Some despicable creature used my (just re-created!) debit card number to buy $700 of whatever at a goddamn Wal-Mart in Morgan Hill, CA, causing the number to go dead just before I go overseas for two weeks.
This has resulted in yakety-sax with harmonizing sad trombone for the last two hours, including a conversation with my bank about Japanese addresses, two disconnections at critical parts of a discussion with them, a number of deadlines and minimum service times just exactly out of reach, use of the entire week’s supply of foul language, and a thing where I bumped my elbow on the door.
Rays of sunshine: my bank caught it and I’m not paying for this troglodyte’s Wal-Martery; I actually have money, it’s just going to be a bit harder to get at; I’m going to Japan, dammit.
That war on bank fraud? We’re not winning!
I am going to go on a trip with my mother overseas. I have no idea where we should go. I partly grew up in Europe but haven’t been to Paris or London or Venice since the Carter administration.
I’ve never been to Asia, Australia, Africa, or any of Eastern Europe. She was in Russia pretty recently and isn’t into that, but otherwise she’s amenable to suggestion.
I’m interested in what the group mind thinks. We both like old stones and culture vulture stuff and music. She likes theater and I like more popular music and jazz stuff, but neither of us has some consuming interest that demands satisfaction. In general culture wins over nature with us.
I’d love to see Venice again, and Europe in general draws me back. My French and Italian are awful (she’s better) so it would be easier but less exotic to be somewhere that would deal with a monolingual American idiot. We should avoid war zones and places where a woman in her 80s with crappy arthritis would find it tiresome to get around, even with her son helping.
OPEN THREAD YO. Where should we go, and why?
…on Friday the 13th no less. A few other pictures from my trip are in a Flickr set here.
someone’s smoking or other fire safety issues threw us all out of the hotel this morning. thank you SFFD for dealing with it. back to “normal” now.
Going to San Francisco for a week. Not taking a computer. I’ll have my phone so I can do email or AIM in order to make contact etc.
Because I am in the coils of COBRA, and this has not yet started up, my medical coverage is in a very high-rent limbo. In order to get my prescriptions refilled this month I have to pay cash. I take four head pills long-term. Can you guess what the total bill per month is for these four, cash over the counter, no insurance?
I am back from SF which was lovely. I ate and drank well, and enjoyed the company of many good people. Special thanks to zebulon_y for the use of a couch much longer than is considered polite. There is pork on the way.
I won’t try to summarize the trip because I am lazy.
If anyone huge happened in my absence, I may have missed it because skip=430.
I will be in SF from the 18th to the 23rd of June.