To say that 2020 has been a "lousy year," would be the understatement of the entire decade. One thing it taught me though, was to never say "well, it can't get any worse." December 1 came along and it's like it said "hold my beer, you ain't seen nothing yet." And you know what? It would have been right.
Folks, I was working on several things, at once, coming real close to having bit off much more than I could chew, when disaster struck. Many of you are aware by now, that my Facebook account was hacked. It was hacked and my primary e-mail address, where I would normally have received a link to change my password, had been changed to a Russian-based e-mail address. I couldn't change anything!
And if you have never tried to get Facebook to help you with anything, you don't know what living is! One might think that's it's easy to see, what with all of my identifiers, that I'm not Russian but one might also get caught thinking, well, they asked for an image of your driver's license, that should help. All that served in doing was getting my new account deleted. Yep, go figure. It didn't take a lot of energy or use of more than a couple of brain cells to determine that Facebook would rather I not return. And that's fine. I'm not.
The true details of this entire saga is truly long, so allow me to cut to the chase.
Many of you were aware that I was working (really working) to establish an independent social media site. I won't even go into the number of hours I spent on that. If it sounds like that site (which did get published and running) is on the backburner, it's not. It's completely off the stove...period. Mine and Teri's personal checking account was hacked into, THREE TIMES, with two of the three times being concerted efforts to clean us out financially. How serious was it? Well, a thirty-two year old bank account and everything associated with said account, had to be completely closed and a new one opened. They (the hackers) even used the bank account to attempt to make cash withdrawals from PayPal, whom I've been a member of (and past developer) since 1999.
It truly is a lot more detailed than this folks but I won't bore you to tears. Suffice it to say I'm drained. Emotionally and mentally (short trip there), I'm honestly petered out. I can't/won't continue to develop SEZTO, which was growing well. I simply don't have it in me. I know that must sound like a "wuss" but it's the truth. I'm done. I will not be returning to Facebook, even though Teri will maintain a presence there, simply for the sake of our Pics2Plaques page. What am I going to do?
Well, I can see where I will get a lot more done around here. I was and still am working on adding a new, handcrafted product line to Pics2Plaques, so there's that. And I hope to be writing more. Oh, and I do have a profile on MeWe, if you find yourself over there and bored to tears, feel free to look me up. I have included my profile link below, just in case you're "desperate."
To all of you who contributed to my presence on Facebook and read/followed my periodic rants, I humbly and sincerely thank you for a great ten years. I have to admit, it was a HOOT!!
Y'all take care.