Tuesday 11 October 2016

Thanksgiving Weekend

All in all it was a good weekend, not a stellar one, nor a disastrous one either, so all in all, a good one.

The weekend started off right with me doing my one last errand before taking off for the weekend: depositing my paycheque.

Friday was payday so that meant that I made my bi-weekly trek to the bank. It also meant that I was going to have a talk with them about those automatic withdrawals that go to pay my now paid off truck loan.

Since I do not have authority to tell them to cancel those payments altogether what they could do was put a stop payment on them.

Sure this stop payment would be in force for a few months, but I am hoping that it won’t take that long for the other bank to realize I don’t owe them anymore money and stop trying to take money out of my account.

I will call that other bank later this week, say in a day or two to follow up. Who knows, there may be that nice “you’re free” letter waiting for me in my mail box.

The best news was the fact that the bank, my main bank, decided to wave the usual fee that would apply for that stop payment. Who knew a bank could be nice?

This weekend I essentially moved out of Dropbox. What I did was copy my data from the online storage service to two external hard drives as well as putting the data that I use all the time on my laptop.

One of the external drives I will lock away in my fire safe as a safety backup. The other external drive I will keep accessible and near my laptop so I can access the data that I don’t use all the time yet still might want to.

I have my few spreadsheets on the iCloud and a few key text file “Memos” on my Dropbox (as in my grocery list), ETC. I will also use the Dropbox to get the photos that I take from my iPad or phone onto my laptop.

I just don’t like paying for a service that is essentially not that secure. True my laptop, or any compute is not that secure, but if you really want my data you will have to come and physically steal it. (Not that there is anything worth stealing.)

I also dumped my tanks and yes flushed out that blackwater tank, something that was needed, that’s for sure. Something tells me that I will be in full-blown winter mode before too long.

All it will take is consistent temperatures (day and night) below zero for me to be forced to switch to Winter Mode, as in don’t use my sinks or toilet.

As always, I will survive and I will thrive. I am thankful that I am on this journey to not only fiscal improvement but improvements in myself and my outlook as well.

As always: Keep your head up, your attitude positive and keep moving forward.

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