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23 July 2008

My brother forgot my birthday but tried a last minute save by wishing me a good day on facebook.com as the day was over... I'm a bit uppity about it as I didn't forget his birthday even though it was a week before my wedding... the excuse? I'm told he's too busy planning his own wedding that isn't likely to be in the next couple years... yeah, I'm totally a brat.

Two weeks ago I freaked out in larger-than-life proportions because I was an ass and forgot my mail in the ladies bathroom. This stack of envelopes consisted of: my lost passport application (and all my information) , my wedding license copy receipt, my payment checks for the following bills: my cell phone & my utilities. I was convinced that soon I would find another person using my Social Security number and my banking information as I called and alerted every last credit and government agency to flag my information.

Today I received receipts via email and snail mail that my wedding license request was received and my bills are paid... no word yet about my passport but my fingers are crossed... it appears that some totally stranger picked them up and dropped them all in the mail for me.

People are surprising. Has this kind of thing happened to anyone else where someone who should do better doesn't and someone who isn't obligated saves the day?
posted by eatdonuts 23 July | 13:34
i had an ex's driver's license show up in the mail, but it wasn't random, but an association dedicated to randomness.
Something about stringbeans in the name.
It didn't save the day, just odd.
posted by ethylene 23 July | 13:38
I had a friend who was mugged and the mugger was thoughtful enough to drop his wallet in a mailbox, so it was returned. Not sure how that works karma-wise but it's better than having to get a new license through the DMV.
posted by doctor_negative 23 July | 13:44
it appears that some totally stranger picked them up and dropped them all in the mail for me.

Oh my, that is wonderful.

Has this kind of thing happened to anyone else where someone who should do better doesn't and someone who isn't obligated saves the day?

I was arrested for drinking under age. I was twenty years old. I had a court date. I showed up. If I'm remembering correctly something happened with the scheduling and I, along with a group of other law-breakers, had to return the following week. I met with the public defender briefly that day. The day before my court day the lawyer appointed to me calls me on the phone (I was sleeping during the day) and tells me she got my case dropped. I was very surprised and thankful. I wanted to send her presents in the mail. This was one of the nicest things that has happened to me and alleviated a lot of headache. Of course, it wasn't personal. She didn't know me from Adam. I still felt very thankful that my irresponsible self got saved.
posted by LoriFLA 23 July | 13:53
I've lost my wallet twice and had it returned both times, once with 120 still in it. The karma fairy smiles over me.
posted by goo 23 July | 13:54
Oh that's good to hear, eatdonuts.

And it reminds me - when we got married (nearly 4 years ago now) we never got any sort of receipt or anything after the marriage certificate was mailed in. For all I know, it got lost in the mail and we are not legally married. I should give the court a call sometime.
posted by gaspode 23 July | 13:56
(...) had a friend who was mugged and the mugger was thoughtful enough to drop his wallet in a mailbox, so it was returned.

holy crap, really? that's a pretty nice mugger. where was that?


This was one of the nicest things that has happened to me and alleviated a lot of headache. Of course, it wasn't personal. She didn't know me from Adam. I still felt very thankful that my irresponsible self got saved.


i don't know, i think it's pretty miraculous when stuff like this happens too. i think we're all trained (or perhaps jaded) to not expect anything from 'the system.'


gaspode, we had to apply for the receipt of certificate, totally after and apart from when we applied for the marriage license. i'm doing it mostly because i'm a worry-wort and in some cases if we go out of country, it might be helpful to have a copy of our wedding certificate with us. plus my work wants proof of marriage to update all my basic info. i dunno, it seems like something i would want to have around, right?

posted by eatdonuts 23 July | 14:05
Yeah, absolutely, eatdonuts. I want one around too. I guess then I just assumed that they would sent some sort of receipt, and then forgot about it. It's only since you mentioned it that I thought of it (although we had to send off a copy of our certificate, after the minister - my friend, the ULC minister - signed it, so we do have a certificate, just no proof that it has been filed at the court.)
posted by gaspode 23 July | 14:10
I was 21 when I got my pocket picked on the El. Without my wallet, I had no cash to get home, so I walked from the Loop to Rogers Park, where I was staying with a friend. Between stopping to rest and getting lost, the walk took hours.

Most valuable to me was not the money or the traveller's checks, but my ID, which I couldn't replace without going home to Maine... but I couldn't get home to Maine without ID. Also in my wallet: contact info and business cards from possible employers. Irreplaceable. I would've managed, but at the moment it seemed overwhelming.

When I arrived on my friend's doorstep, I saw something dark crammed into the crack under the security door... my wallet!

While exchanging info with a possible employer the day before, I had accidentally kept the wrong card: I kept the one on which I'd written my name and local address. Apparently, someone had found it, compared the name on the ID to the card, and getting no answer at the phone #, dropped off the wallet at the address.

They didn't even leave a note so I could thank them.

Wow: on preview, I see this is not uncommon. How good to hear!
posted by Elsa 23 July | 14:17
LOL, we don't even have that! I guess the state doesn't even think we need need an original wedding certificate - which is why I worry. We got married last May and as I recall our 'licensed to be signed by JoP/Minister' was good until August - it would be pretty funny to find out we weren't actually married as the documents were never received... eeek! He'll never get away I tell ya! As it said on our M&Ms - 'Legal & Binding!'
posted by eatdonuts 23 July | 14:17
where was that?

In Brooklyn, in the late '80s.
posted by doctor_negative 23 July | 15:06
*Idly wondering where Jim Morrison would be today if he had not died. I like to think he and Manzarek, with a new guitar player and drummer, would be appearing at an Indian Casino near you, with the Steve Miller Band opening for them.*
posted by danf 23 July | 15:12
For all I know, it got lost in the mail and we are not legally married. I should give the court a call sometime.

Heh. hermitosis and I were the legal witnesses at a wedding for an Orthodox Jewish couple who had been married a year prior, but the paperwork had never been officially filed somehow (I think the rabbi who married them passed away). So they got hermitosis' friend to marry them quick in Central Park; I think they didn't want anyone to know they hadn't actually been married for all that time.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero 23 July | 15:35
I remember biting my nails when I went to get a copy of our marriage certificate. We'd had a friend ordained online, and I was certain that they'd flagged it as illegal or something. Imagine my relief when the lady handed me the official certificate.

I remember being a kid heading home from the library in the pouring rain. A city bus driver on his route stopped for me (I probably still had a half mile or more to go). I explained that I didn't have any money, but he had me get on, anyway. I think I was in 7th or 8th grade at the time. It was so great to get out of the rain!!

On the bad side: My then-boyfriend offered to "throw" me an 18th birthday party. He was in charge of invitations. I had the decorations all set up, fruit bowls around, grill getting hot. No one came. Even my boyfriend was two hours late (didn't know where he was. Way before cell phones.). Worst birthday of my life.
posted by redvixen 23 July | 18:51
I left my wallet in a bar in Barcelona. Didn't notice until the next day. Stopped by to see if it was still there, perchance, and it wasn't. They sent me to the police station a few blocks away, though, and they had it. Nothing was gone. Not the cash...nothing.
posted by Stewriffic 23 July | 21:21
"I had a friend who was mugged and the mugger was thoughtful enough to drop his wallet in a mailbox, so it was returned. Not sure how that works karma-wise but it's better than having to get a new license through the DMV."

Alternate theory. Your friend was mugged, the mugger took all he wanted from the wallet, then dropped the wallet. Then, someone else found the wallet and returned to you. Not wanting to be accused of stealing it, they simply drop it in your mailbox.
posted by GreenWithYou 24 July | 19:01
skinny, drunk and horny! || Hippy hoppy happy birthday, cillit bang!

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