Writing Letters

Dear Father Time,

You’re moving too fast. Thanks to you, the day barely gets going and next thing you know the sun is setting. And gosh darn it, it happens every day! What’s up with that? I think it’s time you put mom at the helm. Continue reading

Dear Cable Company, I’m Mad at You!

Dear Cable Company, I’m Mad at You!

Dear Time Warner Cable: Give me back my email! It’s been 10 days with no ability to receive or send email whatsoever. And all you have to say about the matter is that you’re having “issues.” Well I have issues … Continue reading

Class Action Gal

I may be able to retire soon! And it’s all thanks to the following:

Crate and Barrel

A computer I once had

My bank

My neighborhood grocery store

But most of all, it’s thanks to being at the WRONG place at the RIGHT time—or is it the right place at the wrong time? Either way, I’ve hit gold, and the reason can be summed up in one word:

Class Action Suit

Ok, that’s three words. Well, apparently, while I’ve been sleeping and doing about a gazillion other things, my name has been bandied about and added to many a class action suit list.  You know what I’m talking about, right?

A class action suit is when a large group of people collectively bring a claim to court in order to sue an entity for damages or irreparable harm or something like that. Though, if you ask me, I don’t think I suffered much trauma the day I shopped at Crate and Barrel. Yet, somehow I got tangled in the lawsuit’s web.

Apparently, when these collective groups decide to sue, they don’t necessarily ask me if I want in, nor do they tell me what the fracas was about. I didn’t know bubkis until I got a letter in the mail informing me about the suit and of my rights as a citizen of the free world.

Of course, my first reaction is always, “Huh? What do I have to do with this class action suit?”

But, once I figure it out (actually, I never do), then I jump on board the bandwagon—hitching my wagon to the class action star!

By the time the letter arrives, the suit is well underway, and, if you ask me, reading the letter is like reading gobbledygook. I know this because I’m a pro at recognizing gobbledygook when I see it and I see it all the time. Usually on IRS 1040 forms, credit card notices, divorce papers, and so on.

Somewhere in the class action letter it tells me what to if I don’t want to be included in the suit, but I never get that far. I usually pass out halfway down the first page. I figure it’s too much trouble to exclude myself, anyway. Besides, you never know what you’re going to get by staying the course.

As I see it, class action suits are a great way to meet friends with common interests or a common cause. I always assume that when the case is finally settled, we’ll all go out for a drink, or maybe one of us will host a party so we can collectively celebrate and count our winnings. Of course, so far this hasn’t happened, but a girl can dream, can’t she?

I must look like I have what it takes to be a member of these prestigious groups of litigants, as I’ve been part of at least a dozen this past year alone:

I received a $15 gift card to Crate and Barrel because of some dispute involving a mistake in their cash register system and, apparently, only those who shopped in any of their stores over a three-day period were eligible. Bingo! I happened to go in on one of those days!

A suit was brought against my local supermarket and the upshot, as part of the settlement, I received a year’s worth of $9 coupons to be used once a month on groceries.

Last month, I received a check for $8 from Dell computers because five years ago, I owned one and yada yada, yada, we won! They must have heard that my Dell crashed and I lost all my files, so I assume the $8 was compensation for that loss.

A few days later, I received $35 from a dispute involving Bank of America. I don’t know why, but thank you, BofA! (Sidebar: By the way, BofA, I find it ironic that the check I received was issued by another bank. Does that mean you don’t bank at your own bank?  I wonder…)

These class action suits seem to be growing on trees and I’m definitely in the thick of them.  Today, I received two more notifications of suits that are pending. One is from Walmart, and it involves Netflix. And, like the other suits, all I have to do is:


And I’ll be eligible to receive whatever settlement comes out of it. I can’t wait to find out!

So, how about you? Have you initiated a class action suit or been involved in one lately? Do tell!

2010 in Review–Wow!

The word is out. A year has ended and another one begun, so it’s fitting for me to review how my blog did in its first year. Yes, 2010 was the year I jumped into the world of blogging.  I got the idea from my friend Leah, when I read her blog, Leah’s Thoughts.  And I said to myself, hey, I can do that! So I did.

Nervously and tenuously, at first.  But, I have to say, I’m LOVING it.  Plus, along the way, I’ve (virtually) met some amazing fellow bloggers, like Mikalee, who’s thriving as she deals with her divorce issues. (Read her Dear John post. It’s cathartic, if you ask me.) I’ve also enjoyed catching up with Cappy’s blog. She’s a young blogger who has a fun, amazing perspective on life. (Read her post on what life would be like living inside a Costco. Very interesting…)

And, sure, blogging is an investment of TIME (big time!) and heaven’s knows, I’m not getting paid to blog (Sigh, I wish!).  Plus, I’ve had to give up watching some of my favorite shows to maintain my goal of posting at least twice a week. Those that know me, know this is a MAJOR sacrifice. I’m even thinking of giving up Netflix because getting one movie a week feels like too much of a commitment. I’ve had to return movies unwatched, for fear Netflix would think I was keeping the movies too long. Yikes, I’m not good with such pressure.

Anyway, the good folks at WordPress.com have done an analysis of my blog’s first year. Technically, you should know that it hasn’t been a full year. My blog only has been in existence for five months, as my first post was in August. Since then, two of my posts (On Notice and The “Fake” Family Tree) were “Freshly Pressed” which means WordPress.com thought enough of them to post them on their homepage.

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 9,800 times in 2010. That’s about 24 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 42 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 55 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 93mb. That’s about 1 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was September 20th with 1,610 views. The most popular post that day was On Notice.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were wordpress.com, facebook.com, mail.yahoo.com, en.wordpress.com, and mikaleebyerman.wordpress.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for boardwalk empire set, robert redford young, monicas tangled web, boardwalk empire, and monica’s tangled web.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


On Notice September 2010
60 comments and 16 Likes on WordPress.com


The “Fake” Family Tree October 2010
113 comments and 63 Likes on WordPress.com


About Me August 2010


Over 90 and Loving it! October 2010
3 comments and 1 Like on WordPress.com,


My Boardwalk Empire September 2010


So, all in all, it’s been grand, thanks to you, my readers. I’m enjoying the ride, and hope you are too.  I can’t wait to see what 2011 brings.  As always, I value your input.  Keep reading and, please, keep commenting.  And if you haven’t done so already, subscribe—so you shouldn’t miss anything!