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November 2017

Little happened this month. I saw my Pain Psychologist, and my anesthesiologist in the second week of the month. I also got Internet Essentials from Comcast. It was disappointing that I couldn’t use my own modem and router, but such is life. I did some changes in how people reach me. I will be phasing out my “home” phone line and just relying on a single number. I have been able to solve the time calling rules that were in place.

Also took Malak to the vet. He had some wounds on him under his chin. I cleaned the area and went to make sure nothing bad happened. It seems as if all (buy my pocket) is fine. Nothing else happened. December will be more active.

Thanksgiving was a bit of effort. I helped someone with their dinner. Malak got to eat some turkey skins. He also finished his medication treatments. The third and fourth week however otherwise has been relatively quiet. On some good news, I managed to almost make my savings goal. I should be finished in the first week of December.

Comcast Internet Essentials: First Impressions

With being disappointed with the customer service of Verizon, and the availability of Internet Essentials from Comcast, I decided to return to Comcast, but only with this program. Comcast Internet Essentials is intended to help select low income groups to get low-speed internet for a reasonable price. In my case, I receive 15MBPS down and 2MBPS up for $10 + taxes and fees. The reason why I call this low speed is FCC defines broadband as a 25/5MBPS connection.

The service was installed by a technician who had to come and set my service up since I had FIOS. While I already have a cable modem, and router, I was told by the technician that I had to use their hardware, but it is free. Installing the service took about an hour with full bootup taking as long as 15 minutes. Continue reading Comcast Internet Essentials: First Impressions

October 2017

This month was much like most months. However, I was busier than normal with appointments. There have been some changes. First, the department of Traveler’s AId which provides me with bus fare to get to and from doctor appointments have changed. I called the new department for the first time late last month. I also acquired a USB A – C cable. This will allow me to charge my phone next to where I sleep. Before this, I had to charge it early in the morning.

The first week was as normal. I, however, had a phone call regarding my brother. He, however, has yet to actually call me since the last time he did me wrong. This is for the best in my opinion, but he still sees it fit to cause more issues with me. Next, I had a doctor’s appointment which I went to. When I got back into Downtown, I missed my bus and had to go to a McDonalds’ to get off of my feet. This was because of me having to get bread to support my meals.
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I’m Now Secured

On October 2, 2017 – I have set up a Let’s Encrypt SSL through my hosting provider (Dreamhost). The certificate seems to only be valid for a few months, but I am sure there will be a way to make it more permanent. For those that would care, the site will automatically go to secured hosting when selecting a link within the site. However, to assure some ease of future policies, I will continue to just use the non-encrypted URL, and make it so going to pages, and posts will be encrypted.

There is likely no need for this since I do not take credit card payments over my site, but it might offer some assurance and guarantee for someone that would prefer an encrypted site.

September 2017

The first week was spent mostly paying bills, although I had an appointment which I went to. There is still fatigue with the new medicine, but hopefully, I can get that dealt with. The goal was to get everything accomplished as quickly as possible. This is to allow me to have an accurate depiction of my money in the second week.

The second week, as normal – I received my food stamps, and again had issues with Verizon. I received a couple of emails saying my ATA went offline. This is not something that happened so frequently with Comcast. I am likely to try to get back with Comcast in a month. I also had to make a phone call for someone that owes me money, although he usually takes his time in getting it together. On another note, since I terminated my services with Freedom Pop, I decided to take the 2 month trial with Pandora’s premium service. If the service is good, I will be spending about the same as I would if I had Freedom Pop. Continue reading September 2017

August 2017

This month could have been better. At the very least, it was frustrating. Where I will have a significant bias, and take much of what happened as personal, I will try to not let it affect the basic truth of what happened. This will be done as best as can be.

In the first week of the month, my brother did something wrong by me. It has even come to the point where I can not trust him any longer. With that being said, I had asked my landlord to do a couple of things to help deal with what my brother has done to me. If the precautions I have taken will fail, I will have to consider moving, or worst case scenario, surrender Malak and become homeless until I will be able to find a new place to live. Continue reading August 2017

July 2017

The first week was hectic. First, I managed to consolidate all of my bills into one loan. This will hit me a bit, but will hopefully be able to reduce the stress of the debt I had – some being as high as 27%. Also, in the first week, I received my rent rebate which was transferred to my new checking account. I also had a couple of appointments and had to go to the community center to collect my food from their food bank.

The second week, I got my food stamps which of course – I used to get the majority of my food. I also took Malak in for his annual checkup. Because of everything beforehand, it was a bit hard on me. I made due as normally. I also changed ISPs from Comcast to Verizon FiOS. I am going to keep that as long as possible, however, I need it for at least 4 months, otherwise, the change will be for naught. The reason of the change is Comcast will not allow current customers to get Internet Essentials. Malak also got his annual checkup. He is 80lb of muscle, and relatively healthy for his age. The vet recommended fish oil capsules to help with any joint issues he might have in the future. He is at least 6 years old now, so that is a reasonable concern. As expected, he tested negative for heartworm. Continue reading July 2017

June 2017

This month could have been better. I severed ties with my brother and his ex-girlfriend. If one was to talk to him, he would make it sound as if it was over one incident. In reality, it is over 20 years of misbehavior, and the incidents in question are just the straw that broke the camel’s back so to say. The first week also had an outing on the behalf of someone else, and two appointments – all of which took a bit out of me. Nonetheless, I made due as usual.

The second week – mostly was spent trying to reduce the issues of the first week. I did have to go to the grocery store. The upstair’s neighbor passed her responsibility for the cat on to me. I already changed my passphrase, and will no longer allow her to have access to my network. I am sure she will not be happy about it, but I care not. As for the kitten, the cat went to animal control Continue reading June 2017

No More Facebook for Me

On 17th of June, 2017 – I have chosen to completely delete my Facebook Account. According to Facebook, I have a 14 day grace period in case I changed my mind, but I doubt I will. As time goes on, I feel that my value to most others as a person seems to be less and less. I don’t need Facebook to show me all of the useless and while sometimes amusing, lack of anything real. With this in mind, I decided to do the actual deletion, and removed the link from my .tel address as well as removed the link from my Social Network Page.

So what happens if someone wants to get in touch with me? Well, believe it or not, there is more to the Internet other than Facebook and Porn. When doing a Google search, one of my websites should show up. I can be reached via email, and Hangouts for IM communications. My Google Voice number supports SMS and MMS. If you are reading this post, you can reach me easily. Simply put, I don’t care if most people don’t know how to reach me. Almost everyone that were “Facebook Friends” have other ways to reach me. Continue reading No More Facebook for Me

May 2017

The first two weeks of the month were extremely busy. On the first, I took my prescription down to Rite-Aid to be filled. It would seem as if they wanted to “give company policy” to make me make a special trip the next day to get my prescription. I was considering seeing if there were alternatives, but it will seem as if the anesthesiologist will start submitting my morphine to the pharmacy electronically. I will expect I will still need to provide ID.

Seen my pain psychologist on Wednesday, and went to a community center for the food bank on Friday. These too were in the first week of the month. In addition, on Tuesday of the first week, I went to the pharmacy (again), followed by getting cleats on my shoes, and an appointment for an eye exam and new glasses. It would seem as if my eyes were a bit worse. To make matters worse, not only did I need Transition Lenses (when the lens gets darker in sunlight), but the eye doctor wanted me to have a no glare lens as well. I expected to have a $500 bill, and the bill came to $493. This meant I needed to use a credit card. I got the new glasses on May 12.
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