I got an e-mail from Bank of America that my credit card had some strange charges on it. It seemed like my thief had used my card to purchase flowers and movies. It seemed easy enough to trace this back since this the card I only use for the purpose of monthly charges. This means only my Zumba Fitness membership and Itunes was on it. I thought this protected me. Silly me.
So I closed the card out, spoke to the flower companies, and Bank of America. It’s all fine, right? Wrong. Seems my lovely thief stole my identity. They went on Experian. Saw my credit rating and started applying for cards. So I am getting notification in the mail. Ugh. Now I have to figure this out.
I had to put a lock on my credit with Experian. There is no way to see what else they have applied for in my name. I have to wait for the mail each day and pray. It’s better than cancer so I’ll take it. It’s better than a sick child or worse, a death in the family. I will have a good attitude despite my dreams last evening. Yes, my sleep life always speaks to how I am feeling.
In the dream, I was in dance attire out in public and people kept touching me…my face, my back, my legs, my butt. I was politely requesting them to stop and retreating from them. They kept hounding me. I stayed polite. I guess politeness is the theme for this event. Keeping your peace while not feeling peaceful.
I was not peaceful on the phone with Zumba Fitness. I ended up in tears. They had processed my payment on the day of the credit card fraud. I explained my situation. The young woman on the phone said she could just cancel my ZIN membership. I have had this membership since July 2009. I took the training with Beto himself. I have held four trainings at my studio for Zumba with no payment. Zumba does not pay the host facilities. I did it because I love this organization. Well, this was not a good moment for our relationship. You see, I had paid my license fees through 3/21/2013. This would give me time to write a check and mail it to Florida and pay the rest of the year. They just needed to take my credit card off the account so that my lovely thief would not have a new credit card to use. No dice. No credit card, no membership. I started sobbing. She said she was sorry. I had to hang up. I could not get it back together.
So I went to my account. I added my flagged credit card I had given to Experian. I will be notified if someone uses it. I won’t be able to stop them, but that’s the best I can do for now. Sadly, this gives them more harm they can do if they want to. Worse, it made me question whether I need Zumba in my life. I do. I love it.
So I will call again today and speak with as many people at Zumba Fitness as I have to to get a right result. I will close out all my credit cards that I can. I will consider changing my name. I will be Pickles Cornicopia. No one wants that identity but me. I would love to hear people ask for Pickles when they call. I would enjoy the happy voices of children yelling “Miss Pickles, Miss Pickles”. I think pickles are funny, yummy, and crunchy. I like cornicopias because they present so many options. Like me…ballet, tap, jazz, modern, lyrical, musical theatre, hip hop, acrobatics, aerobics, and Zumba. It could work. Imagine how many salespeople would enjoy saying “Thank you Mrs. Cornicopia!” It could work out for the good of many.
No, I cannot change my name. God knows I have been enough names! I’ve been married three times for heaven’s sake. My former drama teacher still keeps calling me by the wrong last name! Ugh! It’s all okay. It’s time to get to work and face this problem. That which doesn’t kill us makes us stronger. You cannot have a testimony without a test. I cannot think of another good quote so I will add one more new name to the mix…Sugar Donut Cupcake. I know. You can use it. Feel free to tell your friends you’ve changed your name. Or leave me a message with your new name you’ve created. This doesn’t have to be sad or a violation. There is always a way to make life fun. Let’s find it together! Enjoy your day.