ART 53, day what?

This Is Fifty-three, day what?

Okay, what the…?

If you have been following along with the latter part of this saga, you may recall that the five copies I ordered of the color edition so I could submit them as part of my Pulitzer entry had some problems, so one of the CreateSpace support reps set up a replacement order that was to arrive on Sept. 20 (when the original order, which came early, was expected to arrive). However, after the information about the shipment was sent to UPS, nothing happened. I checked in with CreateSpace, who determined that the order was ‘lost in transit’, and set up a new order to replace the replacements.

Well, this last Friday, September 30th, I contacted AAA to renew my membership. (How is this connected? you may be asking yourself. Bear with me.) Only I couldn’t, because my credit card was declined—and I couldn’t use my debit card to complete the transaction, because I’m more broke than usual at the moment. I checked my credit card account online, but could find no problems. Payments up to date? Check! Enough room on the card for the transaction? Check! I told AAA I would have to call back.

When I called the credit card company, the customer service representative informed me that my account had been frozen, and transferred me to their security department. They asked if I had tried to purchase anything on Amazon that day. I had not. Apparently, the lock on my account had been triggered by an attempted transaction for $0.00. The security department rep told me that this often occurs as a precursor to fraudulent activity, with whomever obtained the card information initiating a small transaction (or starting a transaction that they do not complete) to see whether or not the card is usable. Accordingly, she recommended closing the card and issuing me a new one. I agreed.

This morning, I got e-mail from UPS informing me that I have a package coming tomorrow. From Amazon. When I clicked on the tracking number to see what it might be, up comes tracking information for that shipment originally set up on September 18th—i.e., the one that was supposed to arrive on 9/20 that did not, resulting in the new order and shipment that I did finally receive. The date of the departure scan? September 30th—the date of that mysterious transaction for $0.00 that resulted in the cancellation of my old credit card and the issuance of a new one. Grrr…

Bonus round?

(2 October 2016)