Pour Glenn has been having a bad time. His friends are like "you didn't really give yourself first prize in your own writing contest and then put in on your resume`? WTF man, who does that?" And Glen is like (talking to himself) "Man, what am I going to do. This is like getting caught with my hand in the cookie jar. I know, I'll complain to ICANN." And that's all he did.
Then I got some suspicious looking emails and was like (talking to my self), "Totally, a scam."
Bear said, "meow."
"I know, right?" And I hit delete.
Thankfully, one of these emails was still in my message box (and I remembered that particular suspicious email from all the others) because Weebbly was getting more confused by the minute and, as things turned out, poor tech support couldn't of fixed it anyway. I found this out by calling web.com. It seemed if the email originated from them, then hey, what's it going to hurt to call. What took Weebly days and days to get nowhere with took Web.com twenty- two minutes. Actually, I was on hold for twenty minutes, so it really only took them two minutes.
Then I had to go my weebly page, update my information, respond to the email Web.com sent. (Some of you who read my comments on their letter might of been thinking I was nit picking the we and the us, but if you understood that I need to email web.com from that... well, I just don't know.) For the sake of prosperity, I sent a photo of my housing contract (in Korean) and my job contract (in English and Korean) in case Glenn complains again.
Then I had to call them (not ICANN or WHOIS or Weebly, but web.com) again and let them know I sent the email so my site wouldn't get locked again. All this took about thirty minutes.
But a good story involving Weebly customer service wouldn't be complete without Weebly customer service. Tech support was kind enough to get back to me and let me know my site was working about an hour after web.com turned it back on. As I was reading "your site should be working now," I imaged the tech guy scratching is head at all the issue reports run up the flag pole.
I sent a response stating that it was only my educated guess, but weebly must be a reseller of web.com domains and that, customer service should be educated on this rather than sending tickets to tech support for issues that aren't technical. The tech support guy replied to say Weebly does buy their domains from register.com which is owned by web.com. He also sort of apologized. "I'm truly sorry that it took so long to figure this out for you." Yeah, that's totally not what happened. Also, I'm pretty sure my site would still be down if I hadn't called web. com. But, hey, I got six months free pro-services... I love free stuff =)
Copied from mr-jordan.net.weebly.com: The scam email that predicted my site going down and why I ignored it: clue gund for ICANN and WHOIS: also, why is web.com sending me emails?
Weebly is absolutely perplexed by my site being down. As I was talking with the rep who promised my site would be back up, I remembered three scam emails I had received threatening to take down my site if I didn't provide my personal information. The representative of Weebly did say that WHOIS is some kind of governing body of the interment. I'd never heard that before so I was like "huh?"
Anyway, here is most of the email I was sent. My comments are in blue.
Dear Registrant, (Omg, how did they know I go by Registrant? Okay, lets repeat with a little less sarcasm. If this is a real thing, Registrant could apply to a lot of people. Vague wording is a scam clue.)
Your domain registration (I have a couple of domains through weebly so again, this smelled of a scam.) has been tentatively scheduled for deactivation on 01-15-2015. (I trusted if this were true, Weebly would contact me directly) Please note, we’ve (Who is we? Vague, official sounding language is common in scams) attempted to you reach you via telephone to discuss this matter . Please read below for more information regarding your domain registration rights and responsibilities.
It has been It has been brought to our attention that some or all of the information associated with your domain registration is outdated or incorrect (This happens to be true... for a lot of reasons but mostly because I move back and forth between South Korea and the USA. Weebly has my credit card information and hasn't requested I update anything. Basically, I figured if there was an issue, Weebly would let me know.) These types of complaints are brought to our attention in one of two ways:
If you have any questions regarding the ICANN policy, please see the following or you can view the entire ICANN Registrar Agreement via: http://www.icann.org/registrars/ra-agreement-17may01.htm
188.8.131.52 The Registered Name Holder shall provide to Registrar accurate and reliable contact details and promptly correct and update them during the term of the Registered Name registration, including: the full name, postal address, e-mail address, voice telephone number, and fax number if available of the Registered Name Holder; name of authorized person for contact purposes in the case of an Registered Name Holder that is an organization, association, or corporation; and the data elements listed in Subsections 184.108.40.206, 220.127.116.11 and 18.104.22.168. (Since my site went down, I'm taking you guys seriously but I'm still confused about what ICANN is. I searched you guys through Google and looked at your website... My neighbor found my on floor.
After a cup of strong coffee, I searched Google with "Can ICANN shut down my site?"which turned up no results. I also searched "ICANN + WHOIS", "who is WHOIS", "Who are we?" and "Who are they". Have you ever had a national identity crisis during a website outage? Well I have. Can you please had a link, "Site not working? Here's how to fix it."
Also, can you communicate with Weebly, because they're even more clueless than me. We've tried updating my personal information but can't. Actually, I tried to update a long time ago, but as I've mentioned, I live and work in South Korea and I'm just used things being USA centric.)
Please check your records, update the WHOIS contact information (How do I do that?) and contact us to confirm this information is up to date as soon as possible (Us is ICANN???). Otherwise, we may be required to suspend the subject domain registration and/or associated website. ( You can't talk with Weebly or WHOIS? You guys are on your way to functioning like a government entity.)
You will need to log your Account Manager to review and update your contact information. In order to update your WHOIS database information, please have your User ID and password ready (Before my site went down, this wreaked of a scammer trying to get my password and user name and I was like nuhu. And now that I'm pretty sure you're behind my site going down, I'm just mad. Who are you that you can just turn off my site? Why didn't you contact Weebly? Why doesn't Google know about this kind of email? ) and follow the instructions via the he link below: ('cus scam emails never ask targets to do that. Sigh. Also the link is at the very bottom under all the other links. It takes me to ICANN who sends me to WHOIS who sends me back to Weebly. I don't know when my site will be back up or if it ever will, and I still don't know who ICANN is or how they're linked with WHOIS or why I'm getting emails from web.com.)
My website www.mr-jordan.net returns "server not found." Based on a sudden drop in stats on January 15th (I didn't immediately notice the problem) my site has been down ten days and counting.
I immediately messaged Weebly-- that message has yet to receive a reply. The next day I had a live chat with someone who said he didn't know what was going on and would run it up the flag pole. I've been awaiting a response from "the flag" pole but haven't even gotten "we're working on it." And of course "We're sorry your site is down," is not in the stars.
In the meantime, I was able to duplicate my site. But none of my blog posts were transferred. I feel very frustrated and I'm a little surprised that Weebly is not alarmed by my site being down for so long. Down time is big deal in site hosting. I feel like this issue has been put in cue with other things like photos not working.
Since it's been down so long, I might start copying blog posts over here, but that's a lot of work and I don't know. I haven't been blogging as much these days. Anyway my current site is paid for until mid 2016. One would hope that Weebly will fix the issues before then=)
"Are you busy?" M. asked supper politely.
I looked up from the dressage video I was watching, "not really."
"Can you make another speaking test like the first, but for 5th and 6th grade."
"Sure." I closed YouTube before I had finished speaking the 'ure'.
This kind of work is like a puzzle. I've loved puzzles since I was a kid.I've even considered becoming a professional puzzler. The only better than job title alliteration would be a puntastic job title. Anyway, look at the photo, listen to the teacher read the story (in your case just read the story) and answer the questions.
Starting on April 1st, 2015 airlines around the world will offer a new, cheaper way to travel. Anyone can travel anywhere in the world for just $50.00 US dollars. These rooftop seats will only be available after all the seats inside are full.
1. When will the new way to travel start?
2. How much will it cost?
3. Where can you go?
4. Where will the passengers (people) sit?
5. Do you think this is a good idea? Why or why not?
6. Do you think this is a real story? Why or why not?
7. What holiday is April 1st?
Not long after I adopted my cat Bear (from the school parking lot), I started thinking about all the other homeless animals in Korea. Finally, I put thought into words and offered to do some fostering for KAPS in Daegu. I wanted to foster a cat, because kittens are highly adoptable, but KAPS only does fostering with kittens because the babies were susceptible to respiratory infections and cold and die. (Clue one.) And later, that they hoped to never see the kitten again. (Clue two.)
I was still feeling helpless over the condition of the horses at the stables in Yeong Ju and the lack of laws. There's nothing I can due. Worse, I was complicit to an extent. I had noticed them seem to be skinnier each time I rode. Finally, I talked to the old man about it. He had a lot of reasons why they were skinny: they aren't trained enough and safe for beginners so they were on a special feeding program. Also, one eats really fast. For a little while after our translated conversation, the horses started to pick back up. Then it came time to move, and I took a month off of riding. When I returned the deplorable, conditions slapped me upside the head.
The photos above where taken of a horse I was supposed to ride. After brushing her (and crying a little) I left.When I arrived home, my kitty said "meow" and strutted to one of his many scratching posts. This was oddly heartening after taking the photos above. I also noticed he was a getting a little fat and told him we were going on a diet together. He sneezed.
It wasn't long after giving up riding that I found myself traveling more than two hours from my home. I arrived at the shelter with the pink door just after twelve. I knew that they closed for lunch at one. I rang the bell and eventually an adjuma came. I followed her down an uncovered walkway and we turned right into a corridor.
Before becoming a shelter, this had once been a very traditional Korean house. The court yard had long since been converted into large cat pens. In the first, people friendly sick cats scurried to the chain link, mewing for some attention. I set my cat carrier down on a chair, and followed her just inside the second pen, where she indicated I should wait.
One of the cats took a deep liking for my shoes, and took the opportunity to mark me with his scent. In cat, that's "I think you are great!" Eventually other cats came along for a visit but the adjuma returned, with a little kitten. It was thrust into my hands. I nodded at the friendly cat and ask "erum?" (Name?)
"Opsiyo," she said, which translates into 'it does not exist."
She pose me and the kitten and snapped a picture, then the baby was placed into my cat carrier. Some paperwork came out and I gave her my alien registration card(ARC). I asked the name of another cat. By the time I got to asking about the kitten's name, I was pretty certain none of the shelter cats had names. (Clue 3)
She tried to tell me something well beyond my limited Korean and then made a call, hung up, dialed another numer and tried to talk to me again. I've gotten by in Korea for nearly six years with Konglish (English plus some terrible Korean), gestures and when all else fails, stick figures. But gesturing and pictures didn't work, and smiles where not returned.
Finally, I called Mrs. K. Translation happened. The kitten and newspaper was removed from my carrier. Another phone call was placed with cat in one hand, and receiver in the other. Finally, the kitten was thrust back into my carrier and I left with the precious cargo.
During the two hours ride home, I let the kitten snuggle in my arms on the bus and contemplated what his name should be. Sneezy? I looked at his runny nose. His eyes were clear and I felt confident that the cold was not too bad; the name would cease to be apt in a few days. As if to prove my point, he became squirmy so I and placed him back in the carrier.
Once we got home, he was a ball of curiosity, that did not like being limited to the office any more than Mr. Bear liked being locked out of the office. This is his house after all. He just lets me live hear because I pay the bills and feed him. Bear was even more offended when he saw the kitten. My co-worker said that Bear perhaps knew the baby was very sick from the beginning. I don't know.
Anyway, by Sunday night the baby was no longer clear eyed and curious. Yeongju is too small for an emergency vet, so I rushed home during lunch, and after mild coercion, was able to leave him at the vet's until I got off work. I let the kitty feeling satisfied that he would get the fluids he needed, and be back in my care in a few hours and that his cold would pass.
As it turned out, the foster baby had feline distemper which is highly contagious. At first I thought the vet had said leukemia instead of panleukopenia.
"Leukemia!" I gasped. "Omg, is Bear going to get sick."
The vet nodded solemnly at "Leukemina" and assured me Bear had been vaccinated. He then attempted to outline treatment in Konglish. At some point I said, "He's so young to undergo treatment for cancer?" The vet laughed and clarified the situation. However stick figures weren't sufficient to explain this disease, so I consulted Wikipedia.
Despite 90% mortality rate in kittens, the vet had been successful with some kittens recently and wanted to give this guy a shot. I agreed and when I got home, I emailed KAPS to let them know what the kitten had. A volunteer emailed me back to say, "it was quite common at KAPS, that he had two kittens with it and one survived, which was now undergoing treatment for a bad case of roundworms."
At first I was furious... at them for not telling me, at myself for putting Bear at risk, for the kitten who might have been spared with a routine vaccination and all the other sick cats. However, after thinking about it, I realized that KAPS is not a rescue, but a shelter and that there can be a sweeping difference between a rescue and a shelter. Finally, I understood that my perspective and their perspective were completely different. From their perspective it is better to provide shelter, food and water for a hundred cats than to leave them on streets.
In my heart I wanted to go back and adopt one of the cats, but many of them had been visibly sick and who knew what any of the cats had without vaccinations and what not. My wallet couldn't handle a hundred dollar adoption fee, plus another large vet bill.
And to tie this theme up, my friend Lynn just sent me a message that she almost adopted a cat. She had started putting food and water out for it, but just as she was about to claim it, the cat's owner (an English teacher) returned home from vacation. Without undue sarcasm, she wrote, "I guess he decided outside was cheaper than a kennel."
Do you ever catch yourself thinking doing something longer than it would take to just do the thing? I've been planing to blog about this or that and the other thing and hanging some curtains. Well, to be fair, I did attempt to hang the curtains and they fell down. And now they're on my to-do list which has been brushed aside for breaking in my rocking chair. I've always wanted one of these bad boys and I finally bought it off of g-market, which is the Korean version of E-bay. Except G-market is more of a cross between Amazon and E-bay, but way better.
My rocking chair cost a whooping 49,000 ... won. Or in terms of US money, a little less than $49.00. It's so comfy that rather than truck to my office, I pulled the laptop onto my lap and am writing from it now. As normal as this may sound, I don't normally write directly from my laptop. Years ago, I tossed out the tower for a laptop. It started with a Lenova netbook. Squinting at the 10 inch screen wore thin fast so a bought a monitor and once I did that, I also purchased regular sized keyboard. I've gone through quite a few over the years. I now use the Logitech washable keyboard. Initially I was drawn to the board because of it's raised keys, but never having to deal with keyboard gunk... that has been a highlight going on two years now. Also I get compliments on my purchase. I have no idea why this should make me happy, but it does.
Anyway, more often than not, my laptop is set on my desktop and I like to extend my screen to my monitor, giving my great workspace. This has recently lead to some fights with my cat, as he has tried to claim the office chair as his property. Never mind the giant cat tree he has or the smaller one by the window. Nope, just the office chair. I suspect its actually a compliment. For a year I had three seating choices: my bed, the floor or the office chair. All three places got a lot of use in the one room.
And that brings us full circle to the rocking chair. It's kind of like when you're really hungry and you eat at a place the first time... man it's soooo good. I suspect had I gotten my rocking chair under different circumstances, say moving from an normal apartment to a house, I wouldn't have enjoyed it the way I am now.
On a completely other topic: What is up with miniscule "sign in" links on every site? I will say that you don't quite need a magnifying glass to find it (uhmmm, Khols) on Weebly, but seriously, it's like "Where's Waldo." I think you can tell a lot about how much a company values it's "old" customers over "new" by comparing the size of sign-up to sign-in, somewhere along the way businesses and investors confused "users" with customers. One pays money. The other doesn't, and those who do, shouldn't need a magnifying glass to log-in. Just saying.
Mariel R. is an ESL teacher, horse trainer, writer, editor, sporadic blogger, and lover of beer. She lives in South Korea with two cats, three horses, a German Shepherd and 17 chickens.
Bear (Gom in Korean) then (above) now (below)
Geumbi (Goldy in English) R.I.P February, 23, 2018