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Oh Charter! I tried to give you monies!!

Due to the mother sunspot of all time activating my cable (which includes premium channels), and my neighbors knowing NOTHING about internet security, and my sneaky laptop, doing its own thang and hunting and finding THEIR connection, I've gotten these services (which were unbeknownst to me until recently) for absolutely nada.

Per month, I'd guess that /all/ these services would come out to about $100 a month easy.

I call Charter today, because I'm feeling all guilty about getting free stuff. No, I really can't afford it, but once you go high speed, you never go back or something.

I had to speak with EIGHT DIFFERENT PEOPLE to make this happen.


By the FINAL rep, whose name is Kiesha in the Retention Center, I finally placed a legitimate order of my own.

This has taken TWO HOURS out of my day. Unbelievable!!! I could've kept ON getting free service all the way around, but decided it was stealing. DOING THE WRONG THING TAKES NO TIME. DOING THE RIGHT THING TOOK TWO HOURS AND TONS OF FRUSTRATION.

I swear, the adage "No good deed goes unpunished" is SO TRUE with me EVERY.SINGLE.TIME. I could site so many other instances where -- if I'd just lied or been untruthful -- I would've come out on top but INSTEAD, TOLD THE TRUTH, or DID THE RIGHT THING. That's how I got hit by a drunk driver. That's how I lost my first child. That's how my third child was kidnapped. That's why I lost my house (putting his name as a courtesy on my home). I could still list so many other things, but it seems whenever I do what I KNOW in my heart is right, I end up paying for it in so many other ways that I never fully expect it, even though at THIS juncture, you'd think I'd learned. JUST LIE. JUST TAKE THAT CABLE, PASS THE GUY WHO WRECKED, GIVE PEOPLE YOUR HOUSE, TRUST THEM TO NOT DO WRONG THINGS! That'll teach me

Yeah, this is probably obscure. But it seriously makes me think that perhaps it's time I was a little more sneaky and evil. At least I wouldn't go through the literal hell I went through this morning. Gads.

Adele was happier this morning, THANK GOD. Last night, on our way home from school, she copped another attitude. It's my responsibility to teach her she can't get away with that, and NOW I'M MAKING SURE SHE DOESN'T. By the time we were home, she was all but braiding my hair and washing my feet for me, all because I loudly announced: "I am your mother and DESERVE TO BE TREATED WITH SOME MODICUM OF RESPECT; DO YOU UNDERSTAND THAT?" I went a little further, telling her that her dad would never put up with it, and I damn sure won't, not another minute longer.

I love her more than anything on this planet; so it was my duty to set her straight, so that one day, she'll be a good employee/wife/manager. It's not my /job/ to be her best friend (as I'm sure a lot who read this think about us), nor is it my place to take her crap, trusting that I love her so much that I'd be her victim. I THINK NOT.

This past year she started acting out. While I realize it's part and parcel for anyone her age, she and I -- as most long-time readers know -- have a very special relationship, and have always been demonstrative of this affection and love. This year, all of that kinda skewed. Although there'll be outbursts of this affection, it's like she's withdrawn, and is angry with me. ME. ME. NOT HER DAD. ME.

WHYYYYYY. Arghhh! I have to keep reminding myself of how I'd advise someone like me of what to do. Do not -- under any circumstance -- take cheap shots at the ex; our children are the sum of both of us. Not just one. But after all these years and knowing how *I* treat her versus her dad, I'd expect more respect than /that/. She gets this tone of voice which is flagrant mocking and it's all I can do to not ground her for eternity. She'd just shrug at me, as she's "above anything I could ever do to her."

While I feel that maybe a little counseling is in order (not just for that, but other things I'm noticing), she'll hold /that/ against me, too, since I know with surety her dad would never make that move without some licensed psychiatrist hitting him over the head with the latest DSM IV manual. *eyeroll* She needs /somewhere/ to go to when she's unhappy. I think I know some of the reasons why she's mad at me, but ALL of these things are out of my control.

She has again clammed up about Christmas, and still hasn't let me know a definitive "which group she wants to go with" on the People to People deal.

Bill? If you read this, call me today, or mail me, or comment. I need to ask some questions, and I know your daughter went. Just log in to your account to comment. Thanks!

Blah. Today started off tres crappy. And now that I've revealed a bunch of Adele/me stuff, I stop now before going any further.

PLEAAAAAAAAAASE LET TODAY IMPROVE. *prays, crosses fingers, eyes, legs, toes, etc., starts chanting Buddhist mantras, etc.*

I warn you and warn you, but you still read. That'll teach ya.

Oh...a big HUGE KUDOS goes out to
for being a Nano Book Writing winner for this year!! Way to go, Johnnnnnnnn!!! *cheers*


( 17 whispered — Speak )
Nov. 28th, 2007 01:52 pm (UTC)
A couple questions regarding stuff behind the cut, but I won't ask here or now. E-mail or IM me if you wanna talk via cellphone later today (I'm off all day).
Nov. 28th, 2007 02:17 pm (UTC)
Once I journal it (with appropriate filters or not) that's it. No more discussion, because I've gotten it out of my system. This is why it's a diary in lieu of a "blog".
Nov. 28th, 2007 07:13 pm (UTC)
Nov. 28th, 2007 07:20 pm (UTC)
I thought you were off today? I haven't seen ya online.
Nov. 29th, 2007 01:38 am (UTC)
I was, for awhile. Had other things to do too, but I didn't get an email or IM from ya when I checked later at the library and on my phone.
Nov. 29th, 2007 07:18 am (UTC)
I probably wasn't around during those times, plus you know I don't im you when you're on your phone ;p
Nov. 28th, 2007 02:47 pm (UTC)
hopefully she'll fast forward through the rest of the rebellion before the end of the month. that way you can have a (hopefully) drama free christmas.

ps yeah, about the cable deal that just goes to show that sometimes no good deed goes unpunished.

Nov. 28th, 2007 02:52 pm (UTC)
LOL! Did you read the whole entry? I said: "No good deed goes unpunished." Just wonderin'...lol.


I dunno about Kelsey. I think she has a couple of years of this to go through. Argh.
Nov. 28th, 2007 04:19 pm (UTC)
i read it, but i guess that didn't sink in... LOL sorry, unintentionally plagarized you.
Nov. 28th, 2007 04:20 pm (UTC)
LOL. Admit it...you just skim!
Nov. 28th, 2007 04:28 pm (UTC)
oh no, i don't skim, esp. when i see my NAME in the text, even if it is all set off all fancified...

no, there was one thing in specific that i was like, what.....? but since you ain't mentioned it to me directly i figgured you didn't feel i needed to know.
Nov. 28th, 2007 05:16 pm (UTC)
No? Tell me? Or ask...?
Nov. 28th, 2007 06:16 pm (UTC)
when you mentioned your third child being kidnapped, i knew about that occurance, but didn't know kelsey was your third child?
Nov. 28th, 2007 06:19 pm (UTC)
When I was hit by the car, I was almost 7 months pregnant. When Adele's dad and I got married, I was pregnant and had a fetal demise in the 6th month. Doctors had NO explanation for it (and therein began my depression). So Kelsey is my third. =/
Nov. 28th, 2007 07:15 pm (UTC)
(THAT'S what I was gonna ask.)
Nov. 28th, 2007 07:22 pm (UTC)
And really, that's a touchy subject with me, so no more will be said about it.

Why would you guys be so curious about /that/?? I know why John would, but I don't understand why you would. It's morbid, and depressing to me.
Nov. 28th, 2007 09:57 pm (UTC)
my apologies. the reason for asking was because the "3rd kid" part confused me, since the only one I knew of was K. not trying to bring bad memories up.
( 17 whispered — Speak )


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