And there were several of them this week.
1. My son sent an over-sized birthday card without realizing it would need extra postage. In the past if I received mail with postage due, the mailman would deliver the mail anyway and put a little envelope in the mailbox for me to put the change owed inside and return it via the box. I always paid up. Always. But this week, the mailman left a note and took the card back to the post office so I had to make a special trip to pick it up. The postage due was only 70 cents. It probably cost me $2.00 in gas to go to the post office and back. That’s just plain obnoxious, Postal People.
2. You saw those snow pictures on my newly planted flowers last week, right? That was annoying, too, but clearly my own fault. I know better than to plant stuff in Northern Colorado before May 15th.
3. The orange neighbor cat was back sniffing around my garden. We’ve chased him away twice so far. I haven’t been able to put the cat repellent out because it’s too windy and I really don’t like having it blown in my face. Keeping the soil in the garden wet is my only weapon at the moment as this cat doesn’t like digging in mud.
4. We’ve received several calls this week from the scammers who tell us our medical alert system is ready to ship but they need a boatload of information to complete the deal. Some of them are robo calls, but a couple have been real people. I yell, “This is a scam and I know it, so stop calling here.” But it appears we’re on a list of senior citizens, the nation’s most vulnerable group. I keep wondering who sold our names and ages. You idiots, stop selling our names, ages, addresses, and phone numbers. That’s a crappy way to make a buck. Geesh.
5. Somebody is trying to hack our computers. They try so many methods, but one I find particularly annoying is when I get an email with the name of someone I know in the email address box and the subject line “For Pat.” When I run the cursor over that email address name, it’s something totally foreign and definitely bogus. Who has been in my email address book in order to get that information and then how did it get into the hands of a spammer?
I hate that we have to be so careful and that we’re vulnerable if we’re out here doing our writing promo stuff on email and social media.
6. One of my projects for this afternoon is to run a deep scan on my computer. My husband found trojans on his computer last week but they didn’t show up with a routine scan. He found them only with a deep scan. One more big fat aggravation.
What’s driving you crazy these days?