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  1. paradigmsearch profile image88
    paradigmsearchposted 11 months ago

    Lost track of which thread I was on.

  2. paradigmsearch profile image88
    paradigmsearchposted 11 months ago

    Pay me.

  3. paradigmsearch profile image88
    paradigmsearchposted 11 months ago

    Still t that.

  4. FatFreddysCat profile image97
    FatFreddysCatposted 11 months ago

    Published two new Hubs this weekend, with three more in the pipeline in various stages of completion. Dang, I be all like, prolific 'n' stuff.

    1. FatFreddysCat profile image97
      FatFreddysCatposted 11 months agoin reply to this

      No progress on the previously-mentioned "three in the pipeline" thus far due to real-world stuff getting in the way this week.

      Stupid real world!

  5. FatFreddysCat profile image97
    FatFreddysCatposted 11 months ago

    That feeling when you post a new Hub and then obsessively refresh your stats page every hour on the hour waiting for its view numbers to increase:

    https://i.imgur.com/vaqSZPn.gif

    1. Jessie L Watson profile image93
      Jessie L Watsonposted 11 months agoin reply to this

      Lol

    2. EricFarmer8x profile image98
      EricFarmer8xposted 11 months agoin reply to this

      Hey Mr. rock/metal expert. If you could name one rock/metal band as your favorite what would it be?

      1. FatFreddysCat profile image97
        FatFreddysCatposted 11 months agoin reply to this

        Just one?
        (head explodes)
        No can do.

        1. EricFarmer8x profile image98
          EricFarmer8xposted 11 months agoin reply to this

          Fair enough. I guess groups or bands you consider good overall. I was curious to learn of something to listen to. I know absolutely nothing about metal or rock though.

  6. paradigmsearch profile image88
    paradigmsearchposted 11 months ago

    Facebook suddenly sent me a pulse of 60+ visitors. Who'd have thunk it? Pretty sure it was a one-shot, as opposed to the beginning of a viral flood. Still was fun.

    1. EricFarmer8x profile image98
      EricFarmer8xposted 11 months agoin reply to this

      Most of my social media traffic is coming from Facebook. I find it odd as I spend the least amount of time writing about HubPages on there compared to Twitter. I think most of my visits come from family and their friends on Facebook.

  7. paradigmsearch profile image88
    paradigmsearchposted 11 months ago

    Just a random link for someone else here. They know (or suspect) who they are.

    <snipped, wrong link, please wait>

    Update. Link (wikipedia) failed second time.

    Update #2. Was not wrong link, wikipedia glitch. I could just post the book title and author, but have decided it's a sign and to not pursue. However, I'm curious if anyone can guess. If they can, then they know what I am talking about.

    Title: "T..."
    Author: "S..." (last name)

    1. paradigmsearch profile image88
      paradigmsearchposted 11 months agoin reply to this

      Title: "P..." (second word)

      Am serious here. The next post starts a new page (thus, last page goes into oblivion), so please be serious and get it right. big_smile

    2. DzyMsLizzy profile image95
      DzyMsLizzyposted 11 months agoin reply to this

      "Title: "T..."
      Author: "S..." (last name)"

      Hmmm...I come up with T.S. Elliot; but if you mean the last name begins with "S," then you've got me stumped.

      Steinbeck, but no, wrong first initial...

      not an author, but an old game from my parents' era; "Tom Swifties"... funny comments that are usually groaner puns, such as "There are not enough tacks for the job," she said sharply.

      1. paradigmsearch profile image88
        paradigmsearchposted 11 months agoin reply to this

        "Steinbeck" is correct. Title is "The Pearl".

        "Kino puts back his head and howls, causing the other pearl divers to look up and race toward Kino's canoe."

        1. DzyMsLizzy profile image95
          DzyMsLizzyposted 11 months agoin reply to this

          Oh, I didn't realize the following post belonged with this one.  DUH!
          Well, then...**pats self on back--then howls with arm cramp**
          lol

          1. paradigmsearch profile image88
            paradigmsearchposted 11 months agoin reply to this

            Hopefully, others get the message.

  8. paradigmsearch profile image88
    paradigmsearchposted 11 months ago

    Checking back in.

  9. paradigmsearch profile image88
    paradigmsearchposted 11 months ago

    And shivering as usual.

    1. paradigmsearch profile image88
      paradigmsearchposted 11 months agoin reply to this
      1. paradigmsearch profile image88
        paradigmsearchposted 11 months agoin reply to this

        Give me something better.

  10. paradigmsearch profile image88
    paradigmsearchposted 11 months ago

    Government agency

    Phone call

    "Receipt Denied"

    1. paradigmsearch profile image88
      paradigmsearchposted 11 months agoin reply to this

      Update.

      Life was medical and medical paperwork nightmare this week. Still trying to clean their mess up, but probably too late. Basically, I'm <snipped>. It's over for me.

      1. paradigmsearch profile image88
        paradigmsearchposted 11 months agoin reply to this

        Never correspond with any government agency without getting a receipt from them.

        1. DzyMsLizzy profile image95
          DzyMsLizzyposted 11 months agoin reply to this

          Ummmm...you obviously must've had a receipt; otherwise, how could they have responded with "receipt denied." ????  wink

          1. paradigmsearch profile image88
            paradigmsearchposted 11 months agoin reply to this

            They denied receiving anything when I called them. There's a lot more to this story, up to and probably including publicity and legal. This is not the first incident with them. Someone, somewhere is acting in deliberate bad faith in that office. I'm probably going to have to put that office on the front page of Google, as well as initiate the nightmare appeal process; which will no doubt suck the soul out of my life.

            1. DzyMsLizzy profile image95
              DzyMsLizzyposted 11 months agoin reply to this

              Ugh, ugh, ugh!! So sorry! 
              Next time, send with *return receipt requested " and signature confirmation of receipt of delivery, or present them with the tracking number, and quote the info from that where it says "delivered on..."

              1. paradigmsearch profile image88
                paradigmsearchposted 11 months agoin reply to this

                21 more reviews, just like mine.

                https://goo.gl/maps/VyRBRXNMcZL2

                ★☆☆☆☆ "Never, every give them any piece of paper without getting a receipt for it. Never, ever mail them anything; they will deny receiving it. Failure to follow this advice will give you immeasurable grief (based on personal experience).

  11. FatFreddysCat profile image97
    FatFreddysCatposted 11 months ago

    That feeling you get when you re-read one of your hubs that's been on a niche site for months, and you notice a typo:

    http://i0.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/newsfeed/000/497/497/32b.png

    1. snakeslane profile image84
      snakeslaneposted 11 months agoin reply to this

      LOL

  12. Joshua Crowder profile image93
    Joshua Crowderposted 11 months ago

    The last time that happened to me an editor put an unmistakable typo in one of my headings. I was horrified because the title of the text capsule didn’t make any sense at all and it was the intro.

  13. FatFreddysCat profile image97
    FatFreddysCatposted 11 months ago

    Real world B.S. continues, yet I managed to push out a new article this afternoon regardless. Go Me.

    1. paradigmsearch profile image88
      paradigmsearchposted 11 months agoin reply to this

      This should have been a fun week for me, got two FB traffic spikes. Instead, this absolute garbage happens to me; both my medical and financial well-being are being seriously threatened. Getting too old to keep fighting back all the time; there reaches a point where one is not able to anymore.

  14. paradigmsearch profile image88
    paradigmsearchposted 11 months ago

    Normally, my emotions of stress are of anxiety. But this time, not so. This time it is pure, unadulterated anger. Someone in that office has acted in bad faith against me and others for three solid years. But there is no way to find out who.

    1. DzyMsLizzy profile image95
      DzyMsLizzyposted 11 months agoin reply to this
  15. paradigmsearch profile image88
    paradigmsearchposted 11 months ago

    For those who have been wondering, here's what I've been sending out to social media:

    -----------------------------
    Never, ever give Riverside County Social Services in Hemet, California any piece of paper without getting a receipt for it. Never, ever mail Riverside County Social Services in Hemet, California anything either. They will claim they never received it. Failure to follow this advice will give you immeasurable grief (based on personal experience).

    It gets worse. They will also flat out lie to you. They will tell you over the phone that everything is fine, then 2-3 months later you will start getting bills in the mail, because they reneged on everything and never told you.

    On other occasions, they've sent me ultimatums with due dates earlier than when they sent out the letter. Then you discover your insurance has been cancelled, again without any notification whatsoever.

    These are not isolated occurrences. These incidents have been going on for years.
    ------------------------------

    Not only has this been going out to social media, but also emailed to every California medical website I can find.

    The war is on. No doubt I will lose, but there comes a point where one just refuses to be bullied anymore.

    1. DzyMsLizzy profile image95
      DzyMsLizzyposted 11 months agoin reply to this

      Para; contact your local state representative--they have ombudsman services.
      Also, give a shout out to any TV news stations that have a 'helping consumers' service...in our area, it's called "7 on your side." (ABC)

      1. paradigmsearch profile image88
        paradigmsearchposted 10 months agoin reply to this

        I seem to have gotten Medi-Cal's attention, my emails to the California State overseer medical websites may have had something to do with it. I might be able to avoid a soul-sucking war after all. Am hoping to have this 3-year harassment/persecution/whatever put to an end by the end of the week.

  16. Rochelle Frank profile image94
    Rochelle Frankposted 11 months ago

    I hope your campaign will gather supporters who have had similar experiences. It takes numbers . I hope you have also sent it to state and local legislators and representatives. Wishing you positives.

    1. paradigmsearch profile image88
      paradigmsearchposted 10 months agoin reply to this

      Wherever I've posted, 90% of the comments have described having the same experiences as me.

  17. paradigmsearch profile image88
    paradigmsearchposted 10 months ago

    All the support I've gotten everywhere today, this is the first time in over a week that I haven't felt miserable. Am beginning to feel some sense of normalcy again.

    1. DzyMsLizzy profile image95
      DzyMsLizzyposted 10 months agoin reply to this

      Good to hear!  May the Force continue to be with you going forward! wink

  18. paradigmsearch profile image88
    paradigmsearchposted 10 months ago

    Well, sports fans. I have certainly been filling this thread with misery for awhile. I just received a phone call informing me the misery has ended and that I will receive a letter confirming as such. Have I been lied to again? Going to have to wait 1-2 weeks to find out. Meanwhile, since all that is in stasis; it's back to me being my version of normal again; figured I owed everyone a warning about that.

    And always remember:

    With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine.

    1. snakeslane profile image84
      snakeslaneposted 10 months agoin reply to this

      LOL Para.

  19. paradigmsearch profile image88
    paradigmsearchposted 10 months ago

    Happy Friday.

    March was certainly an educational month for me. Learned a lot on multiple fronts.
    1. Self-awareness.
    2. How to deal with the government.
    3. How to really use the internet.

    Because of item #2, I had to neglect all other business-of-living stuff; so am busily catching up on all that and getting things done. April is going to be as big a mess as March, but for different reasons; however, still might get some writing done.

    Meanwhile, Easter Sunday and April Fools Day on the same day. Interesting.

    1. DzyMsLizzy profile image95
      DzyMsLizzyposted 10 months agoin reply to this

      Yes--I had noticed that particular juxtaposition, and found it hilariously apropos! tongue

  20. paradigmsearch profile image88
    paradigmsearchposted 10 months ago

    Thread dead. Future scribblings will be on my FB page (a sigh of relief ripples across the forums).

  21. FatFreddysCat profile image97
    FatFreddysCatposted 10 months ago

    Noooo! I refuse to let this thread die. I will pick up the Sword of Randomness in paradigm's stead.

    Yesterday morning: driving to work. Sitting at a red light, crankin' out "Licensed to Ill" by the Beastie Boys at an appropriately obnoxious volume level, and suddenly I had a moment of self-realization.

    "Wow. I'm a nerdy middle aged white dude, driving a compact car, listening to rap music with the windows down... good Lord, I'm that guy from the opening credit scene of "Office Space!"

  22. Marie Flint profile image86
    Marie Flintposted 10 months ago

    Day before yesterday I had an unusual, cranky morning. Firstly, I felt jittery and my stomach was if I had butterflies in it. Was it the green tea?

    As I tried to find my center, I began playing a game of Classic Words, a form of Scrabble, on the Kindle. In the midst of this, my adult daughter brought over her phone and said "Watch this video."

    Usually when she asks me to do something, it's because she wants something, an I tend to put her needs above my own.

    Well, the video was essentially a promotion for Charity Water, with which I was already familiar and had donated to in the past. The video was of medium length, not short, not excessively long.

    "Why are you having me watch this?" I asked.

    She intended to have the video to be uplifting for me, but because of my uncenteredness, it had the reverse effect. The introduction presented a life-style opposite my own, and the highlight was a 9-year-old girl who died in a car accident and whose last wish was to give up the expenses of her upcoming birthday as a donation to Charity Water. Well, a fund was created in her memory and went viral.

    Here I am, past 60, and I felt, because of this video, that I had not done enough. I felt guilty, angry, and judged.

    An irrational argument with my daughter ensued.

    I walked out of the house to find solace on the little woodsy path that borders the east side of the property. I walked and walked. I was acting like a scared child. Then I sat down on a stump.

    Tap-tap-tap! Tap-tap-tap!

    I looked up and saw Florida's native woodpecker with its red-flecked plumage. The bird's presence changed everything. I smiled.

    I have since apologized twice to my daughter for my behavior. So, the next time I feel uncenteredness in the morning, I'll go for a walk on that woodsy path first and remember the woodpecker, if he isn't already there.

 
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