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Faux-Spring Fever

So, every time I tried to post to Facebook this morning, a big grey screen descended from the Cloud making posting impossible.

Not necessarily a bad thing since the less time one spends in the great sucking hole that is social media, the better.

Still. A curious thing. I thought for a second that maybe I’d become trapped inside an episode of Black Mirror! That any minute, a little bot voice would come droning out from deep within my computer: Your social score is too low to post for the next 12 hours…

Web posting is broken at the moment, a tech-savvy pal reassured me. Not to worry. They'll fix that and break something else, I'm sure. Soon.


In other news, the weather has been positively spring-like for the past three days. Maybe even a bit alarmingly so. Ben reports crocus sightings in Tompkins County. Yesterday when I went running, I saw this… thing… that looked very much like forsythia:

Although I’m not exactly sure it is forsythia: The flowerettes look a little stringy.

(Truth be told, though, I’ve never looked at a forsythia blossom all that carefully.)

Ever on the lookout for reasons not to accomplish any of the items on my List of Things To Do, I have now seized upon spring fever! How can I be expected to apply my mind to dull, boring things like making money or taking defensive driving tests online when all around me the miracles of new life and fresh beginnings are popping up?

One new addition to the List of Things To Do: the New York State Notary Public exam.

Now that I’m at the 77% certainty point with Buying a New (or rather New-to-Me) Car, I’m trying to think of ways that I can accomplish this goal without (a) dipping into my capital, (b) laboring longer hours for the Scut Factory or (c) denying myself the small pleasures of meals out or pretty trinkets that began availing themselves to me once I was off the hook for making RTT child support payments. If I am on the hook for car payments, then it’s Sayonara, beautiful faux-Murano glass earrings and pendant from Locust Grove (most absurdly, the site of one of our Tax Bwana installations this year.)

Figure if I can get certified, I can pass out bee-yoo-tee-full-ee engraved business cards to every real estate broker, credit union, bank, lawyer, and nursing home in Dutchess County. I really wouldn’t have to pick up more than five gigs a month to make a car payment.

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( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
Feb. 28th, 2018 08:15 pm (UTC)
Feb. 28th, 2018 10:51 pm (UTC)
It was mildly annoying, but the most interesting thing about the experience for me was that I was (half) convinced that I had done something wrong (though what, I could not tell you! :-) ), and that FB - in its infinite wisdom - was on to me and was punishing me! :-)
Mar. 1st, 2018 12:07 am (UTC)
Untold riches
You must know something I don't. My bar membership gets me a free notary license which I used in the business, but when I need to get my own signature notarized I went to any number of local folks (at banks, RE offices, etc) Highest fee I ever paid was $5. Either that or your car payments are in the $20 range.
Mar. 1st, 2018 12:17 am (UTC)
Re: Untold riches
Ha, ha. :-)

As a traveling notary, I would naturally charge travel expenses. :-) I'd expect the biggest pool of clients in this part of the world to be people who want to do healthcare powers-of-attorney or living wills, and who are more-or-less housebound or assisted living center-bound.
Mar. 14th, 2018 08:25 am (UTC)
RE: Re: Untold riches
I would pay your travel expenses for that! My doctor gave up his office space because the rent increased too much. He comes to my house now, and I actually pay less! And we have a coffee together!
Mar. 14th, 2018 11:46 am (UTC)
Re: Untold riches
Ha, ha. Well, if you ever need an American notary, you know who to call. :-)
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