Sunday morning I was dreaming, and I woke to my phone buzzing. It was a friend calling to check to make sure I was alright. She had received an email from me, stating I was the UK. I've posted the email below:
This had to come in a hurry and it has left me in a devastating state...I made a trip to Wales,United Kingdom for a short vacation unfortunately i was mugged at the park of the hotel where i stayed,all cash,credit card and cell were stolen off me but luckily for me i still have my passports with me.
I've been to the embassy and the Police here but they're not helping issues at all and my flight leaves in less than 4hrs from now but am having problems settling the hotel bills and the hotel manager won't let me leave until i settle the bills,
I'm freaked out at the moment.
Here is the problem with these kind of emails. I normally ALWAYS make all my i's into Caps I's. I don't like using the word Cell. I say Mobile. And the most known - I DONT HAVE A PASSPORT! Ha Ha Hackers!!!
Do you really think people fall for this? And from the gal who PREACHES safety in emails. I have told my friends over and over, don't send me chain letters, I don't believe in your "it's going to cause a problem or your wish will come true" emails. Don't fall for someone who says to send money, I NEVER ask for money. I'll handle my own debt, thank you very much.
Further, Why Wales? I'm Irish, thank you very much, and if I was going to head to the UK, I'd go there.
As you can tell, I'm very VERY upset by this.
So I started on the Password reset program. You'll be happy to know that They DON'T BELIEVE ME.
Well after going through all the motions, putting all the most important parts in their Hotmail recovery forum listing thingy, they've denied me. So I replied, right on their private forum, WHY???
What more info do they need? I realize that Hackers are getting better. They steal your password, login and IMMEDIATELY change your security questions, account details and then, and then change the password so I cannot log in.
Well. . . just f'ing great. So now I'm in the process of Recovering my hotmail account. I'll just tell you now, I'll be changing it, once Hotmail REFUNDS my money (cause I'm a PAID Hotmail user) - if they cannot recover my account.
I know I don't have many readers here, so most likely this won't get read. . . But I'm begging you Hotmail, please at least let me recover my emails, then I'll change to a new email address (as I've had the AMTRUCKIN account sine the late 90's).
People who hack into another's account should be punished severely.
Last year I was going to visit my sister in EW. (Eastern Washington), and I stopped by the Safeway there. I saw a book on display and knew I had to buy it. If not for the title, then at least for a gift. David Ames, A Good Life Wasted. . . or Twenty Years as a Montana Fishing Guide. I thought it would be nice something other book, ya know?
It took me months to read it. Why? It wasn't my normally womens fiction book. It was an actual Fiction book, like one I would write. An independent style book. I don't know how many copies were published, but I hope he made something from it! This was a good read. It jumped a little and each chapter was a story, but I'll tell you this, NEVER have I Laughed so HARD!! The outhouse revenge! I had to read the part out loud to my new boyfriend, who laughed too.
Those that have read the book may disagree with me. It may not have been as easy to follow as a simple romance, but it was so vivid, I could just see the trout jumping on the river, feel the wind on my face, and wonder if the old drift boat was in the right place on the river. I've never been on a drift boat, and if I'm confessing, have not been a big fly fisher. I'm a bobber and worm kinda lake trout gal.
But I'm willing to learn. And I will. Especially after reading this book. You can even buy one online at Amazon.
Or, if we're really good friends, you can borrow mine.
Okay, so many people make New Years Resolutions. I really don't. But this year is different. I resolve to cross off a few of my lifelong goals and a few more of my recurring ones!
My To - Do List this year encompasses:
St. Pat's Dash in Seattle
St. Patrick's Dinner at the MMR (yup, back at the ranch!!)
Annual Snowshoe Trip (trying for 2x this year)
Hike in the Enchantments or other similar mountain trails
Learn proper gun safety
Take a few cooking classes at PCC (Thanks James!!!)
Learn how to Fly Fish (yes I can have patience)
Throw a New Orleans Dinner party (maybe for Jame's Bday again??)
Upload great photography to my blog.
Take great photography of my food and adventures
Host a Sushi Making Party!
Throw a Books N Brew Open house night for my friends. New Annual event???
Visit the Olympic National Forest (never have!)
Contact someone about my house sketches (is my cabin feasible??)
Organize my recipes into a collection (uhm a blog?)
Plant and then can my own vegetables (may need a bigger garden space).
Fish at Fish Lake for Memorial Day camping.
Tell my family that even when we disagree, I still love them, always.
That's the start of my list of things to do this year.