First off - the reward
And then fries at the food court.
The stiff drink? A Bacardi Tropical Orange Smoothie
On with the story
Jennie had a scathingly brilliant idea of doing a poll so I decided to go for it. I had seen what I had in mind at Let's Gab so I went to Brave Net. Of course in order to get the poll I had to become a member. This is where the first of my 'problems' arose. After I joined, they sent me a temporary password by e-mail. Now when I went to get my temporary password, I had that message that I get every so often wanting me to give my e-mail password. It's so automatic, I just entered. Oops - it came up incorrect password. Sometimes I enter it so quickly, I miss a letter or something so I did it again. Same incorrect password message. This really puzzled me since I knew I hadn't changed it so I tried again v e r y s l o w l y. Same damn message. So then I went to the screen you go to if you forget. It wanted my customer ID. I had no idea what that was so then I went further on how to get my customer ID. They wanted my Account Number. Hmm - where do I find that? So I looked up an older bill, looked it up and entered it. Incorrect number it said. One of the things I've done lately is put all the bills under my name so I figured it meant a new account number. Sweat began to form. This meant another call to- - - - Cable Guy. Yes - Cable Guy and I had another conversation.
Cable Guy: Yes, this is "Bob". May I help you?
Me: (right off starting to giggle wondering how I would mess up this time) Yes this is Kristie. I seem to be having problems signing into my internet. It's saying the password is wrong but I know I didn't change it.
Cable Guy: Well, if you tell me your name, I'll look up your account and see what we can do.
Now at this point I should mention that Kristie is not my name. Well - it is, but 'officially' it isn't. I have a completely different first name and my second name is actually Kristine. But for some reason - my parents decided to go with Kristie when I was a wee lass rather than either my first name or Kristine. So when Cable Guy asked for my name, I was stumped as to what name to give him.
Cable Guy: I don't seem to have anyone listed under that name.
Me: Well it might be under my first name Debra
Cable Guy: OK, there it is. But you are Kristie aren't you?
I had to explain that yes I am, but I'm also Debra
Cable Guy: All right. If you give me your password, I'll see if I can get in.
I gave him my password
Cable Guy: It seems to be working fine for me M'am.
At this point I happened to look at the keyboard and I noticed this little green light next to num lock was lit up. Yes, you all know what that means! I had been trying to log on with caps.
Me: Let me try and see if I can do it (feigning ignorance). Hmmm. It worked!
Then I decided to 'fess up.
Me: I think I know what my problem was. I had the caps on.
Cable Guy: (laughing) Well, that will make a difference. So, your problem is resolved then?
Me: Yes. When you write up your report on this one, you can just say "user incompetance"
*sigh* I think I'm fast becoming a legend among all the Cable Guys"
So - I got my temporary password and went back to Brave Net to sign in. I fumbled around in there for a while and figured out where to get the HMTL code and pasted into my test blog. With great anticipation, I hit publish and low and behold - there was a Web Poll. Only thing was, it was a poll on rating my blog. Well - that struck me as being somewhat narcassistic and it wasn't what I wanted. So back to Brave Net I went trying to figure out how the heck I could get what I wanted. I'll give the short version here. I figured it out - finally and then reposted it into the test blog. AHA!! Success!! It was what I wanted. Now - to 'go live' so to speak on my regular blog. It was at this time that Blogger must have been having 'issues' because I kept timing out. I tried it 4 times but I kept getting the same error message.
I was soooo close! But I would not be deterred. I had a very late morning coffee, waited for a while and tried it again.
That's why I needed a reward, lunch and a stiff drink!
And thus - we have our poll!