Things happen in 3's. What does it mean when...

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...they just keep coming?

People often say that bad stuff always comes in threes. In the past, this seems to have been the case. But what does it mean when you go well beyond those 3, and these aren't small things.

Here's my month (that's just JULY/AUGUST) so far:

1) computer crashed
2) fridge died
3) van died (gone to dump)
4) bicycle for new transportation refuses to be repaired
5) laundry washer burning rubber - needs to be replaced
6) long-lost debtor suddenly demanding thousands of dollars
7) another less serious computer crash

And if that isn't enough...

Today I made one of the most shocking discoveries of my life.

8) I've lost my domain! Someone took my domain that I've been working to promote for over a year. It seems my host forgot to renew the registration.

Yep! That's 8 so far (well, 6 serious ones if you discount #4 & #7) in just ONE MONTH! And August isn't over yet. Oh, and my tenant decided to move, which cuts my income significantly. So I guess that's 9 so far.

So tell me... what would YOU make of this?

I think I'm suicidal!

Sylvia
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  • Profile picture of the author HeySal
    It could be worse - everything you just listed is pretty temporary stuff. It isn't like deaths of loved ones or terminal health diagnosis.

    Take the small stuff one at a time -- check into a lawyer regarding your domain and your "long lost debtor" who might have disappeared long enough to have exceeded his statute of limitations on collections.

    Then prioritize what you need fixed first. If they have Craigslist.com or Freecycle.com in Canada you might be able to get freebies to replace a few of the appliances.

    I've had close to two years now of that type of thing, but all in all - nothing terminal so I am in good shape.
    • Profile picture of the author sylviad
      Thanks Sal,

      I went through 10 years of crap like this (1991-2001) and things haven't been too bad since so I've had about 5 years of reprieve... until now.

      Bad costly personal decisions and multiple deaths were part of that 10 year-stint that culminated in the suicide of my partner and death of a close friend in a traffic accident. Almost lost my house, too. That series ended with my own diagnosis of perforated ulcers and a thyroid disorder that almost killed me when I thought it was just exhaustion.

      Let's face it. Everything is temporary really, isn't it? I mean... even grief becomes a thing of the past eventually - well, pretty much anyway.

      I've since replaced my fridge, and yesterday I finally got my bike fixed, so 2 down, 6 to go. The debtor is within 7 years, which I think is the max allowed - it's actually only about 2 years - I understood it had all been settled, but now I see not.

      All these things might be temporary, but there's always that lingering and serious financial spinoff.

      Thanks for the suggestions. We have services that can provide free replacements, but the qualifications are rigorous. I recently checked a government grant program to replace the drafty windows in my house, but I have to pay $4,000 first to get back about $150.

      I'm sure things will work out, as they always seem to, somehow. It's funny, but as these things come at me I quickly jump into resolution mode but as they keep coming, my energy wanes. I'm sure you know what that's like.

      I hope your life goes easier, too.

      Sylvia

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