Here’s a photo of my planner.
I was doing homework at a coffee shop. About an hour into it, some guy sitting in the back corner suddenly yells, “Oh, S***.” I thought maybe he had spilled some fresh brew on his computer or something. He starts walking toward the door where the counter is, and I ask him, “Everything ok?” He simply points out the window. Heavy snow is falling, even though it wasn’t in the forecast. This happened last week, too. It’s like the weather just decides to do whatever it wants. WHAT THE HECK NEBRASKA WEATHER.
A month ago, I lost my debit card. It’s what I get for shopping for my new tablet in class (syllabus week, no regrets), despite never having lost it in the 6 years of my having a debit card.
Like any normal person, I called Arvest to cancel it and ordered a new one. They charged me $5 for a replacement, which is fair. Since I live in Nebraska, they told me it would take 7-10 business days to get it to me instead of the normal 5-7. Sure.
So two weeks went by and I still didn’t have my card. I called them and asked what was wrong. They couldn’t figure it out, so just to make sure, they asked what mailing address I asked them to send it to. Apparently “F St.” sounds like “S St.” and they ended up sending it to someone who didn’t bother reporting it. Jerk. So they updated their system to have the correct mailing address, and told me they were very sorry, and they refunded me the $5 fee and didn’t charge me for the new one.
Two weeks later (last friday) and I still didn’t have my card. I waited for the mail on Saturday and Monday to give them the benefit of the doubt, but it still didn’t come in. That’s just great. I stayed home on Tuesday because I didn’t feel well, so that was yet another day extra I waited for the mail to come in. Still no luck. Alas, I resorted to calling them and found out they sent it to the “S St.” address despite my thinking we had fixed it. Really?
On top of this, they charged me for the new card. I didn’t really mind, but why? Why would you charge me for the 3rd one after refunding me for the 2nd one?
Needless to say, I am very displeased with the situation. This is just silly and I’m tired of having to cash checks all the time. You won’t believe how many places don’t accept checks. Basically they’re only good for bills and groceries nowadays.
I can’t decide if this whole thing has just been bad service or just an unfortunate turn of events, but I’ll probably end up getting a new bank account here in Nebraska some time in August. It’s been fun, Arvest.
My boss told me a story at work the other day. I can’t tell if he just wanted to tell me the story or if he was trying to motivate me, but it goes like this:
Once there was a businessman. A guru asked him, “Do you want to be successful?” The businessman said, “Yes.” So the guru instructed him to meet him by the beach the next morning.
So the next day the man shows up by the beach in a suit, and he sees the guru. “Do you want to be successful?” The businessman said, “Yes.” “Then step into the water.” So the businessman did, until the water was up to his knees.
“Do you want to be successful?” “Yes.” The businessman walked further out into the water again as told.
“Do you want to be successful?” “Yes.” At this point, the water was up to the businessman’s mouth, and he was struggling to keep his head up. Out of nowhere, the guru pulls the businessman under and holds him there while he struggles.
Finally, the businessman was able to come back up. “What was that for?!”
“You have to want it like you wanted air.”
Last night Chandra asked me to name one thing I like about myself. I told her I really like it that people think I’m a hard worker. I think this is a dramatic change that took me years to figure out; I was always one of those “talented but doesn’t apply himself” kind of people. I always questioned why I had to do homework when I clearly knew the material, and I felt like I shouldn’t have to prove it to anyone (I failed AP Language and Composition and nearly failed AP Literature despite getting 5s on both AP exams).
But there were two things that put a stop to that. In college, I failed several classes. Several. My dad was clearly and rightfully upset, and told me that something would need to change. I was literally squandering away money and a great opportunity, and he asked if college was even something I wanted to do. The other half is my girlfriend. She always told me that she wasn’t exceptionally smart; she was just a hard-working person, and that’s why she gets good grades. Well, she’s wrong, because she’s super smart AND super hard working. Anyway, I really took what she said to heart because I was tired of being recognize as being smart or talented. It really doesn’t matter how “gifted” I am if nothing became of it.
Hard work always beats talent until talent works hard.
After trailing again at halftime on the road, the Razorbacks fought back in the second half against Alabama and took it down to the wire. They came up short.
It was a frustrating game to watch–turnovers and fouls seemed to outnumber field goals, and what hope was there for the Hogs against an SEC team on the road? However, the Hogs came back late in the second, switching leads against the Tide until the last moments of the game when Alabama pulled away for good.
Arkansas ended up falling to 12-8 in the 59-56 loss, but tonight’s game was a vast improvement from the previous few away games they played. Hopefully, the team fares better at home next week against Tennessee (11-8) and #4 Florida (17-2).