Did you ever have one of those days when it seems like everybody in the world is lined up waiting for their turn to tick you off? Yesterday was one of those days for me. It started out by discovering that the online payment I tried to make for our water bill didn’t get credited for some reason and we had a late notice. I went online to try to figure out what had happened and it didn’t show the payment at all.
This has happened before because the city’s website has a lot of funky issues, and when it happened before and I made a second payment, both of them then showed up, meaning I had made a double payment. Not wanting to mess with that again, I drove down to City Hall, explained the problem, and the woman there checked her computer and said no, no online payment had been recorded. So I gave her a check, and once she logged that in and handed me my receipt, she said, “Oh, your, online payment also just posted.” Which, of course, meant I had made a double payment again. I asked for the check back, but she said she couldn’t do that since it had already been recorded. We went round and round a while about it until a supervisor came out and agreed to cancel the online payment.
City Hall sits on the corner of Park and Riverside Drives, with the parking lot on Riverside. While I was in there dealing with that, the lights flickered off and on a couple of times. When I came outside, two police cars had blocked off both Riverside and Park. I asked one of the officers what was going on, and he said a truck had hit a power pole and knocked out a transformer a couple of blocks down Riverside. I asked if he could move his car so I could make a right turn onto Park and go back to US Highway 1 to go home, and he said no, he could not move his car. Instead, I would have to turn around and go the opposite direction almost a mile to come out onto busy US 1 and make a left turn without a traffic light.
Why? All I was going to do was turn right, I wasn’t going anywhere near where the power lines were down, but he said nope, he wasn’t moving his car. I was already frustrated enough with city employees by that time, so instead, I just drove across a little three-foot wide section of grass from the parking lot directly onto Park Avenue. I come from a cop family and always respect police officers, but sometimes you run into one who’s very impressed with his badge and wants the whole world to know it.
Back at our little community office, I went in to get a new parking sticker for the truck, which I had requested over a week ago since the old one would not come off of the windshield when I had it replaced. That turned into another hassle that I won’t get into. Just another guy who is on a power trip. I finally got my sticker and left.
Back at home, I edited three new chapters of Pucker Factor, then had a nice dinner with Terry and we watched some TV. When I went back to my office after the 11 o’clock news to write the blog, my computer had turned itself off and would not restart. Just what I needed after a frustrating day.
It took half an hour of pushing the power button off and on before it finally booted up. This has been an ongoing issue, and I think the power switch needs to be replaced. One of our neighbors does computer repair on the side, and he’s going to come over today and see what he can do for me. Since computer parts seem to be scarce these days due to supply chain issues, it may be a case of bypassing the switch completely until he can get one for me.
So that was my long, frustrating day. Hopefully yours was better, and hopefully, today will be a better one for me as well.
And finally, here’s a chuckle to start your day from the collection of funny signs we see in our travels and that our readers share with us.
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Thought For The Day – Sometimes the supply of available curse words is insufficient to meet my demands.