March, 2011

  1. You Think I Was Stressed Two Posts Ago?

    March 31, 2011 by myeye

    Guess what’s in my bank account this morning (April 1st)  — yep!  The missing social security check from March 16th.  I wasted four hours yesterday waiting for someone to call number 31 — now I must return the in-office check.  I’m thinking US Postal Service rather than in person. First I’ll make sure it’s not an April Fools joke — though I think our government has little sense of humor.

    I am simply frazzled after today.

    I decided that since I was past retirement age, I would apply for Social Security.  After 66 (which happens very soon), you have no limit on the amount of income you can earn while you are drawing Social Security.  I thought it would be nice to have that extra money coming in so I could cut back my work hours a little.  (Actually I thought “Aha! Dog money!”)  I applied on-line in early January.  I received the award letter letting me know I would not receive money for January based on my previous year’s earnings, but payments would begin in February — to be received beginning in mid-March.  That was fine.

    So, mid-March was a couple of weeks ago and I received no deposit.  I called Social Security and it appears someone had entered my bank account number incorrectly — added a 1 in front of the actual number, so the bank sent the payment back to Social Security.  I was told that I would have the new deposit in 3 to 5 business days.  What actually happened, in 4 business days, Social Security pinged my bank account to make sure it was a real account.  When I saw the ping (for ZERO dollars), I called Social Security.  I was assured an electronic payment had been issued and it would be in my account in 3 to 5 business days.  (There is an echo in here.)  So, this Monday was 3 to 5 business days — and there was no money in my account.  I called Social Security where I am on a first name basis with a number of the “agents”.  No one knew what was wrong, but they decided to try a different way to get the money to my account.  It would be there in 72 hours which is today.  Nope!

    I called Social Security this morning.  There were plenty of apologies.  One of the high up supervisors told me to come to the office (which is just down the street from my office) and they would cut me a check there; said they weren’t busy at the moment; also assured me the check for April was going to be fine.  When I arrived, I knew I had completed my application on line for a reason.  There were 100 people waiting to be seen.  I tapped some info onto a computer monitor and it spit a number at me.  31  So I sat down with my little piece of paper.  Two hours later, 31 had not been called.  I forgot to tell you that they held a fire drill in the middle of all the waiting — everyone went outside for 30 minutes — no kidding! Finally a woman came out to verify the numbers that were really outstanding.  She didn’t call 31.  I showed her my number and she just groaned.  Meanwhile there were two people with 51 and two people with 73, and a couple people with F488.  The computer had burped and the numbers were all messed up.  I tugged on her sleeve — “Are you Wendy”?  She said yes and I said who I was.  She launched into an apology and next thing I knew I was sitting at a window with a supervisor.  They wrote a check, but when they brought it to me, it was not my full Social Security amount because in-office checks have a limit.  Guess what — the balance will be in my account in 3 to 5 business days.

    Now they might think they are safe while I’m in Houston, but I have all of their numbers and extensions.  I WILL phone them.

    To put this in a greater context, you should know that I accept appointments to represent indigent defendants in Federal Court.  Congress is so busy bickering about repealing health reform — and whatever else, that it has not passed a budget.  Congress is operating on three week long “continuing resolutions”.  Unfortunately for those of us who accept the Federal appointments, our payments have been deferred.  We will get paid — just cannot predict when.  That is how I want to pay my taxes — if I have no money, I just defer payment without interest or penalty.  Seems fair to me.

  2. Soothing Sunset

    March 30, 2011 by myeye

    When the sun sets, colors reflect at all angles in all directions.  Tonight a portion of the sunset was the vivid gold (as I often post).

    A fire in the sky

    However, away from the actual hole through which the sun dropped, the colors are softer.

    Pastels kissing the top of the mountain

    Pale, tossed clouds

  3. Stress Time

    March 30, 2011 by myeye

    Going to the National Specialty is always so much fun, but getting ready to go is the pits.  This week I am stuck in pre-trial witness interviews every day.  Yesterday morning we had a Motions Hearing and I was able to get one more Count in the Murder indictment dismissed.  On May 9th that 1st degree murder trial begins.  There is so much yet to do at the house so the house sitter is able to find the couch and bed.  I must make up one more batch of buddy burgers.  Last night the Board of our obedience club heard a formal complaint against a member — I had the misfortune of being a witness.   So yesterday I left the house at 5:00 AM and returned home at 10:00 PM.  I ordered some linen pants to take to Houston, but the company from which I ordered them sent them by UPS to my post office box — THAT doesn’t work.

    This weekend will be non-stop catching up on everything because next week I have an arbitration and must file several motions in the Federal drug case — trial for that one begins on June 6th.

    Once I am on the plane early Friday morning (the 8th) all will be out of my control.  Whatever is undone will just stay that way until I return.  I’m hoping none of my clients decides to hold a crisis during Nationals Week, that none of the judges decide we must have a hearing on some issue or other, that the house sitter has no issues that require veterinary intervention, that I remember to bring underwear and deodorant.

    All that said, I AM SO READY TO GO!

  4. Nikki – Scottsdale Win Photo

    March 29, 2011 by myeye

    Wellshire Absolut Magic, one of the Chase/Magic puppies, looked wonderful in Scottsdale.  This is her Winners Bitch/Best Opposite Sex (over Specials) photo from that show.  “Nikki” is owned by Carolyn Tompkins and her breeder Paula Weller.  I think she’s such a pretty girl.  She will be at the Houston Nationals so I’ll see her in person, which I’ve not done since the first weekend in June last year.  Her litter sister Ali (Wellshire Queen of Hearts) is also entered in Houston.  Ali earned another point over the weekend at Bremerton, and has a major and a bunch of little points.  Ali is owned by her breeders Paula and Eric Weller.  A boy from this litter, Wellshire Mr. Majestic (Deuce) has a major and some little points.  Eric and Paula still own him as well.  This litter will be one year old on April 12th.

  5. Heeeere’s Udi

    March 28, 2011 by myeye

    Sondra sent photos and a video of our cute red boy.  Here he is in his yard.  He’s a happy youngster with two little girls of his own.