Hooray for USAA

Yesterday I got my insurance settlement for the burglary. Well, I got most of it. USAA holds back what they call the "recoverable depreciation amount" which is basically the difference between what it would cost for me to replace something I've lost with a used item, and the total cost to replace it with a new product. I can get the recoverable appreciation amount, but I have to submit receipts proving I actually purchased the replacement item. For example: the computer that I'm typing on right … [Read more...]

Silver Lining

It's way past my bedtime — but I wanted to just take a minute to post my first blog entry from my new MacBook. I'm two thousand dollars deeper in debt than I was this time yesterday (let's hear it for a speedy processing of my insurance claim), but I've got a sweet new laptop to show for it.Meanwhile, we just keep stumbling into freaky new rooms in this topsy turvy funhouse. Fran discovered that about 150 of her checks are missing. Looks like we'll be closing our bank accounts ASAP. … [Read more...]