December 28th, 2004

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What would you do for a Klondike bar?

I laughed at how obsessed Scott was getting over my iPod. I had to practically pry it from his hands. Well, I've been sucked in now too. It's actually pretty dang cool. He had already loaded it with about 200 songs, and I've spent some time loading in extras. It's handy to play it in my car and not have to mess with all of the CDs. Now I just need to get a case so it doesn't get banged up in my purse. I also need a bigger purse since I like to keep my digital camera with me, and now this :)

I'm at a bit of a loss on how to keep the kids occupied over the next week. It's so much easier during the warm/hot months, because you can go outside and play. When it's cold, you are somewhat limited in your activities. Today, we're going to go to the grocery store, and maybe to Target. They are already limited in what they can do around the house, outside of playing with toys, because of a new rule Scott and I put in place. They can only watch a show, play a video game, or play with their remote controlled cars if they go to the potty and haven't had any accidents. It works pretty well with Michael, but our stubborn Matthew doesn't seem to care. He really would spend his life with no show, no games, whatever as long as it meant not going to the potty. I know that they won't spend the rest of their lives having accidents, but DEAR GOD!!! They are almost four and I'm tired of cleaning up that. It's hard when I hear parents talking about their child being completely trained by 2 1/2 (or earlier) when my boys have been so stubborn. Oh well, I love them anyway!!!!

Oh - my brother wrote me email the other day, and it always feel funny to hear him address me as 'sis' and say he loves me. To give the back story, we share a father, but he's like 20 years older than me. When I was 5, our dad passed away. He didn't care for my mom, so he left and told the family that when I was 18 he would get in touch with me. HE DID!!! I went to visit him, and we've talked occasionally ever since. But there is this distance. He was not there for 13 years. We don't have a history together, so he doesn't FEEL like a brother even though I know he is. I love him, but I yearn for the true brother/sister relationship that I missed being raised as an only child. I wish he were closer so I could see him more often. He's never met my boys.

I guess the holidays really do make you melancholy. *sigh*
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Take my LIFE. Ruin my credit. Come on - nobody will CARE!

Ok, what is the purpose of having laws against identity theft, criminal investigators and fraud prevention groups at the credit card companies if none of it works? When I found out that my social security number and date of birth were being used to open credit cards, I aggressively attacked back. I closed everything off, got as much information as I could from the companies, and looked at my credit reports (all three) with a magnifying glass. I put security alerts on my reports, so nobody can open a card without calling me first to verify. I took my name off the pre-auth list, so they can no longer send out pre-approved credit card offers. I put in a report with the Federal Trade Commission. I filed a police report here in Plano. I requested that the companies that the person opened cards with send me an affidavit to fill out, so I could (by the Fair Credit Reporting Act) receive the information from the application and all credit transaction information.

Well - it's useless!!! The credit card companies will not cooperate with the Plano police. They figure now that the account is closed, they don't need to do anything else. Why bother if it won't gain them anything? One company even said they wouldn't recognize a official request from Texas, it needed to come from their local state police. So, the Plano police called back to say that since they were getting nowhere, and the actual 'crime' probably didn't even happen in Plano, that they were going to close the file. One company that I spoke to said that the original application was filled out online, and went into their database and that they don't have a 'form' to be able to provide me with the information that was given. I ever so politely told the person that I didn't care if he had to read it out of the database and write it on a piece of paper, once he got that affidavit from me, by LAW, the company had 30 days to provide me with the information from the application and all business transactions.

I told the detective that _I_ was going to continue to investigate, and that if I got the information, would I be able to give it to them to get it reopened? "Well, like I said, the crime probably didn't happen here anyway..."

BITE ME. Someone rips off someone you are sworn to protect, but because you would have to work with other law enforcement agencies or get a little push back from the credit card companies, you DROP IT????

I don't lay down so easily. I know the law is on my side, even though the people sworn to uphold it obviously aren't.