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Joan Knows: Bad luck comes in bunches

Bad luck!

Have I offended one of you? A voodoo curse? Broken mirror? (At this rate, it must have been a plate-glass window!)

It all started when my PC made “knock knock” but no “who’s there,” and it was no joke. Finally there was no knocking at all.

I might have found the card from Mike at Speedy Computer Repair right away, but my glasses are broken.

According to the still-intact magnifying glass, which I had tossed at Mister Z, the number is 630-232-7190.

Mike came right over and appears to be doing crisis care on ye olde desktop, but it doesn’t look good. He still awaits a new part (I told him his hair looks fine parted in the middle!)

Mike’s loaner PC has a certain charm, but as soon as I turn Doc Heffner’s eye prescription into some Harry Caray glasses, I’ll see all the better.

Then there were the SEVEN different phone calls to and from RTA: to schedule service; to hear service not available; to report unavailable service just sent a ride; to hear that they are sorry; and three more calls to learn that service is, after all, available and another number to call.

The last number led to Jill at St. Charles City Hall, who – in a super way – got my ducks in a row.

Then there was the go-around trying to buy a T-shirt online for a friend’s September birthday and family reunion. Perhaps you have seen the ad: “St. Charles, Illinois ... It’s where my story begins.”

Let me combine the T-shirt headache with my granddaughter’s back-to-school selections from Romwe.

In both cases, the “contact me” was a wild goose chase. (Just as I finally got my ducks in a row!) Neither seemed to have actual “customer service.” Hello?

Now I’d like to line up the Cubbie broadcasts. Depended on the TV station’s ad so I could keep watching “Blue Bloods.” Missed a whole game.

If you are sympathetic to my frustrations and want to send me a T-shirt, I already have the “Born Loser” one and the “Go Badgers” one in which to be buried.

Four-leaf clover?

Joan Arteberry is a longtime resident of St. Charles. Her columns are featured in the Kane County Chronicle’s Neighbors section every other week. Write to her at

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