Morton Fox (mortonfox) wrote,
Morton Fox

Final Preparations

Called the electric/gas utility this morning to confirm that I'll have service when I get there. Then I went to the bank to get the cashier's check. I should've stopped there and gone on my way. Instead, I then tried to use my ATM card and it was rejected by the ATM. Oh boy. Went back into the bank to inquire and found out that the card number was closed. They tried to make a new card for me but encountered some software issues. (It's Windows 98 and probably due for a reboot. Also, they likely had a change in software after the merger and were still learning the ropes.) Finally, the manager tried a different computer and got me a working ATM card. For my patience, he gave me a tape measure and spirit level tool with the bank logo. Nice! I hadn't thought of packing one of these but I sure could use it at my new place.

After that, I went geocaching in Paramus. There were 7 new geocaches, all with a "bee" theme and all located near strip malls along Route 17 northbound. How could I resist? Other than having to drive around and make some U-turns, none of those geocaches took a long time. I met Airmont Steve and Airmont Rosebud at "Bee on a Bridge". Also, I was the first (and apparently the only person today) to find "Bee Goes Belly-up". I ended this little excursion with a fish and chips platter at Paramus Park Mall. Yeah, I had coupons. :)

I ordered a Verizon DSL dry loop for the place and they already screwed up right at the start. I received two confirmation emails with two data line numbers. Tried calling them today to correct the problem but their DSL department is open only until 6pm. The customer service line is 24/7 but they are apparently powerless to help me after 6pm. The service rep couldn't even take a message for the DSL department. I'll have to call them again tomorrow on the way to or after arriving in Delaware. I do hope that their system is intelligent enough to see that there are two DSL orders for the same address and to reject one of those orders but somehow, I doubt that.

Tags: banking, dsl, geocaching, service problems, verizon

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