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06 January 2005 @ 03:46 am
Anyone know anything about Identity Theft?  
That seems like a reasonable excuse for insomnia, but it doesn't explain why I've had insomnia for the past 2 nights as well...

So I've been told that there is a credit card on my credit report that's about to go into collections. Except that I haven't had a credit card since 2002, and it was completely paid off. I've never heard of the credit card company in question. All of this leads me to conclude that some complete moron has stolen my identity. The individual MUST be an idiot if they stole MY identity - I can't manage to get myself a credit card, yet they've done it somehow. The question is, how do I prove that it wasn't me???

I'm not terribly stressed - I'm feeling more like, eh, what's one more thing then? -.-

Computer problems continue, but I have managed to get rid of a few problems. But the offloading of files/photos/data continues and I'm really sick of the webpage I'm on changing when it decides to do so and the damn popups and the naked girls. Yes, I do like naked girls, but generally only when I have a say in seeing them. >:0!!!

A few people made mention that I shouldn't be complaining about Xmas lights as yesterday was 12th night. What in blazes is that?! I'm guessing something to do with the 12 days of Xmas, but I always thought the carol referred to the twelve days before Xmas. In any case, we don't do 12th night, 12 days, 12 eggs or whatever it is here in this area, so I don't know what that means. I would say 'We don't do it in America' but then you know someone in Podunk, North Dakota will pop up saying they have the 12th Night Fairy or somesuch.

I bet you're all wishing that I didn't have insomnia right about now, aren't you?
I feel: awakeawake
Pengolodh (s.c)pengolodh_sc on January 6th, 2005 09:50 am (UTC)
December 6th is Epiphany, and is on the day after the Twelfth day of Christmas - Christmas has always lasted at least 12 days in most traditions, the first of which is Christmas Day on December 25th.
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Pengolodh (s.c)pengolodh_sc on January 6th, 2005 09:57 am (UTC)

:: bangs head into desk ::
Vicki: Catherine - CSIhermorrine on January 6th, 2005 10:00 am (UTC)
Allright, so what's Epiphany then?
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Vicki: Cleavage is good.hermorrine on January 6th, 2005 10:16 am (UTC)
Huh. Well, I've learned something. You're being awfully informative, Simon. Too bad for you that I'm actually feeling sleepy and will now take myself off to bed to see if I can get, oh, 3 hours of sleep. -.- Damned insomnia...
Clio, a vibrating mass of YES!: Chibi Cliojlh on January 6th, 2005 01:12 pm (UTC)
And since Epiphany is a Holy Day of Obligation in the Catholic Church, and since there are tons of Catholics in Chicago, I would say that absolutely there are people celebrating it in your area. It's just that Epiphany doesn't have the secular trappings that Christmas does; it's more like Ascension in that way.

Personally, I always give people until Twelfth Night because there is a tradition of putting UP your tree on Christmas Eve and taking it down on Twelfth Night, rather than putting it up right after Thanksgiving or something.
dejaspirit on January 6th, 2005 01:18 pm (UTC)
HAHAHA> I was looking for you on this thread. I knew you'd know. (I didn't)
longtimegonelongtimegone on January 6th, 2005 01:22 pm (UTC)
Dear Clio knows just about everything, I think. :))
wordplay on January 6th, 2005 03:00 pm (UTC)
Our tree is still up, and it has noting to do with any kind of tradition or rules. We were too lazy to take it down over the New Year holiday. I'm hoping by MLK Day? I'm keeping my holiday icons on LJ for as long as the tree is up. :))

The outside lights are down, though. We tend to hide our suckiness from the neighbors.
Tarataradiane on January 7th, 2005 03:07 am (UTC)
Ditto on the lazy factor. *stares at own tree, still up in the corner*

Also, Morri, you might just want to check with the credit bureau - you'd be surprised how many of them update just by name alone (lotta sons with the same name as their dad have their dad's info on their credit bureau), or the CC in question may just have the other person's SSN off by a digit or two which happens to match your own. A simple dispute usually takes care of the problem fairly easily. If you need help, let me know - tis my area of expertise.
gamps_garret on January 6th, 2005 04:55 pm (UTC)
I'm not Catholic and this is my first Christian Christmas, actually, but my family has always left our lights and decorations (except the tree) up until the weekend after 12th night. I guess that cultural Christmas lines are always blurring. :-)
Vicki: Fat Lady - Surprise!hermorrine on January 6th, 2005 08:44 pm (UTC)
The weird thing is that I went to a Catholic University here in Chicago, and technically I was baptised Catholic (although I try to ignore that) and yet I know nothing about Epiphany or Twelfth Night. Strange, no?
I am the man that makes the bhaji go away: dukemalachan on January 6th, 2005 09:36 pm (UTC)
We always take our decorations down today in our house. Simon and Clio and others explained why, pretty much, and I think today is also Christmas for the Orthodox Church.

I remember our school chaplain reminding us that Christmas lasts for 12 days, not 1!

re: Identity theft. :( Don't know anything myself as to what to do. Hope you can get it cleared up. Am sure they have ways to check and verify and sort it all out.