breathe! The next crisis is upon us. 
27th-Aug-2010 02:35
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Just when I felt I was getting somewhere, when I finally had a small amount of energy left over that I could put to use in improving things... (and I did: cleaned the kitchen a fair deal. It looks better than it has the past half a year if not longer.) That's when new issues turn up to sap my energy.

I logged into my bank today, to put some more money into my 'savings' account and to pay a couple of small bills that aren't due for another couple of weeks (best get it out of the world while I still remember to). While I was there, I checked my statement and saw a charge that really should not be there. Cue mild panic - how do I deal with this?
I'm sure it's just a honest mistake. The charge appears to be from a restaurant I have previously visited - in fact, the charge is an exact duplicate of the last time I was there, almost exactly a year ago. The only contact info I can find for the place is a phone number. It's in the US. I do not want to make a long international call from my cellphone. As long as this is an isolated incident, it is not worth the mental energy it would cost me to clear up vs the money I lose if I just leave it. Of course who I should be calling is my bank. But I really do not feel up to doing that now. Maybe tomorrow, but probably not then either.
Probably just a mistake someone made, but there's the nagging suspicion that maybe there's been a leak or there's a dishonest employee or something. That a restaurant keeps their customers' credit card information for a full year seems a bit odd to me. Is that normal?


Then later today, I wanted to use my external harddrive, which I haven't used for months. Plugged it in, nothing. After a while I noticed that when I plug in the power, the light on the power supply flashes on and then immediately fades again, so I suspect I need to replace the power supply. It acts this way both if the drive is plugged in at the other end, and if it is not. The drive is out of warranty (expired last month if going by date of manufacture, two and a half weeks ago if going by the date of purchase). It looks like I can buy a replacement power supply, but the available unit does not list my model drive specifically and that's causing me a bit of stress. Also, friends are pestering me to open the case and have a look at it - the warranty is expired anyway so it doesn't matter if I void it by opening it. I don't want to do that, but the only reason I can find as to why I don't want to is that I wish for it to be the power supply and that I can fix it by replacing it. That's illogical.

I shouldn't have to deal with these things. I don't want to have to deal with these things.
Comments 
27th-Aug-2010 01:50 (UTC)
I'm sorry you're having to deal with these things.

Believe me, I know how frustrating and stressful they are.
27th-Aug-2010 02:26 (UTC)
Yikes. Call your bank up to dispute the charge right away. Many identity thieves in the US try putting through a small, innocent looking charge first to see if you are paying attention, then attack your bank account if it looks like no one is noticing.

Restaurants are notorious for having dishonest employees who sell bank card information of patrons. Call up the bank! I know what a pain that is, I went through the whole identity theft mess a while back. But best take care of it now, before somebody in the US goes on a spending spree with your bank info.
27th-Aug-2010 06:15 (UTC)
Ja, hør på Ani_mama. Ring banken nå! Du klarer det! :)
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