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Friday, June 13th, 2014

Small-Claims Court Experience, Part 3

They paid!  I don’t have to take them to small-claims court!!  YAYYY!!!

I received the check on the 12th.  It was post-dated the 11th.  The check was dated the 5th.  Why the delay?

Did they write the check, then just leave it laying on the desk for 6 days?  Was the check laying there on their desk and they noticed it 6 days later and said, “Hum. I guess we should pay Hawk. We’re already over the deadline.”  Did they have to move money around so that the check wouldn’t bounce?  Were they just trying to cause me trouble?

I don’t know the answers to these questions.  I may never know.  But at least I got my security deposit back.

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

Small-Claims Court Experience, Part 2

Turns out, it’s easy to file in small-claims court.  It’s much easier than I thought it’d be.  Just see this site:

https://www.lawhelpinteractive.org/

They have a walk-through which took me step-by-step through the whole thing, then generates a legal document that you can just print out.  That was the easy part.  The hard part is getting the defendant served.  From the instructions:

Giving Notice of Your Claim to the Defendant

You must give notice of your claim to the defendant. The procedure for giving notice to the defendant is called service of process. If service of process is completed correctly, and the defendant doesn’t answer your claim, the judge can give you a default judgment. The judge cannot give you a default judgment if service of process is not completed correctly. If there is more than one defendant, you must serve process on each defendant. If the defendants are husband and wife, you must serve process on each spouse.

Service of process should be completed within 30 days after you file your claim. In most counties, if you do not complete service of process within 30 days, your claim will be dismissed. If your claim is dismissed for lack of service, you can reopen your case by re-filing your claim. If you reopen your case within six months after you first filed your claim, you won’t have to pay another filing fee.

There are two basic ways to serve process: certified mail and personal delivery by a non-party. Service of process is complete when the court clerk receives a certified mail return receipt signed by the defendant, or an Idaho Sheriff’s Return of Service or an Affidavit of Service stating when and how the defendant was served.

a. Certified Mail

You can ask the court clerk to serve process on the defendant by certified mail. The court clerk will charge you a fee. The court clerk will mail the papers to the defendant, return receipt requested. If the court clerk does not receive a return receipt signed by the defendant, you will have to try a different way to serve process. Service of process by certified mail costs less than the other methods to serve process, but is often not completed because the defendant did not sign the return receipt.

b. Sheriff’s Office

In most counties, you can ask the sheriff’s office to serve process on the defendant. (Some counties have a marshal’s office that will serve process in small claims cases.) You will have to pay a fee, and you will have to provide information on where the defendant can be found. The sheriff’s office will not investigate to find the defendant for you.

In some counties, the court clerk will collect the fee for the sheriff, and give the papers to the sheriff’s office that are to be served on the defendant. In other counties, the court clerk will give you the papers, and you will have to take the papers to the sheriff’s office.

The sheriff’s office will prepare a “Sheriff’s Return of Service,” stating when and how the defendant was served, or that the sheriff was not able to deliver the papers. Some sheriff’s offices will file the return with the court clerk, others will give you the return to file with the court clerk.

c. Private Process Server

You can ask a private process server to serve process on the defendant. You can find them in the phone book. You will have to pay a fee, and you will have to provide information on where the defendant can be found. If you don’t know where the defendant can be found, some process servers offer investigative services. The process server will charge more to find the defendant for you.

The court clerk will give you the papers to be served on the defendant, and you will have to take them to the process server. Once the process server has delivered the papers to the defendant, the process server will prepare an “Affidavit of Service” stating when and how the defendant was served. If the process server was not able to deliver the papers, the affidavit will say so.

Some process servers will file the affidavit with the court clerk, some will give it to you to file. Service of process is not complete until the affidavit, stating when and how the defendant was served, is filed with the court clerk.

d. Any Person Not a Party and Over 18

You can ask any person who is at least 18 years old and not a party to your case to serve process on the defendant. You can get an Affidavit of Service from the court clerk. The server will complete the Affidavit after serving the defendant. You will have to file the completed Affidavit of Service with the court clerk.

Does anyone have any advice on which method is the best?

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Small-Claims Court Experience?

Dear Internet,

Do you have experience taking a realtor to small claims court?  I need to do this to get my deposit back on my previous rental house.  If you can help in any way, please email me at jedihawk at yahoo.com.

Thanks in advance.

Sunday, June 8th, 2014

Hawk’s Shirt of the Week 2014-06-08

Have [Portal Gun] Will Travel

Have [Portal Gun]
Will Travel

I like the puzzle game Portal, so I thought I’d get this shirt because it’s kind of a play on the movie “Have Gun — Will Travel“.

I also have it in white:

Have [Portal Gun] Will Travel

Have [Portal Gun]
Will Travel

Got it from Thinkgeek.  If it’s still available, it’d be here:  http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/139c/

Sunday, June 1st, 2014

Hawk’s Shirt of the Week 2014-06-01

I work well with others as long as they leave me alone.

I work well with others as long as they leave me alone.

True, I do work well with others as long as they leave me alone… but that usually doesn’t happen.  Oh well.

I saw this in a catalog somewhere and had to get it.

Sunday, May 25th, 2014

Hawk’s Shirt of the Week 2014-05-25

Batman Spotlight

I’m a fan of Batman.  Always have been.  I like how he’s considered a “super” hero, but he has no “super” powers.  He has just trained himself to ridiculous levels of competency in martial arts, combat, investigation…  and has really cool toys.

This shirt is made by some kind of special “dye sublimation process”.  Check out the sticker:

Dye sublimated print. Each tee is unique!

Dye sublimated print. Each tee is unique!
The dye sublimation printing process creates slight imperfections that are unique to and a part of each garment.

Got it from Thinkgeek.  If it’s still available, it’d be here: http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/19e1/

Sunday, May 18th, 2014

Hawk’s Shirt of the Week 2014-05-18

Any fool can use a computer. Many do.

Any fool can use a computer. Many do.

True.  No offence intended, but this is true.

Got this from Thinkgeek.  If it’s still available, it’d be here: www.thinkgeek.com/product/12d7/

Sunday, May 11th, 2014

Hawk’s Shirt of the Week 2014-05-11

I solemnly swear that I am up to no good.

I solemnly swear that I am up to no good.

How to activate the Marauder’s Map.

Get this shirt from Thinkgeek here: http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/15ae/

On the back:

Mischief Managed

Mischief Managed

Sunday, May 4th, 2014

Hawk’s Shirt of the Week 2014-05-04

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex

I’m a fan of Ghost in the Shell.  Recently, they made a new series called Stand Alone Complex which takes place earlier in the timeline.

“The Major” is the primary character.  She’s on the back:

"The Major", Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex

“The Major”, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex

Sunday, April 27th, 2014

Hawk’s Shirt of the Week 2014-04-27

HOW ABOUT A NICE GAME OF CHESS?

HOW ABOUT A NICE GAME OF CHESS?

Don’t recognize the quote?  Watch War Games.  It’s a good movie, even today.  In the movie, the method Matthew Broderick uses to discover computer systems which are online became known as “War Dialing”, after this movie (back when a modem was the only way).

I originally got this shirt from ThinkGeek, but they don’t carry it any more.

Sunday, April 20th, 2014

Hawk’s Shirt of the Week 2014-04-20

11 Cheers for Binary!

11 Cheers for Binary!

After the awesome “binary people” shirt became popular, people tried to get clever with other binary sayings, like this one.  Although not as clever as the first one, still clever enough for me to buy it.

Yayyy!  11 Cheers for Binary!  (that means 3 cheers for binary)

Sunday, April 13th, 2014

Hawk’s Shirt of the Week 2014-04-13

VGHS 2013 FPS Playoffs: King of the Hill

VGHS 2013 FPS Playoffs: King of the Hill

I was a part of the Kickstarter campaign for VGHS Season 2 (I missed Season 1).  At my level, one of the goodies I got is this shirt!

Sunday, April 6th, 2014

Hawk’s Shirt of the Week 2014-04-06

NSFW: Not Safe For Work

NSFW: Not Safe For Work

True.  I am not safe for work.  Co-workers, be warned and advised.  Hawk is SNFW.

Originally got it from Thinkgeek, but they don’t have it any more.

Sunday, March 30th, 2014

Hawk’s Shirt of the Week 2014-03-30

There's no place like 127.0.0.1

There’s no place like 127.0.0.1

I think this is pretty funny, especially if you know what localhost is.

Right before my geek-cave, I have a mat with the same thing:

There's no place like 127.0.0.1

There’s no place like 127.0.0.1

Yup.  That’s how geeky I am.

Both from Thinkgeek.  Get the shirt here:

http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/5d6a/

Get the mat here:

http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/6806/

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

Simple Mobile doesn’t want my business

I make jokes with my friends all the time about how businesses don’t want my money.  When I go into a store and they don’t have what I want, I say to my friend, “They obviously don’t want my money.”

And my friends nods and replies, “They clearly don’t want your money.”  This happens a lot.

With Simple Mobile, they clearly don’t want my money.  Why?  Because they turned off my cell service.

“No problem,” I say to myself, “I’ll just ‘re-up’.”  So I call their customer service line (the only number that works on my phone).  I get an automated system which asks for info that I don’t have, such as my “Simple Mobile PIN.”  I’ve never had one, nor set one.  So I hang up and try to get a human on the line, but that doesn’t work either.  It seems like they don’t want my money.

“No problem,” I again say to myself, “I’ll just ‘re-up’ online.”  So I go to the Simple Mobile website and try to log in.  “We don’t know you, man.” they reply.

“Say what?” I ask myself.  I try two different usernames, including my email address, but nothing doing.  So I say to myself, “Self, you’ll have to re-set your password.”  So I click the re-set password link and enter my email address.

“Sorry Hawk, we don’t know you, man.” the website replies.

“Say what now?” I ask myself.  My username doesn’t work, and my email address doesn’t work?  Then I see a link to use my phone number.  “Hey now, that should work!” I say to myself.

So I click the link, enter my phone number, and the website responds, “We don’t know you.  Man.”

To summarize:

  • My username doesn’t work on the Simple Mobile website.
  • My email address doesn’t work on the Simple Mobile website.
  • And my phone number doesn’t work on the Simple Mobile website!

I say to myself, “Self, it’s clear Simple Mobile doesn’t want your money.”  And I wholeheartedly agree.

Boost Mobile logoThe next day I walk down to my local phone guy.  This guy, David, has helped me out with DSL service at home, as well as cell service.  I explain how Simple Mobile doesn’t want my money and he sets me with up with a new service, new phone, and life is once again wonderful.  I got a Samsung Galaxy S III (which is a wonderful device) and a service with Boost Mobile with unlimited everything for $35 / month.  That’s a promotion price, but no contract (yay!).  After my experience with AT&T and their contracts, I’ll never go on another cell-service contract again.  After 6 months, it goes up to $50 / month.  For unlimited everything, including 4G LTE service, that’s still a good price.

So it seems Simple Mobile doesn’t want my money, and Boost Mobile does.  Boost Mobile wins and gets my money.

UPDATE: Simple Mobile still had my account in the auto-billing system because they auto-charged my card $41.68 yesterday.  Now I’ll have to call ’em up and try to get a refund.  Such a hassle.

My new Samsung Galaxy S III with Boost Mobile

My new Samsung Galaxy S III with Boost Mobile

Sunday, March 23rd, 2014

Hawk’s Shirt of the Week 2014-03-23

Never tell me the odds.

Never tell me the odds.

Immortal words by Han Solo, right before he actually goes into an asteroid field (on purpose).

I love Star Wars.  By the way, Han Solo is the greatest hero/scoundrel of all time.  Not only does he help save the galaxy, dodge Jabba and his goons, flip off the evil Empire… but he gets the princess!

I got this from Thinkgeek.  If it’s still available, it’d be here:

http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/177c/

 

Sunday, March 16th, 2014

Hawk’s Shirt of the Week 2014-03-16

Dragon head, fire breathing

I like dragons, and this fire-breathing dragon head is huge, awesome, and beautiful.  I got it out of some catalog somewhere.

You may have noticed that I’m no longer doing “Shirts of the Day”.  After about 186 shirts posted daily, I’ve almost run out.  Note that I’ve not run out of shirts because I have many more that I’m unwilling to post online (for various reasons).  So now I’m doing “Shirts of the Week”.  Posting one per week means I’ll probably never run out.

Saturday, March 15th, 2014

Hawk’s Shirt of the Day 2014-03-15

Isn't Rise & Shine an Oxymoron?

Isn’t Rise & Shine an Oxymoron?

Answer: YES.  There is rising, but there is certainly no shining to go along with it.

I don’t even remember where I got this; some catalog somewhere sometime.

Friday, March 14th, 2014

Hawk’s Shirt of the Day 2014-03-14

hacker.

hacker.

Nice and simple.

Note that I’m using definitions 1 through 7 of ‘hacker‘.  Look it up in the Hacker’s Jargon Dictionary.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jargon_File

This is an old Thinkgeek shirt which is no longer available.

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

Hawk’s Shirt of the Day 2014-03-13

Futurist

Futurist

Yes, sometimes I label myself.  I got this from Quirky, where people can submit their ideas and get support and then Quirky will build it.  It’s a cool idea.

Unfortunately, I can’t find the shirt on their site.

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