I don’t like to make mountains out of mole hills so I’m just going to think out loud here for a bit.
I had the little skirmish on The New London Patch earlier this year after which someone tried to impersonate me on said Patch and even opened a bogus account for me under a real email address of mine albeit a very old one. Yes, I am now from Long Beach, CA and not New London, CT at least as far as The Patch is concerned. I had that little skirmish with the wacko from Sweeties Bakery in downtown New London earlier this year, you remember the business owner who thought she didn’t have to pay “non-employees” on the books. I’ve been very vocal about the strike at L&M lately–but I don’t think that’s the catalyst. It’s too recent. So I’m trying to figure out just what it was that I did which may have caused someone out there to go off the deep end. If they have, of course, if they have.
A little while ago I started getting a massive amount of phone calls from telemarketers and they’re still coming through although not so much anymore. Each one of them assured me that I had filled out a form on their website and asked them to call me. Schools. Banks. Real estate. Insurance. Survey takers. You name it, they called. Did I mention I’m on the National Do Not Call List so…why the hell would I ask them to call me?
Then I started getting emails along the same line; junk. Spam. Each email stated I’d asked for the contact.
Then I got a few strange bills in the mail. Right address. Wrong name. At first I figured someone transposed the house number but that’s not it. Then I even tried to find the addressee here in New London and was unable to do so. I called and told them they had the wrong address, please don’t send me anymore bills there is no one here other than us.
Then a Plumbing and Heating truck showed up at my house to fix my furnace because I didn’t have any heat. The guy gave a name I didn’t recognize along with my address. I assured him my furnace was fine and I didn’t call them. In fact, I’d never heard the name he mentioned and was unable to help him find who he was looking for.
Then I got all of those pictures of some guy’s dick. That was nice. According to his FB page he was in India but…well, we all know we can be from anywhere here in Cyber Space and the pictures didn’t show his face.
Then I started getting emails about jobs. I didn’t think anything of it. Employers cruise Monster and Career Builder where I have resumes for them to look at. Pfizer was particularly interested in hiring me and I never even considering applying there. It’s not my thing. I would never be happy in that atmosphere but they wanted me bad.
Today, I got a postcard in the mail from a local employer telling me they’d looked over the resume I had submitted and they were sorry to inform me that I didn’t qualify for the job.
I called them and explained that I didn’t submit a resume to them, I have been employed in the same place for the last 18 months and while I’m open to new opportunities I have not actually submitted my resume anywhere since I took my present job. She was certain that I had but ‘it could have been Monster’. I said that, even then I would have had to submit the resume to them…which I did not. I don’t imagine they go around the job sites looking for people only to send out rejection notices to people who didn’t actually apply. Right?
Did I mention that about two-three weeks ago our car was broken into? Yep. It was. Not only that but it seems to the ONLY car that was broken into on the street. Whoever did it didn’t get anything there wasn’t anything to get but they ransacked the hell out of it. Out of hubby’s car which I had been driving up until about a month ago when we got my car which nicely automatically locks itself. Cool, huh? I didn’t think much of it other than; kids. I left it at that and was slightly relieved to know that cars had been being broken into in my neighborhood. I shouldn’t say that I know but it’s a point in the favor of the This Is All In My Head Column so that’s nice.
Also there’s the fact that at least two accounts I use may have been ‘hacked’. I received notices from Yahoo and LinkedIn of ‘suspicious activity’ on my account and was forced to change the passwords for both of them even though I don’t really use them.
While, so far, I haven’t found any small items missing I am starting to feel a little like ‘Helen Makris’ in OBSESSION.
If these things were spread out over the course of the YEAR I wouldn’t think twice about them but they’re really only in the last 4-5 months…give or take. So they’re really sort of just glaring at me.
So if you’re of a mind to help me out here…what do you think? All random occurrences that have nothing to do with each other and it’s just Life or maybe more than that? I am pretty vocal, opinionated, stubborn, loud-mouthed, take-no-shit. While I’m no celebrity I do have a fairly ‘high profile’ with my books and all. I’m easy to find if you have 1/4 of a brain. Do you think I’ve picked up, well, someone? Or am I making a mountain out of a molehill here?
I guess I’ll wait until a rejection letter from either a publisher or a credit card company shows up. Then I’ll know for sure.
In the meantime, I’ll be keeping an extra eye on the locks.