Bank Error In Your Favor

I know that most of us feel like this is a completely untrue premise…that this never actually happens in real life.  This week, however, either some of the old Ernest Greene luck or divine providence kicked-in.

Since I was a youth minister for so long, I worked for a very long time in positions that paid well below market rates for people with $124,000 educations.  Couple that with some genuinely bone-headed financial decisions between 1998 and 2003 and I ended up with a student loan that stayed in deferral for far too long.  Now, I’m forty-six and still paying off a student loan where the balance is actually greater than the original principle from twenty years ago.

Thankfully, and to my great surprise, I got a notification from my lender this week.  Apparently they had made a serious error on their end some years ago.  Although I have been faithfully paying for well over fifteen years, they had not been billing me properly or in accordance with our loan agreement.  As a result of their error, they credited my student loan balance to the tune of about $6,600 and adjusted my payment terms.

As a result of their error and subsequent adjustment in my payment terms, I should be shed of this burden in about five years.  At that point, Master will have given Dobby a suit of clothes and he will be a free elf.  Dobby will finally be freeeee!

Seriously, modern student loans feel so much like indentured servitude and all it takes is the mistake of taking out a consolidation load to remove most of your rights and stick you with a ridiculous interest rate.  This is such a huge blessing.

How much of our lives are wasted on scrolling through meaningless bullcrap on the internet?

How much of our lives are wasted on scrolling through meaningless bullcrap on the internet?

That is the question that I have been wanting to ask for a long time.  Unfortunately, I felt that I had to cut way back on my Facebook time before I could ask it without being a hypocrite.  Why do we even know or care who Kim Kardashian is?  Why is Miley Cyrus not broke and living out of a dumpster?

Why do we pay no-value celebrities any attention at all?  Even better, why do we worship them?

Imagine if you had all the time back that you spent scrolling through your Facebook feed.  Imagine if you spent that time with the ones whom you love…without a screen between you.

All week long, I’ve been missing this place.

I miss having my favorite place to eat.  I miss the food.  I miss the people.  I miss Jenny and her unique brand of service.  I miss Stephen playing with my daughter on breaks from the kitchen.  I miss Tom’s food.  I miss hanging out there with my friends.

I want a Diablo with wedges and a ginger tea.  I want fried pickles and about a gallon of Tom’s homemade ranch dressing.  I want a buffalo chicken sandwich with fries.  I want Burgermeister’s.

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Apparently, Mail Issues Do Matter to the Postal Service

I’m not sure what happened, but after speaking to District Management in Charlotte, it looks like there is going to be some recourse on the aforementioned issues.  The misdelivery issues are apparently something that are easier to fix, but the Greenville center causing delays and lost mail is getting their attention.

It helps to be able to give concrete examples of mail problems.  I thought the lady was going to choke when I told her about the certified mail being misdelivered and the carrier just shrugging his shoulders when he came to pick it up.

Accountability.  All jobs ought to have it.

Back to the Shack

“…’Cause this is what I was meant to do and you can’t put that on sale” – Rivers Cuomo (Weezer)

 

I finally seem to have caught traction, over the past two weeks, so let’s see about getting back to business.  I would like to take a moment to thank some folks who really went the extra mile during the passing of my father.

These folks really went out of their way to make sure that I was okay: Bucky and Kristin, Matty P., Joseph Speed Jones Tanner III, Brian, Cliff, Trip, and P. Scott.  You guys are awesome!  Thanks.