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The score: 0 morels, but a whole lot of other neatness.

jmdodd@gmail.com

Yup, that’s me. Been that way since forever. Or as my husband told our middlest-ish kid, “We’ve been around for awhile.” There’s some backstory about the why of that name and the early Internet, but that’s for another time.

So it has been my moniker since 2004. It has been mostly great, but there have been some hiccups.

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Today was one of those hiccups. I started getting email from Target.com about something I’d purchased… only I hadn’t. Target.com apparently doesn’t verify emails on account creation which, in case you hadn’t guessed, leads to problems. Target.com customer support (on the phone line listed for security issues, no less!) also happened to have no idea of how to handle this. The representative pretty much vapor locked when I called them to explain the situation and request that my email address be removed from the account. “We can’t do that because we can’t verify you for security purposes.” Massive facepalm.

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