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With several interruptions for personal business relating to the roof.
 

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24 February 2009 at 6:33 pm

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On Minding One’s Own Business

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So, we’re at our bank completing the process for cashing the check we finally squeezed out of our homeowner’s insurer (a different story). And so since the bank still owns most of the house, and since so many others these days are what is being called “under water,” the insurer has the bank co-signing on the check. And so the bank has some additional form that needs to be completed (which makes sense, seeing how they’re signing off on a check that isn’t really their money . . . kinda like that bailout money they’ve been getting . . . another different story). So, the bank manager fills out the date of damages without hesitation: 9/13/2008. And when I take note of how automatic that seemed for him, he shrugs, pointing out that even for this tiny local bank branch, he’s done several hundred of these reimbursement checks for Ike.

So I suppose then, by comparison, that the reason our homeowner’s insurer got the date of damages wrong on the check would probably be because even supposedly being a large nationwide insurer, for the entire Houston region they’ve probably not yet handed out more than maybe a dozen of these checks? One would think.

I’ve seen worse. There was the bank I had gone to for setting up a new account, only to have them try to give me a checkbook full of checks with my name miserably spelled wrong, then have them shrug at the mistake, not getting the point of what it might mean to their own business for me to be handing out checks with false information about my identity – didn’t take me any more than that indifference to tell me I needed to find me a new bank. Or there was the title company at the closing for our current house, who shrugged at the misspelling of the address on all major documents until we put our foot down and refused to continue until corrections had been made – more recent problems within the past few years of mixing our property up with a foreclosure on a separate property with too similar an address ought not to have actually occurred for a title company to have an inkling of the problems that could arise from an incorrect deed.

So yes, I’ve seen worse. But still. Getting the date wrong on the biggest hurricane to hit the largest city in the Atlantic hurricane zone doesn’t speak well of an insurance company that likes to pretend it has good hands.

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24 February 2009 at 3:26 pm

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IExit Stage Left

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iecenter090224Since I use Internet Explorer even less than I dirty myself sneaking back through the suicidal LiveJournal, I had to peek over Susan‘s shoulder reading Rode Hard to remind myself that IE doesn’t understand the concept that HTML is supposed to be a standard. Although the block in which I set any poem is meant to be centered in aftermath’s main blog space, the poem itself is supposed to be left-aligned. Firefox (and some older versions of IE, since Microsoft doesn’t even keep standard to its own whims, forcing anyone still bothering with IE to continually return to grade school to re-learn their basics) gets it right.

What’s worse is that WordPress has its own amalgam of random non-standard quirks about what constitutes HTML, changing for any given code from setting to setting and from time to time. So putting in the time to re-work all my poems (yes, looking back, they’ve all been messed up) is like exploring a dense jungle never before touched by human feet.

If IE or WordPress had a clue about the value of HTML standardization, this would all be so unnecessary. I already spend more time on the formatting and logistics of each of my posts than I give to the actual writing of them, no thanks to WordPress. This is all I need: taking extra time to re-code each entry so it will display correctly in a browser that readers should be abandoning anyway.

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Written by macheide

24 February 2009 at 8:43 am

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