No Deposit, No Return

Wow. That’s all I can say at this point.

There was a lot of miscommunication and lost communication this past week. Some people need to just take a chill pill and realize in this age of technology when some things break down there are going to be times when you cannot get in touch with someone.

I won’t go into it too much right now, but needless to say, I will never consider beginning work on a project without a deposit ever again!

Because of the move, I have been “out of touch” for various reasons. Although I have been online via Twitter and Facebook almost constantly all week, for some reason a client of mine couldn’t “get in touch” with me.

Whether it was the fact we had no telephone jacks in the house, my wonky PC, my wonky iPhone, my wonky e-mail issues, or the fact that I have no cell service at all while we are the old house, it’s been tricking keeping in touch with people throughout the week so I made sure I was available via Twitter and Facebook.

Imagine my surprise when I was finally able to check e-mail last night to find that I was accused of not returning calls I never received and I was told that I missed a deadline although I had actually communicated the dates for a project well ahead of time.

I have never been in this situation before. I’ve never had a client “terminate their agreement” with one hour to spare. What’s up with that? By the time they sent the cancellation notice, I had already spent several hours researching their business model, outlining their needs, and working on the basic template design for their site. Things were coming together and Thursday was the magic day.

I sent an email to the client on Tuesday, assuring them things would come together by Thursday evening and since the evening wasn’t quite over yet, I figured everything was good. In fact, I was just getting ready to log into their account to install WordPress when I received their e-mail. They actually terminated their agreement before the evening was over. Who does this?

Thank God I received their termination e-mail before I logged in to their account, huh?

It’s all good though. Throughout the course of this week I have learned a lot about the people I communicate with on Twitter, on Facebook, via e-mail, and in person. It’s the people I’ve never met face to face on Twitter and/or Facebook, that never seem to let me down.

What is it with people and this me, me, me, now, now, now, attitude? What happened to respect and consideration? What happened to patience?

You’d think people who knew me in person would be a little more understanding and realize maybe, just maybe, something was up when I didn’t respond.

Oh well, I will write it off as wasted time, and move on. Like I said, it’s the last time I take on any project, from anyone, without a deposit.

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Hello, It’s Me Again

Between taking care of business and running loads from the old house, I am completely exhausted.

I was lucky today, however, because my wife had to run a couple errands and I got to sit here at the house and organize and get some things done.

I ran the restore on my iPhone earlier today, and it didn’t seem to make much difference, so I sort of started over with a clean slate. I am in the process of installing all the apps I had on the phone, as getting things “back to normal”.

I should be connected “full time” again in the morning, which is awesome.

I also got my e-mail working tonight too. I had a lingering issue with email getting lost somewhere on the Internet, but it seems everything is all coming together at once tonight.

We have landline phone. We have working e-mail. I’m in the process of getting the iPhone back to full capacity (so to speak). AND… The best news. Tomorrow morning/afternoon we will make the last run over to the old house to make sure we got everything. How cool is that?

Twenty-Four days in, and we’re finally going to be done. Hallelujah!


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The Sound Of Silence

My iPhone is acting wonky. I’m not sure if it’s all the apps I have installed, the fact I am almost out of room with diskspace, or the fact I may have done something in testing the apps I am developing, but it’s just not working the way it used to.

I have a backup from a few days ago, before it started acting this way, and I may just restore everything. If I was smart I would do a fresh install, so I could clear out all the garbage and start over fresh.

I am not getting calls on my iPhone. I have a Google Voice number and when someone calls it, my phone is not ringing. When I call the phone’s actual number, it’s not ringing. I have been able to send a couple text messages, but other than that, I haven’t had any communication with my iPhone, and that sucks.

We still have no phone jacks in the house for the landline, although I will be running a line myself in the next day or so. I suppose it’s going to be interesting until I can get the phone restored.

Maybe tomorrow night. I have a couple things I need to get done, and run a few more loads from the old house.

If you’re trying to call, and I don’t answer, it’s because my phone is not ringing. At least I didn’t have to worry about my phone ringing while I was at Faith Formation tonight.

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Faith Formation Is Awesome

In all the hubbub with the move, I forgot to mention that I am attending a Faith Formation class at our church, and I am having a blast.

We’re studying The First and Second letters of Saint Paul to the Corinthians. We’re studying one chapter per week, and even though the second class isn’t until tomorrow night, I am already looking forward to it.

Paul is one of my favorite people. I am amazed by the journey his life took, his missionary journeys and the way he endured his imprisonment and ultimate death.

My spiritual journey has taken me 45 years and several thousand miles, and I’ll never be able to fill Paul’s shoes, but I value every step I have taken because it led me right to God’s grace.

Now I am off for the night to read a little bit, pray a little bit, and then rest, because I’ve only got three days after today and I should be done moving.

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Things Are Finally Coming Together

My arms are like lead weights. I can hardly lift them to the keyboard to type. I pray to God this is the last time I have to move until they put me in the ground.

Things are winding down, and we’ll be moving the last of our stuff before the weekend (I hope).

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