Friday, June 25, 2021

CoViD-19: Mass Vax Sites To Close; Other Options For Shots Abound | Chauvin Sentenced | Biden Makes Pride Moves | Thank You, EDD |

Jacaranda Doesn't Like Ficus Sneaking Up On Him (Taken 6.24.21)

I know it's really easy to bash the government and I know some people had a really hard time getting benefits over the course of the past year and a half, whether for EDD, Calfresh, grants, rent relief, or whatever, but I feel like it should be noted when things actually work. I never had the problems others did when signing up for EDD in the first place. I filed, got my award, and subsequently received my payments on time with little fanfare. Those supplemental payments were incredibly helpful and we survived the year. 

I did experience some small complications with EDD when benefits ran out in December and only automatically restarted for some again in January, and when I called in at the time, I had to wait on hold et cetera, et cetera. But when I finally did get through, the person was helpful and flagged another issue, which she wasn't authorized to help on, from the past summer that she recommended I call back in about. I figured I'd get around to it eventually. 

Fast forward to today, and I decided to call around 4pm because if I'm gonna be off the teat I wanted to see if I could get those back weeks that were missed. I got through on my first try, had about a 10 minute hold, and got a super helpful woman on the line. She not only fixed the weird pending week ending 4/10 that lots of people are experiencing, but was able to push through three additional weeks that I wasn't paid last summer. I can't say if it's that more people have been hired and trained, that fewer people are calling (especially right before the weekend) or if it was just dumb luck, but I applaud EDD, at least in my case, for handling my issues. Hopefully I can certify those past weeks a final time and be done with EDD for a very long time. 

Today was a big news day, but the biggest news of the day is that Derek Chauvin was sentenced to 22.5 years. There was a lot of other stuff, too, but per usual, links are below and I'll just let those speak for themselves. 

I was mostly home today, watching briefings and news, making my EDD call, and impulse-buying a new couch online. We did go to Vons, which I was shocked they have no customer mask policy when everyone is in their with the nose-picking finger-sucking dirty-ass kids who are too young to be vaccinated and not wearing masks, so maybe I'll get back to exclusively late night shopping trips. We also went to the San Diego Zoo, but were really only there a little over an hour...enough time to see just a handful of animals, ride the Skyfari two times, and watch the Jambo parade, which you know I love so much. We'll definitely be back sooner than later.

Stay safe out there. 

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