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23' mini-trawler
by Schucker

Janice aboard Seaweed,
living the good life afloat...

Trawler life on a nickel budget is possible.
I'm doing it and you can too.

Janice Marois, nautical journalist.
Accredited member of Boat Writers International.

Here, I share my views on living aboard a small boat with very limited resources. Hopefully my successes will help others achieve the life. And yes, I'll share the things I did wrong too -- though not everything 'cause a girl's got to have her secrets!

Thank you to those who commented on the last article. Interaction is the lifeblood of a writer. I appreciate it so much when folks comment.

Date: 29 July 2020. Credit Card Compromised.

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I use a credit card to pay my bills each month. Back in February my credit card was compromised. Charges that were not my own appeared on the bill. My Baby works in the fraud prevention department of a financial institution. She advised me to set up phone alerts on my accounts. This is a free service, though your company may differ so do verify that if you chose to go by my route.
 

Baby, and the Newest edition:

 

Now when I make a charge within seconds I receive a text notification of both the amount and merchant. Each time I spend money, I know immediately. On Sunday this "saved my bacon" when I saw these two texts:
 

NFCU: Transaction for $6.00 was approved on credit card 8235 at Newsstand at 01:14 PM EDT on 07/26/20. Txt STOP to opt-out.
 
NFCU: Transaction for $5.00 was approved on credit card 8235 at Newsstand at 01:14 PM EDT on 07/26/20. Txt STOP to opt-out.


Neither of these charges were mine. I was at home and certainly did not spend $6 or $5 at a Newsstand. Still to someone not careful and innocuous charge of $5 or $6 to a newsstand might seem to be valid by the time the bill arrived.
 

The text notification allowed me to immediately contact the credit union. Both charges were stopped. A new card has been issued. I am due to receive it this week.
 

Still, it is disconcerting to have no way to pay for things at present. I'll remedy that soon.
 


Lesson Learned:
Getting text notifications for my credit card account was wise. Most banks provide the messages at no charge.

Side Note: I also receive a daily balance text for my checking and savings account.

 

For those who wonder, I do realize I would not have been financially responsible for the two charges against my credit card as they were not mine. Even so, being able to in some small way stop the bad guys does feel pretty terrific.
 

So, that's it from the boat yard. I'll be receiving a new credit card in the mail later this week. Be safe and secure out there.


I'll be back to boating with the next article. Thank you for reading.

 

 

 
Comments welcome and encouraged on the
Credit Card Compromised page.

Categories: Money, Security, Vignettes,

 

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Coming soon ...

 


Topics of Interest:
You can achieve a simple satisfying life




Oh, a wondrous bird is the pelican!
His bill holds more than his belican.
He can take in his beak enough food for a week.
But I'm darned if I know how the helican.
(Poem by Dixon Lanier Merritt, 1879-1972.)


Aphorisms

For years I've been collecting short pithy statements otherwise known as aphorisms. If you're like me and enjoy the weird, go ahead and CLICK!

These are previously posted at the bottom of each article -- for new, you'll have to come visit again.




Seaweed is in St. Pete right now.
 

The above chart (#411) can be a wish book of sorts as you look over your domain and wonder where to go next. And yes, I do have the originals (sans red arrow) as jpeg's for download should you desire your own for closer perusal. Enjoy!


The Writer's Block

It's my belief that other folks who boat are some of the most interesting in the world. Inside every boater is a story. Let yours out! I'd love to post short stories, vignettes, or even longer articles that focus on some aspect of our life on or near the water. Suggested topics include:

1. I Remember When...
2. My First Boat
3. Who inspired you to be a boater?
4. Fishing Trips or Tricks
5. Or another subject of your choosing

For the novice, here's how to write: Simply pretend you're sending a letter to a friend. Tell about an event or a memory from years ago that you still recall.

Life has changed so much on the water since I was born aboard. Personally I'd love to hear your memories of life when you were younger. Boats were smaller, narrower, and much slower. Kids were kids and our families often shaped the adult we have become. Here are my two aboard the tow boat my dad ran for a time:
 


Your pictures would be wonderful too. I posted one of Boot Key Harbor taken in 2001 that has gotten quite a few downloads and really, that's not so terribly long ago... Do you have any photos to share? Email me.
 


Do you want to help out?
 

Often an article for the website will be completely written yet lack photographs. I like pictures and am looking for some for up-coming pieces:

  • Pets afloat (include pet and boat name please)

  • Any picture of boats underway or at anchor

  • Photos of people enjoying life in or on the water

Size: a minimum of 1000 pixels across please. If that doesn't make sense think bigger versus resized for emailing. I prefer the full-size version. Also, the name you'd like me to use when I add the copyright stuff to your picture. And thanks bunches!

My email address is janice@janice142.com


23' Schucker mini-trawler, circa 1983.

Thanks for visiting. If you happen to see my boat along the
waterways, give a call on Channel 16. I'm always listening.


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My home is not fancy by any means, however you cannot imagine how wonderful it is to come back to her after an expedition on shore.

If I can live this life, why not you too?


Skipper, First Mate
extraordinaire

Aphorism Alert: Begin doing what you want to now. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand, and melting like a snowflake. Marie Beyon Ray.

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