20 Years Ago

20 years ago I moved from the temporary haven I was staying in Brooklyn, NY to Kent, WA. (Pause for another one of many heartfelt “thank you”s to Ethan and Leigh for taking me in when my life was in turmoil.) Just me, my cats, and two suitcases of clothes made the journey cross country, shedding an old, horrible life for one of absolute uncertainty. (A truck of books and a little furniture came a few weeks later. Yes, of course I had books, it’s me after all.)
It was the best choice I’d ever made.
I left pain behind and spent a glorious summer by the pool, basking in the sun and slowly putting my head back together. I had no job, but because of a friend, I also had no rent (another heartfelt thank you to MIKE for this). My savings were sufficient for groceries and the odd movie. all I had to do was decide what I wanted to do with my life.

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My computer is being held hostage

Check your computer’s security. Are your firewalls and anti-virus programs up to date? This is coming from a sad, sad place. You see, I am infected with the cryptowall virus. (Go ahead and google it. Yeah, it’s bad.)

All of my data files have been RSA encrypted and the original files deleted. They are being ‘held’ for ransom. It’s going to be a very long weekend of attempting to restore my data, and I know already that it won’t be perfect.

At the least I will lose a month’s worth of email.

So, make sure you are safe when you play on the internet.