Wednesday, November 10, 2010

The Collision of Two Seasons

That is an autumn leaf among the first snowflakes that had melted on the sidewalk. And me, I was the nutty observer. Kneeling on the sidewalk outside of Saks at the Cherry Creek Mall taking photos.

I need to be at a meeting in 45 minutes, and here I am, sitting in my jammies, drinking coffee.

I have not much of relevance to say today.

So I will say something of no relevance.

Is anyone trying to compromise ANYONE's security to PAY their bills? Honestly, it is becoming increasing difficult for me to pay my bills because of the increased security. I have payed most of my bills online for at least a decade. But now, the passwords have to be uber secure - and change frequently, so that it is not possible for a mortal mind to remember them. Today is trash day (something I have written about more times than a normal person would) and my trash is sitting at the curb, but it may not be picked up. I have been trying for over a week to pay my bill, but cannot figure out the combination of my "account number" and "password" to pay my frickin' bill. I will call this morning and ask them to please help me with this. And I think that is ridiculous. I am sure no one is trying to hack into my waste management account to pay my bill! (I understand a level of security on credit card accounts, but this is different!)

I think I will stay sober in spite of this, and I hope you all do too.


Roxie said...

I just recently had this same battle with my bank. My position was this: Don't restrict access to MY money and then tell me it's an added service. MY money is protected by laws, etc. If you can't handle YOUR security, that's your problem. Very frustrating, at times. I feel your pain.

dAAve said...

I made a word file that contains all of my user names and passwords. I refer to it almost every day. I also read that it's a good idea for your lawyer or someone close to you to have a copy of this information, in case of your tragic death.

Kim A. said...

I have one or two bills that I could NEVER pay online due to uber paranoid network nerds on the other end. I have one of them automatically deduct the bill now. I get an email before hand in case of problems. The other one, I pay from my bank's online bill pay. I get up to 10 bills free and it still saves me the postage. As a nerd, I can attest to the fact that we have never been anywhere near normal. ::sigh::


Jess Mistress of Mischief said...


Arlene said...

I have been using a notebook to record usernames, passwords, and account numbers for at least 8 years. Of course we are often told not to write down our PW's, but when one needs to use so many, it just becomes impossible.
Imagine being in your 70's and remembering usernames and passwords for a couple of banks, a couple of investment firms, a few online newspapers, etc. etc.

Syd said...

I have a record of my user ID and passwords. Most bills are paid the old fashioned way--via check and snail mail. I like that leaf against the gray sidewalk.

Anonymous said...

Jesus drank from 3 cups during the Last Supper, but the last - the fourth - he did not drink from then.

Matthew 27:48, Mark 15:36, Luke 23:36, and John 19:30 show Jesus drinking vinegar or sour wine on the cross, from a sponge placed on a hyssop branch. The hyssop branch was symbolic of the sprinkling of the Passover lamb's blood using a hyssop branch - see Exodus 12:22.

So Jesus was truly the Passover Lamb; then he said, "It is finished." When did Jesus drink the last cup?

PJ said...

I love the juxtaposition of the delicate scarlet leaf against rough gray payment. Truly a reminder of how there is unexpected beauty in our everday world which can leave us absolutely breathless. Love how God shows up when we least expect it! RE the security issue -- I had a scare a little over a year ago and changed all my passwords. The result -- I haven't been able to access my main email account I've had since 1997 ever since. Called service provider, and they were nice, but no dice. Locked out for-EVAH!

Let Go, Let God said...

Thanks for the reminder...I need to pay my bills and take out the trash. I'm not being uber responsible this week. That's okay...I enjoyed your blog.

snowghost said...


My comments have nothing to do with your current blogs, and then again maybe they do. I want you to know that your articles, despite the fact you think you can't be honest due to other peoples agendas, etc., is important. I want you to know that I really look forward to reading your blogs. There are so many out there; yours is relevant and important.

So you know, your blog has kept me borderline sane recently. I am an alcoholic, no shit. I have finally admitted that in the last 6 months - very accomplished, in many ways, yet a HFA for sure, 46 years old, drinking for at least 30 years. I know I need help. I know I need to go to AA. But I am scared and haven't been able to bring myself to that point. Your blog has, however, stopped me a few times from using and is helping, A LOT.

I am not yet sober consistently, but I do want to get there and hope I can get to AA. Your blog and others, of successful recovered alcoholics is important, at least to those of us struggling on the edge.

The best thing that I remember that you said in a blog that I try to remember everyday, is

"Let's all stay sober today, no matter what, OK?"

I just want you to know you are making a difference. I know I personally am at a crossroads. I am soon not for this world either by my hand or the bottle, or I will prevail. I don't know what is going to happen. but your blogs have made a difference to me and I know they are making a difference to others.

Take care