Saturday, July 28, 2012

As if Being 19 Were Not Enough

We took Bigger Girl to the school to register her for college.

Another student there is already using her Social Security Number.

It's going to be a mess straightening this out, and nothing moves on weekends and we are antsy about it.

Also, my email was hacked, or something.  At least, one of my addresses was.  So i also had to work to get in there, and finally did, and have forwarded all my important emails from there to another address.

So our Monday is cut out for us, getting her to the Social Security Office to replace her card (it was accidentally shredded a few years ago when i switched filing cabinets and we keep meaning to get over there and replace it and now we have no way to put it off any longer), then back to the college to prove she is who she is so they can contact the other student and get his/her number corrected.

If it turns out this person has stolen her identity, that it isn't just a key in error as we suspect, then we will find out of the ID Theft Protection from ID Experts that is sold by is as good as Dave Ramsey says.  Supposedly, once we figure out it really is theft, and we file a police report, they will handle straightening out the whole rest of the mess.

And if it turns out that the Social Security Administration has screwed up and given this number to more than one person, which has happened before, then it's going to be a whole different level of fun, including getting her a new number and going back and changing it all with everyone from her employer to the IRS to her ESA to everything.

As if being 19 wasn't difficult enough already.

Today is

Antique and Classic Boat Rendevous -- Mystic Seaport, Mystic, CT, US (pre-1963 power and sailing yachts, river parade, and Rum Runners Rendezvous celebration; through tomorrow)

Day of Commemoration of the Great Upheaval a/k/a Expulsion of the Acadians Day -- Canada

Festival of Hedjihotep -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (goddess of weaving; date approximate)

Geneva Arts Fair -- Geneva, IL, US (through tomorrow)

Imp-Handling Conference -- Fairy Calendar

Independence Day -- Peru(1821)

Iowa Storytelling Festival -- City Park, Clear Lake, IA, US (through tomorrow, including a story exchange for novice tellers)

Liberation Day / Anniversary of the Fall of Fascism -- San Marino

Nagasaki Peiron Senshuken -- Nagasaki, Japan (two day dragon boat racing festival begun in the 17th century)

National Dance Day -- go out and bust a move on a Saturday night (but don't bust you, please)

National Day of the Cowboy -- US; celebrating the heritage, and those who still work as cowboys/cowgirls today

National Milk Chocolate Day

Olavsoka Eve and the Olai Festival -- Faroe Islands (St. Olav's Eve, the night before the opening of Parliament and the festival of St. Olav; through tomorrow)

"Paddle for Perthes" Disease Awareness Day -- to promote awareness of the children's condition called Legg-Calve-Perthes disease

Soma-Nomaoi -- Haramachi City, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan (wild horse chase which recreates a battle from over 1,000 years ago; through Monday)

St. Arduinus of Trepino's Day (Patron of Trepino, Italy)

Sumidagawa River Fireworks Festival -- Tokyo, Japan (one of Japan's largest fireworks festivals)

Terry Fox Day -- born in Winnipeg on this date in 1958, he raised $24 million for cancer research by running over 3,000 miles on an artificial leg before his death in 1981 at age 23

Tisha B'Av -- Judaism (begins at sundown, through tomorrow; fast in remembrance of the destruction of the First Temple in 586BCE and the Second Temple in 79AD)

World Hepatitis Day -- International

Anniversaries Today

Henry VIII marries Catherine Howard, 1540
The first Singing Telegram is delivered, 1933

Birthdays Today

Hugo Chavez, 1954
Sally Struthers, 1948
Jim Davis, 1945
Rick Wright, 1945
Bill Bradley, 1943
Phil Proctor, 1040
Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis, 1929
Earl Tupper, 1907
Rudy Vallee, 1901
Joe E. Brown, 1892
Beatrix Potter, 1866

Today in History

Thomas Cromwell is executed at the order of Henry VIII of England on charges of treason, 1540
Bermuda is first settled by Europeans, survivors of the English ship Sea Venture en route to Virginia, 1609
Maximilien Robespierre is executed by guillotine in Paris during the French Revolution, 1794
Welsh settlers arrive at Chubut in Argentina, 1865
The 14th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, guaranteeing due process and establishing citizenship for African Americans is certified, 1868
First flight of the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, 1935
The Metropolitan Police Flying Squad foils a bullion robbery in the "Battle of London Airport", 1948
The Tangshan earthquake measuring between 7.8 and 8.2 moment magnitude flattens Tangshan, the People's Republic of China, killing 242,769 and injuring 164,851, 1976
Andorra joins the United Nations, 1993
Australian Ian Thorpe becomes the first swimmer to win six gold medals at a single World Championships, 2001
The Provisional Irish Republican Army calls an end to its thirty year long armed campaign in Northern Ireland, 2005


  1. What a mess. I've never heard of Social Security giving out the same number to more than one person, but I believe you. I hope you can get this straightened out with a minimum of trouble.


  2. Thanks, Stephen, we hope so, too.

    And yes, there was one case of three men who had the same name, a very common name like William Smith or some such, and when one went to buy a house, uncovered that the same number had been given 3 men by the same name. It took the IRS years to unscramble tax returns, and the SSA years more to figure out who got what benefits based on earnings.


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