Today is the sort of day when you’re made aware of the fact that you not only did not include a check in the envelope of a bill you’ve mailed, but that the check in question has still somehow been cashed, even though the original intended recipient of said check claims to have never received it.
We received a notice from our electric company, informing us that we mailed them our bill, but with no form of payment included. Having checked our bank statement, we noted that the check we thought we had included, for $115, had indeed been cashed. After a back and forth over the phone with a representative at the power company, and a phone call to a very nice man at the bank, it had been revealed that we had accidentally included the check in our Bank of America bill, along with the check originally intended for them.
Both of which they cashed.
The check was very clearly made out to the electric company, yet Bank of America, with whom we have a credit card, but with whom we do not bank, still cashed it.
After a few more phone calls, we agreed to pay the electric bill with the credit card, since the $115 was now there anyway.
Today is also the sort of day when you look outside and see water streaming from your roof as the snow gradually melts and all signs of winter slowly disappear into the warmth and glow of spring sunshine. The wind is blowing, causing the trees outside my office window to sway in such a way that is almost hypnotic. There is a small window on the side of our neighbor’s garage, which is directly across from the right-hand side window in my office, and through it I can see the side door to their garage is swinging open. It’s matching the sway of the trees and it’s hard to ignore. It’s kind of creepy, actually.
And lastly, today is the sort of day on which you awake to find that a very large earthquake has toppled much of a very beautiful country while also sending tsunami waves toward the California coast. I’m being assured that all is well on the west coast, although the same can not be said for most of Japan.
Here is a list of ways you can help and be helped, if you’re looking for a loved one.
The clouds outside are swirling in a way that hints a storm may be coming. I hope a storm does come of all this wind, I just hope it’s rain rather than snow.
In closing, I leave you with a photo I’m sure everyone else has seen by now:
In case you cannot tell, that would be an image of Hunter S. Thompson, John Cusack, Johnny Depp and a Blow-Up Doll sitting in a convertible somewhere, I’m sure, looking for an adventure. Or maybe they were just coming back from one, I’m really not sure. I have never seen this image, having only seen it for the first time yesterday, but it is already my go-to “happy thoughts” image. If ever I’m down, or I feel really sick, I will think of this photograph and I will feel better. I will realize that the meeting between these four individuals (three real, one plastic), this event, has happened in the same world that I currently live in. And all will be okay.