Taking A Tumble At The Right Place
Wednesday - September 28, 2005
APPLAUSE and thanks to Carolyn at the local Social Security office. She restored my faith in the existence of a caring and efficient human being in this age of bureaucracy and taped menus that are not customer friendly.
As a new retiree, it has been a challenge working on forms and completing necessary applications. Most recently I managed a maze of questions as I applied online for Social Security. Every choice offered me more choices ... then, at the critical moment, the computer froze and I lost it all! Paranoid over all of this data floating in cyberspace, I called Social Security Administration. Many buttons and menus later, I got a human being and was assured that the information was complete.
Days later, I received two separate letters asking for information I had already given. Locally, Carolyn called and directed me to ignore the letters. She gave me clear directions and was very pleasant. Yesterday, I shared with the attending clerk that Carolyn was wonderful and the clerk responded with a broad smile, “Yes, she is!”
Claims administrator Carolyn Shacter says your application was very routine with no complications. “She was very easy to work with ... a very sweet lady. I’m so thankful that she decided to write in. I really appreciate it.”
Aloha is alive and well in Kailua! I was walking from my car in a parking stall near Oahu Dive Center to the post office when I stumbled over a concrete barrier in front of an adjoining parking stall. I went flying! Immediately Randy from the Oahu Dive Center and another young man came to see how I was. They helped me to my feet. One knee and hand were scraped and bleeding. Randy gave me much-needed first aid. I want to say mahalo for being such Good Samaritans.
Talk about being in the right place at the right time. Oahu Dive salesperson Randy Bougie had just completed his CPR/First Aid training. “I saw her on the ground and she was bleeding. One of our distributors and I helped her to the picnic table so I could clean up her wounds. After a while she felt well enough to get up and hurry off. She said she had a dental appointment. ”
Overdue APPLAUSE goes to a stranger who found my wallet in a shopping cart at the Kapolei Safeway and promptly turned it in to Customer Service. My “life” is in that wallet, and I was leaving for a trip just days later.
This incident may have been a blessing in disguise, perhaps a hint for you to redistribute your “life” into several different articles. Especially when traveling, it’s important to make duplicates of important documents and cards, and place them in theft-proof bags, belts or neck pouches.
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