I apologize for not posting a blog yesterday, but as I said, it was a long, busy day and time just got away from me.
When we left Go Daddy and switched to a new host for the blog a while back, our e-mail was still with Go Daddy. About three months ago I received an e-mail from them saying that they were no longer providing e-mail and were switching us to Microsoft 365 E-mail Essentials, which would be free for two months, and then we would have to pay an annual fee for it. I was busy writing and kept putting things off and rode out most of the two free months, then decided I had better do something.
We have a Microsoft Office 365 subscription for all of our computers, and it was my understanding that it came with e-mail, so I did not know if I had to renew through Go Daddy or if I could just switch over to them. Of course, when I called Go Daddy, I was on hold for over a half-hour before I got to talk to anyone, who insisted that I had to use them and pay the renewal, which was no surprise.
But I decided to check with Microsoft first, thinking that if we were already paying for a subscription, we might not have to give Go Daddy any more money. So I spent about an hour trying to get to somebody at Microsoft who could tell me anything.
Of course, you can’t talk to a real person, or at least one with any English language skills you can understand, so after being put on hold three different times, I was told that I would have to use their online chat form. I did that and spent another hour or so talking to someone who could at least type English fairly well even if he couldn’t speak it, with the end result being that after he put me on hold several times and came back and told me to try a couple of different things, he finally informed me that he worked in the home subscription department and could not help me because we have a business subscription.
So he switched me over to someone in that department, and I got to spend another 90 minutes going back and forth with him. The end result was that, “as he understood it,” we would have a free e-mail address that ended in outlook.com or microsoftoutlook.com or microsoft365.com, he wasn’t sure, but we would not be able to keep our current gypsyjournal.net e-mail addresses, a name we have owned since we first started RVing. I told him that we have had the same e-mail addresses for over 21 years and I don’t want to change them. He put me on hold again for a while, then came back and said that they would eventually expire from Go Daddy in 30 to 90 days, and then we could switch them over, “as he understood it.”
The long and the short of it was he didn’t seem to understand much, and every time he put me on hold to ask somebody else, the story changed. By then I had decided that renewing with GoDaddy for $57 a year for the two e-mail addresses was a better alternative than wasting any more of my time, so that’s what I did.
About the time I wrapped that up, Terry had dinner ready, delicious roast chicken with mashed potatoes, gravy, corn for me, and broccoli for her. Then we settled in to watch the last three episodes of Maid on Netflix. As I mentioned in a blog a few days ago, I was involved with a women’s shelter for several years and the story in the miniseries was pretty darn accurate, including the main character going back to her abusive boyfriend and realizing that he would never change before she finally got out for good. Sometimes it was like a revolving door for us, seeing women go back again and again to the same situation they had escaped from.
On a happier note, for the next couple of days, my good friend Mona Ingram is offering her book Madison for free. It’s the story of a would-be actress who grows disillusioned with Hollywood and returns home, where she seizes the opportunity to help revitalize the dying town and meets a reclusive author who may make her believe that he is worth a second chance at love. Mona has a legion of dedicated fans, so check out this free book, and I bet you’ll become one of them!
It’s Thursday, so it’s time for a new Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an audiobook of Dog’s Run, my mystery set in a small Ohio town in 1951. I have 36 novels out, as well as 11 nonfiction books, and I have to say that Dog’s Run is my favorite. It’s a gritty tale that is loosely based upon an actual crime that took place in that part of the country when my father was a young police officer there, and I warn you in advance that there’s some rough language, but it’s appropriate to the time and place. To enter, click on this Free Drawing link or the tab at the top of this page and enter your name (first and last) in the comments section at the bottom of that page (not this one). Only one entry per person per drawing please, and you must enter with your real name. To prevent spam or multiple entries, the names of cartoon or movie characters are not allowed. The winner will be drawn Sunday evening. Note: Due to the high shipping cost of printed books and Amazon restrictions on e-books to foreign countries, only entries with US addresses and e-mail addresses are allowed.
Thought For The Day – Mistakes are the price of an interesting life.