Monthly Archives: December 2017

Nothing worse than not believing bureaucracy

Welp, not the results I’d hoped for at Social Security re my check.  Yes, take a number.  First, go through the most thorough purse check of my life.  Every zipper was opened and checked.  Both glass cases were opened and checked.  Yeesh.  and this is in a VERY upscale town.  Oh well.

Thirty minute wait.  Oh well.

Government employee helping me whose English was decidedly a second language.  I had my Philippines-born husband with me, but his English is perfect.  It was really hard to understand this guy, though he seemed nice enough.

In a nutshell, they couldn’t figure out what went wrong.  We confirmed several times that the bank routing number and account number they had were correct.  They showed that the payment had been made, but they couldn’t produce a letter/document as proof for that.  They couldn’t understand why not.  Push come to shove, they figured out the first guy (who I had corresponded with) had set me up wrong.  Payments come a month after the month that they are for.  So my starting in December, my first check should come (based on the date of my birthday)…the 3rd Wednesday of January.  Not only had he (tried?) to set it up for payment the same month, but the check issue date was only the date after they approved my application, and wasn’t aligned with the 3rd Wednesday of a month like it should always be.  When they first looked it up, ‘locally’, they saw a 12/19 check date.  But when they looked it up ‘nationally’, it showed a ‘not yet’.  They think the national system caught the local error and therefore didn’t pay.  Still no confirmation about the zero (potential test run?) deposit.  Basically, I have to wait until the 3rd Wed. in January, and if it doesn’t deposit then, come back again.

Urfph.  I wanted closure.  I wanted definitive.  I got neither.  Typical bureaucracy.  And he went twice to superiors or ‘technical expert”s to run the situation by them.  i.e., he was flummoxed too.  Twice.

So my confidence level?  Nil.  But bottom line, nothing I can do for now except accept this, and wait until January 17th and see what happens then.  Oh well.

Have a wonderful, happy New Year!  We are going out to a really nice dinner, but have no plans beyond that.  Will come home, I suppose, watch TV, and watch Mariah Carey butcher another New year’s Eve TV appearance.  LOL


So I got my social security (retirement) benefits confirmation letter, and it stated my first check was being deposited 12/24.  (hello, already past.)  So I went online for my bank to check.

On 12/20 it showed a direct deposit for social security, for $0.00.  What the heck?

I called the bank; they confirmed this and said it looked like a test run, to see if it was a valid account.  But nothing had occurred since.

I called Social Security; automatron hell.  I went online.  It showed on 12/19 there was a deposit for the amount SS told me it was going to be, not $0.

I emailed my Social Security guy (who I had talked to and previously communicated with.)  He confirmed the deposit on 12/19, (and that my bank hadn’t rejected it/returned the funds), but when I told him what happened and asked for proof of the deposit, he said he couldn’t provide it by mail, and I had to visit my local Social Security office.  :: groan ::  (he was nice and apologized for the inconvenience, at least…)

I work until 12:30 tomorrow.  I will go home afterwards and pick up hubby to go with me.  I’m sure I’m going to enter bureaucratic hell.  Social security says they paid.  The bank says they didn’t.  Who’s going to budge?  I suspect I’ll get some paperwork (I hope) from the SS office, to take to the bank branch, of proof of deposit.  And pray they (my bank) find it or will accept it.  I will have to confirm with SS what bank/routing info they have, but it must be right or there wouldn’t be a ‘Social Security for my full name’ ACH direct deposit on my account (even if for the wrong amount, zero)….if they had it wrong, correct?

I’m flummoxed.  Hope for the best but prepare for the worst.  Why couldn’t this go smoothly?  😦

Weather spoiled, indeed!

Well, no El Nino in sight this winter.  Here are the next few days’ forecast for my city:



DEC 27

W 5 mph 40%

DEC 28

WNW 5 mph 33%

DEC 29

W 5 mph 31%

DEC 30

SSW 7 mph 37%

Yes, you can hate me now.  But we pay for this, quite literally, through the nose.  High cost housing, high property tax on said housing….etc. etc.  It’s a trade-off.

One I will enjoy today-tomorrow, while I’m off work.  Probably wearing shorts.  LOL

Square One with an Amazon Fire

Hi everyone!

I’m off work today through Thursday, then only work a half day on Friday.  Gotta love it!

I have two things on my ‘gotta do’ list for this time off (hubby isn’t taking any time off, but he works from home 4 days a week.)

1.  Get to know my new Amazon Fire that I got from Santa
2.  prune my roses

I was going to do the roses today (or at least start it today), but it’s ‘only’ going to be a high of 68 today, and 74 tomorrow, 76 on Thursday, so I’m putting it off and wait for the nicer weather.  🙂

I already got to where I know how to move icons on my home screen around, I loaded Twitter and Facebook and Slotomania (LOL) on it, and I even managed to upload a pretty photo and changed my wallpaper (although it took a few attempts to get the ‘saved’ / ‘downloaded’ photo to show in my ‘photos’ folder.

I can’t find a very detailed ‘how to’ tutorial yet, even on Amazon, for my current model, just the very barest of minimums, so I have to putz to figure out.  All my books are there and with the covers showing in the Kindle ‘library’, it looks pretty spectacular.  But I have to sync the book on my Paperwhite, to see how a book actually looks on the Fire lighting system; hope it’s good.

This is MUCH faster than my 3-4 year old iPad, so that’s cool.  It just takes getting used to it.  I don’t think I can bookmark webpages to the Home Screen unfortunately, only apps.  But I can access pretty easily the bookmarks in the browser (“Silk”-which is brand new to me), so not much more than 1-2 extra steps to get that.  Like I said, I need to do more putzing around with it.

Santa was very generous to me; he always is.  Lots of it are putzy little things, like a new pack of emery boards for my nails, but a few cool gifts too (like a set of 70’s soul CD’s and the Wonder Woman CD and a knit cap I was particularly lusting for.  LOL) 

So, just lying low today.  We had a really great steak dinner at mom’s last night; Santa and I brought all of food and mom just kicked back and let us do it, while we all watched the late NFL game on TV.  It was a really nice evening.

We are about 3 episodes now into West World (we just started HBO last week), and I’m LOVING it.  It’s just the right level of creepy/weird sci-fi/psychological thriller.  Anyone else into it?  After we get through this we are going to start Big Little Lies.  And there are 3 Fox TV shows starting right after the first of the year that we can’t wait for (9-1-1 and the LA-Vegas comedy, as well as X-Files.)

So, that’s where I am this loving Boxing Day.

How was your holiday?  I will get around to all of your blogs later today.

Much love!


And then I don’t work until the following Friday, and only half day then.

Plenty of time to get back into the swing of visiting so many blogs as you so kindly do for me!

I hope your holiday season is going well, despite the brouhaha of politics.

I’ll be back some time Friday afternoon!