Funny about Money

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. ―Edmund Burke

Chaos, continued…

So in another 15 minutes I’ve got to race out the door so as to be parked at the credit union’s door when they open. Jeez!

I went online to check on the new account my beloved Banker (Justin) opened at the credit union, by way of forestalling any hackers poaching from my impossible-to-close goddamn PayPal account. After trying and failing to get in — none of my passwords work, and you have to have a password to get customer service from PayPal — I realized the way to prevent malefactors from draining my account through DropBox was simply to change the account number at the credit union. Justin agreed with this and made it so.

Sounds good, doesn’t it?

Well. No.

After I got home…after dark, well after the CU closed on Friday…I went online to check this and found a nearly empty savings account and no checking account.

Several thousand dollars reside(d?) in that account. So as you can imagine, I’ve been in a sweat all weekend.

Seems to me there are three possibilities:

  1. The account is simply misplaced somehow and can, with any luck, be restored to my access.
  2. The account had already been hacked and was empty at the time Justin changed it over to a new account number; hence it doesn’t show online because there’s nothing to show.
  3. I need some new password to get at it.

No. 3 is highly unlikely: why would I be able to see the savings account if I needed a new password to get into my CE Desk accounts? They’re linked.

No. 2 is a possibility, but it seems to me Justin would have mentioned that the account was empty, since he knew my concern about this was that someone might empty it.

No. 1 is, I sincerely hope, the likeliest scenario.

In any event, even the simplest explanation adds still MORE hassle to an already hassle-filled series of crises. Now I have to drive clear across the city, do battle with this new phenomenon, drag back here, try again to get online…oh, shit shit shit SHIT! Am I ever sick and tired of dealing with crises and catastrophes!!!!!!!!!

To add to the fun, my erstwhile business partner and I had planned to meet at our favorite restaurant this afternoon. So that means that in addition to driving and driving and driving and driving to the west side of the Valley, I’ll have to turn around and drive and drive and drive and drive to the east side!

Fortunately, we’re meeting for dessert, I having decided that the cuisine there has deteriorated to the point that it’s not worth $50 for a fancy meal and a glass or two of wine. Their desserts are still excellent, but the last two times I’ve been there, neither meal was worth the prices they charge.

Which is too bad: they used to be decidedly worth it.

Late morning

She’s b-a-a-a-c-k!

Arrived at the credit union as the doors opened. One guy was ahead of me, but two tellers were on duty, one of whom promptly referred me to the manager.

The heroic Justin, of course, started this day across town in the corporate office, whence he has been despatched. Deb, a migrating manager, was standing in for our regular boss.

It didn’t take her long to see the problem and to harass their IT people. First off, she discovered that the account’s funds are still intact: no problem. Then she beat the IT folks about the head & shoulders to get make the account show up on my end. She said the fix would take two or three days to “take.” But that’s fine, as long as we know that the money is there and we know where it is. Recurring payments for CEDesk are charged to AMEX, so if push came to shove, I could’ve paid them from Personal. But it doesn’t look like that will be necessary.

And, though there’s no way I can close the PayPal account (apparently), it is now disconnected from any of my bank accounts and so nothing can be sponged out of the credit union.

Can you imagine trying to get this mess cleaned up at a Wells Fargo or BofA branch? 😀

Twenty minutes before it’s time to head for lovely downtown Tempe…


The pool is now crystal clear: check that off the fiasco list.

iCloud seems to have scrambled some data and lost other data in the download from DropBox. However, so far I haven’t discovered losses that I can’t live without.

Clients: One is confused. I would like to migrate him to iCloud but fear this would cause even more confusion. I’ve left his files on DropBox, but he still seems a little flummoxed about the whole affair. This, I will deal with later.

Surgical leg wound: slowly getting better, i think. Have an appointment tomorrow.

Lost Social Security and Medicare cards: Dunno how that lovely man swung it, but both cards have now showed up!

And so…away!




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  1. I love my credit union.

    That is all.

  2. I’m a big credit union fan myself.