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"Begin at the beginning, and go on till you come to the end: then stop." -- The King of Hearts

I'm an adopted Texan. As they say, "I wasn't born in Texas, but I got here as fast as I could!" I post pictures and opinions as suits my mood, mostly because I can. Hooray Internet! 

So far I have three blogs here. By the Way is the oldest. I started it in 2003. I lost a couple of years to Vox because I was too lazy to bother to export when they shut down. I consider it an exercise in accepting impermanence. When I followed my husband to Singapore for his first expat assignment, I started (T)expatriate: A Southern Girl in Singapore. That covers 2010 and 2011, give or take. Next came Oslo, and (T)expat 2: Norwegian Boogaloo,  in 2012. Now I'm back home, and back on By the Way.

Pix live on Flickr. I toss links out on Twitter when I feel like it. I'm still not sure what to do with G+ but I kinda like it.


Canceling the American Xbox Idol

So you want to cancel your xbox live account. You can't do it online, of course. Turns out you have to call on the phone (800 4MY-XBOX, by the way). Okay, at least it's an 800 number. So I call this number, on speakerphone at work, expecting lots of hold time, and after following all the menus I get several moments of silence and then... some guy rapping. Badly. And rudely. Huh? "Hello? Is this Microsoft?" No response. Just more singing. I can hear the chatter of the call center in the background, so I figure I'm in some guys queue but something is screwed up and he doesn't know I'm there. Sure enough, someone else teases him about his singing and he goes off about how he should have been on American Idol. After sharing the fun with the rest of the office, I hang up and try again. And get the same thing!! So apparently they have something really messed up in their phone menus right now....

I finally tried a different menu tree and got to a person who was very nice and canceled my account right away, especially after I told her about the phone mixup. And just in case you're ever in this boat, if you're trying to cancel a TRIAL account, you can actually do that from your xbox console, as long as the automatic renewal date hasn't hit. I didn't know this because my xbox is not actually hooked up to the internet (yeah, I know, so why the xbox live account, long boring story) but once you've paid, you're stuck and you can only cancel by phone.

It did liven up the morning, though!

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