Friday, February 01, 2008

Mad as a March Hare

I'm not sure where that expression comes from and I'm probably not really that mad, but I am mightily miffed you might say. I came home today to a letter from a Check recovery service trying to get payment (plus service fees) for a check that my bank sent for Josh's lessons back in September. The check was for $18 and they want another $32.48 in service fees. The original check was sent by my bank as I use their online bill paying service out of convenience. The check wasn't cashed by the school in 90 days, therefore, my bank wouldn't cash it. I never heard a single thing from the school or the district regarding this check until I get this letter from an outside agency. On top of all of that, the letter was sent to a wrong address before it ever got to me and is addressed to me in my former married name that I haven't used in four years. It states that I have 10 days from the date of the letter to pay it or they will pursue an arrest warrant. So I get the letter 5 days late and have until the 5th to take care of it at which time I'll be out of town. I've sent an email to the band director about it asking why it wasn't cashed for over three months and what can be done about it as it was not my fault that the check could not be cashed. I also emailed my bank to have them call me about it and what recourse I have in this situation. Since it was after 6:00 when I got all this information, there's nothing I could do about it. Now I'm about to leave for Vegas and by the time I get back, there might be an arrest warrant issued for me. Well, if it comes down to it, I'll fight it in court if I need to.

So I spent a good portion of the evening ranting about that issue and then I had to go to the store to get groceries for Josh while I'm gone. I picked up supper and had laundry to do. I just now started packing at 10:30 this evening. My uncle called me earlier to fax him a copy of my driver's license and wouldn't you know that my scanner wouldn't work. Josh brought me an old one from the garage so I hooked it up and scanned it. If it's not one thing, it's another I guess. I have to be ready to go at 6:40 in the morning. I am fighting a cold that is coming on so I feel a bit miserable right now.

I need to figure out what the weather is going to be there so I can pack appropriately. I also have to get directions to the closest church so I can go to Mass tomorrow evening or Sunday morning. I did do the radio interview today. I hope it went well. I felt like I didn't sound very interesting or enlightening, but the lady that interviewed me had done her homework by actually reading my Catholic blog and asked me questions relating to it. I guess it went o.k. I'm always my own worst critic so I guess we'll just wait and see - or hear as the case may be.

Well, I better get back to packing so I'll be ready to go in the morning. I don't know when I'll post again. I don't know if I'll have internet access while I'm there. I am taking my computer so I may at least write and post when I get back.


Summer said...

I would be spitting nails if I were you. That's a horrible thing to have happen.

On the other hand, you truly have some exciting things going on in your life. You are blessed!

Susan said...

The school should totally reimburse you for that. And perhaps you should sue them for mental anguish. When you write someone a check, it's their responsibility to cash it in a timely manner if they are interested in the money. Ugh.

Andrew said...

I just wanted you to know the reason I like your blog so much is that you actually update. So many blogs I read update once or twice a week and I lose interest. You have been a real gem in my online reading habits and thanks for sharing your days. I've seen you grow and if a late thirties woman could mature more then you have. I appreciate you so much and appreciate your friendship even more.

Hope you're having a good time in Vegas. I also hope you got to fly. I cam across another blog tonight and they were writing about the SHOT show in detail. Eat good food. Sleep well as you can. And know an adoring readership awaits you when you return. Take care dear friend.

Leann said...

Hey girl. Breathe and let go of what you have no control over. Enjoy the trip and deal with the 'stuff' when you get back!

I'd be livid as well!

Anonymous said...

Arrest warrant? I guess in German it would be "Haftbefehl": You stumble over the cops and they can put you into jail, or you pay the fine cash. For 18 dollares? There will be an interesting story on NBC: "How a Texas teacher became public enemy no.1" :)
Hope you have a good time in Las Vegas and they won't get you when you come back!