I Didn't Know I Was Moving ... And Other Bizarre Computer Glitches

Real Estate Broker/Owner with North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate

MovingTruck I woke up this morning to 5 missed calls and 3 voicemails from a moving company driver frantically trying to get in touch with me.  He wanted to confirm our appointment first thing tomorrow morning.  He said "I just wanted to inform you that me and my crew will be at your place at 8:00 am sharp to load the truck for your move to Los Angeles, California.  HUH??

"Yes, Ma'am ... we have you on the schedule for tomorrow morning at 8:00 a.m., so we'll see you then!" I was told by the dispatcher while calling to find out what was happening.  "This is a mistake!  I'm trying to tell you that I AM NOT MOVING!" I explained. He replied, "Well, according to my records -- YES, YOU ARE!"  Luckily, by the end of the phone call and 2 supervisors later, it was determined that a computer error had caused the mix-up.  You see, they had all my contact information in their system from an estimate they had created for a prior move.  However, the technical snafu inadvertently added my name to the pick-up schedule for tomorrow morning.  Phew ... crisis averted!

Then, this morning I received an email notifying me that a bottle of vitamins I had ordered 2 years ago "was just shipped and here is your UPS tracking number."  What??  I received this package 2 years ago!  And just now, while in the middle of typing this blog, my editing options suddenly disappeared and all I could see was a big, jumbled coding mess. (Thank goodness I remembered something from my HTML 101 coding class.)  This is too scary.  Except the good news is ... I'm actually out of vitamins!

Okay, so at this point, I'm starting to feel like I'm living in the Twilight Zone.  Why are all these weird things happening?  I thought this crazy computer stuff only occurred in 2000.  Remember the Y2K scare when everyone thought the world was coming to an end because all the computers were going to crash while transitioning to the 21st century.  That was really the last time I heard of any year-end, wacky, computer-related malfunctions.  I guess computers just have a mind of their own -- I can't wait to see what happens tomorrow!

Happy New Year & Greetings From Sunny California -- Almost!

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Jason Gracey
Re/Max Vintage - Cypress, TX
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Wow! What a day so far and how odd. Hope all gets straightened out and life continues at a more normal pace tomorrow. Happy New Year and best wishes for 2012!

Dec 27, 2011 06:31 AM #1
Carie Shapiro
North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate - Evanston, IL

Jason:  Very odd, indeed!  At least it all didn't occur yesterday -- weird stuff always seems to happen on Mondays :)  Happy 2012 to you too!

Dec 27, 2011 06:53 AM #2
Jim Patton
Aspire Home Real Estate 209-404-0816 - Modesto, CA
Realtor - Stanislaus ,Merced, San Joaquin Counties

No really, are you sure you are not moving to Los Angeles?   Hard to believe you had to go through 2 supervisors to get them to believe you.  Have a great rest of 2011 and a fantastic 2012 Carie.

Dec 27, 2011 01:29 PM #3
Carie Shapiro
North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate - Evanston, IL

Jim:  I know, right?  It just didn't compute as to how they could have made such an error :)  You have yourself a fabulous 2012 too, Jim -- and thanks for stopping by!

Dec 27, 2011 02:40 PM #4
Judy Jennings
Top Agent Plus - Middleboro, MA
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Carie - Haven't had any crazy things like that happen to me, but there are still a few days left before the end of the year. Although, I was just having a conversation about The Twilight Zone with a coworker. It appears there is an annual marathon of the show on New Year's Eve. Happy New Year!

Dec 28, 2011 03:37 AM #5
Carie Shapiro
North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate - Evanston, IL

Judy:  HA!  Yes ... still time for some year-end wackiness :)  Happy New Year to you, too!

Dec 28, 2011 04:17 AM #6
Suzanne McLaughlin
Sabinske & Associates, Inc. (Albertville, St. Michael) - Saint Michael, MN
Sabinske & Associates, Realtor

I hear you!  Google docs has taken over my computer, and I can't edit anything.  I have been working on this for two days!

Oct 09, 2012 05:53 AM #7
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