Three weeks ago, Craig was informed of suspicious charges on his credit card. He didn't make them, so the card was canceled, and he was issued a new card. He was mildly annoyed because it happened just after we'd donated to listen to The Princess Bride reading, but, in the end, no foul, right?
Well. Until his new card came at the end of last week, he was using our back-up card, a card that never gets used. Only a handful of charges went on it before he started using his new card. He'd only done a few of those when, this morning, he discovered that not only had his new card been used fraudulently in the last 24 hours, but so was the back-up card he'd been using. The evidence clearly indicates it's three different hackers stealing his credit card information, so now those two cards have to be canceled and re-issued. He's especially annoyed because he's pretty sure the new one got stolen when he contributed to helping a co-worker deal with paying for his father's funeral (he died last week of Covid) in India. Craig walked out of his office this morning, saying, "I am never helping anyone again."
People suck. I hate this world right now.
Today's meme question: Are you musically inclined? Do you sing or play an instrument?
I play the piano, flute, and guitar, but none of them great. I learned piano first when I had a few lessons in third grade, then taught myself the rest which means I have a lot of very bad habits. I learned the flute when I was in middle school band and surprised Alicia with how much I remembered when she started playing in fifth grade. I picked up the guitar almost fifteen years ago, but I dabble more than anything else. I sing a little bit, too, but not in front of other people most of the time. The one and only time I had to sing in a show was in a musical version of the children's show, "The Velveteen Rabbit," where I played the mean Nana who took care of the little boy. It had such showstoppers as "Top Banana Nana" and all the small children were terrified of me so you can guess how that went. Well, all except one adorable five-year-old who glued herself to me and told all the other kids they were stupid to be scared because I was the nicest person in the show, lol.
10 Have you ever called someone the wrong name during sex or been called the wrong name by your partner?
11 What’s a form of entertainment that everyone seems to enjoy, but that you do not?
12 What three things are you most thankful for?
13 What is something you've never done but would like to try to do? Why don't you?
14 What is something you've tried but would never do again?
15 If, without being detected, you could spy electronically for the next month and watch anyone, anywhere, anytime like a fly on a wall, would you? If so, who would you watch and how closely? If not, why not?
16 If it were the only way you could remain with the love of your life, would you be willing for both of you to wake up tomorrow as native speakers of an unfamiliar language, knowing that within a week, you'd permanently forget the language(s) you now speak and largely be cut off from your friends and culture? If so, what new language would you want to speak and why?
17 If a movie were being made of your life, which actor would play the starring role?
18 Write the words that you need to hear today.
19 If you had to be obsessed with money, sex, sports, religion or food, which one would you choose?
20 What do you love most about yourself?
21 Ignoring all financial considerations, would you rather spend the next 5 years confined to an urban mecca (e.g. New York City, London, etc) or a beautiful, isolated coastal town somewhere?
22 How would you react if you learned that a sad and beautiful poem that touched you deeply had been written by a computer?
23 What is a character trait you despise in others, but you know you also have that same trait?
24 What is the most serious law you've broken doing something you thought was morally right, wouldn't hurt anyone, or was no one's business but yours? How bad would the punishment have been if you'd been caught and given the maximum sentence?
25 If you were on a jury, would you be willing to convict a person for something you didn't think should be considered a crime?
26 If your heart were damaged beyond repair, but you could regain your health for a few more years by getting a heart transplant from a genetically engineered pig, would you?
27 What is your favorite question to ask people?
28 What stage play is your favorite?
29 For $100,000 (or equivalent in your currency) would you put on 40 pounds/18 kg and keep it on for 3 years? How much money, if any, would induce you to put on 100 pounds/45 kg for at least a year?
30 If you were president/prime minister/supreme leader etc. of your country, what is the first thing you would do?
31 What’s the scariest movie you’ve ever seen?