Sorry about the lack of posts last week and no, we have not stopped doing the weekly questions. Its just been a crazy 2 weeks.
Last week I took my family 12,500 feet above sea level and stayed in a ranch about half way up Copper Mountain in Colorado. I never intended to Ski (bad experiences), I thought I would just watch and take pics of my 4 year old in Ski School.
At the last minute on the first day I decided I was going to try to snow board.
I have taken surfing lessons, wake boarded, and grew up skateboarding so I thought maybe snowboarding would be a better fit.
It was… I felt way more natural on a snowboard. The only thing a little hard to get used to was putting a lot of my weight on my front foot.
By the end of the day (6 hours of private lessons) I was turning pretty good, doing heel side to toe side, and even learned some freestyle stuff like manuals and ollie (which came easy from my skate board past) Felt great.
Now the next day my ass hurt like I had been raped by a rhino. But I *thought* I was ok otherwise. Outside our window was the sawmill ski lift and I was watching snowboarders and thought I would suit up and get after it.
Going heelside or toeside was unbearable. My muscles were gone.
Fast forward 4 days later I think I had some altitude sickness or something. I just felt like complete crap. No energy to do anything, banging headache, and exhausted.
While in the mountains I discovered Godaddy disabled one of my domains with no warning. Then held it hostage. Sucked cause I was running a lot of ppc through it so it cost me probably 5k-10k. But I always believe adversity is opportunity and this showed me that I really can’t afford to continue to use Godaddy as my registrar.
I am currently moving my entire portfolio to Moniker.
Got home late last Friday night. Long day of traveling. Especially with our kid.
Losing $1400 + credit cards + id then getting it back
Saturday morning was my mother-in-laws birthday so we were traveling about 80 miles to spend the day with her. Half way there our kids had to goto the bathroom so we pulled into a Subway. While inside my wife wanted to get some snacks for the kids so I handed her my money clip while I took the kids to the bathroom then back out to the car.
Once we got to Omaha, my wife realized she did not have my money clip. We searched the car for about 30 minutes… then drove back 60 miles to the Subway shop. My wife went inside and talked to the employees and even called the manager to see if they could pull the security tape. The manager said she would first thing Monday.
I had about 1400 in cash (I was going to vegas on Tuesday (tomorrow)), my amex black card, and my id in that money clip.
I wasn’t so concerned about the cash but since I was leaving in 2 days for Vegas this was really going to suck. I would have to get my drivers licensee and figure out how to get a new amex by the time I went to vegas cause I booked everything through the centurion finer resorts and hotels and needed the card at checkin.
Getting the amex overnighted to my hotel was not a big deal.
Just after I had everything canceled I got several phone calls from a lady who said she wanted to return my money clip. She said a friend of a friend found it in the parking lot but they lived far away so gave it to her to return. The story was really strange but whatever I was really happy.
I ended up meeting up with another party who didn’t know much about the person who found it. I offered him a cash reward but he refused to take money.
On the way home I stopped at a gas station to fill up and pick up some sodas. They were taking donations to the march of dimes and giving away free 20oz pops to anyone who donated $5. Now I was in a really giving mood cause I just had my money returned so I donated $500. They about shit and handed me a stack of those foot things to fill out. I told them no worries.
When I got home I called the police to tell them that the money clip had been returned to me. The police were very suspicious and asked me a lot of questions. They said they were not dropping the case.
To be honest I don’t really care if it was stolen. In the end it was returned. I was a kid once and did really really really dumb things but was very lucky that even when I did get busted people understood and let me off easy.
What a week.
31 thoughts on “What a crazy week.”
Man, what a week is right, you did all that and I watched the Oscars….at least you got “some” of your life back…….
Ha. That’s kinda funny that the cops didn’t want to drop the case. I wonder what they were actually doing to investigate? I’m picturing a bunch of Barney Fief’s questioning some 17 year old subway employee in a dark room.
So – on the GoDaddy front \, I agree, 3rd parties that have that power can hurt any business owner – and (in your case) themselves as well.
But, disabled and held hostage… was it past the expiration – or was it contested?
such a bad week jerry!
I’ve got all my domains with GoDaddy and they’ve have are good about sending me renewal notificatons. I’m curious to know if you just hadn’t noticed the domain was coming up for renewal or if it was something else and GD screwed something up?
A few years back my uncle had bought me a snow board lesson and I went up a little bunnyhill with like 10 other people. Everyone was nervous about being the first to go down the little hill like we were instructed. Then one brave girl stood up and was like ‘you guys are scared of nothing’. She went about 2 feet, fell over and broke her leg. Needless to say the rest of us opted to walk down the bunny hill. It was like 2 years later I actually learned how to snow board.
Get all domains away from godaddy. If you posted all your godaddy domains I could with a few abuse complaints have all your domains taken away and cost is abot $200 each, if not more. Switch to where shoe is or namecheap.
Heck even godaddys page shows they follow their own rules.
I ask anyone who has not yet read the domain purchasing terms of service from godaddy to do so, you will read how they say and do what they want. Hust because you paid for a domain does not mean you own it as long as its at godaddy.
Glad to hear you went snowboarding… sorry to hear about the problems later but sounds like you had a good day on the slopes. 6 hours of lessons was probably not cheap but it’s a good investment. I never took snowboarding lessons and ended up breaking my hand the first day!
That is so action filled crazy week. Man, your life is happening.
Not the smartest thing to go ahead with $1400 to buy some snacks..
Lesson learned 🙂
I moved some of my domains from Godaddy in Jan. Strange thing, though the addresses did not change, every one that pointed to a GoDaddy server did not work any more after the xfer. Lucky they were not my best domains. I moved them all to a non-Godaddy server and changed the pointers.
I simpathize about moving the domains, its an excruciating process.
Ok, You win for the worst week travel with a family. I think you should bet heavy in Vegas as your due. Have a great week
My heart goes out to you. But hey, at least now you’ve got a great story out of it. 🙂
Crazy crazy week.
was there any particular reason that GoDaddy disabled the domain. Was it infringing on a trademark or something like that?
Wow, that sounds like a rough week. Great thing is that everything turned out fine, except for the domain issue
Good that you’ve decided to change your registrar. I once had a domain under godaddy which they have blocked saying that I am sending too many emails to my affiliates. Can not really see how people are still keeping their domains with Godaddy.
Glad everything turned out OK Jeremy. I’ve got a question about advertising. Have sent 4 messages to email@example.com with no reply. Can you have someone look in there and get me a response. I’d really appreciate it.
snowboarding is definitely good times. Growing up in utah it’s practically required that you ski or snow board.
my butt is still sore thinking about the first day i was learning, should have invested in a butt pad i guess.
You definitely win for worst travel week in recent history. Glad most of it ended well. Amazing someone returned your clip with contents. Restores a little faith in humanity.
Ouch! Scary! I have them as my registrar. Any way you can get the domain back or area you just hosed? Sorry this happened to you.
Got an error message with my comment so hopefully this won’t be a duplicate if that one took.
Just stopping by to say that I’m sorry this happened to you. Worrisome as I also use them as my registrar. Ouch! Is there anyway to get your domain name back???
Third time is hopefully a charm. Keep getting some php error.
Did you get your domain back? I have the same reg so it’s concerning.
BTW, you rock my world. Love your site. We’re neighbors, too. Check out your analytics. We live in a great state!
That’s such a great story. And wonderful not to want to take it further. You are right, people make mistakes and the person involved obviously felt bad enough to do the decent thing and hand it back.
I am a Youth Worker and did a voluntary project with unemployed young men. We were doing some voluntary work in the community and the vicar asked if the lads knew how to lay lead roofing. They did. He asked them to put a new roof on the church porch as someone had stolen the lead and the church couldn’t afford a builders fees.
The following day the lead was returned – and the lad responsible owned up because it made him feel really guilty. The vicar was very humble about it and knew the guy had learned a lesson, being the impact his actions had on the community he lived in.
Enjoy the journey.
Same thing happened to me when I snowboarded. My ass killed me the next day. Lots of fun though.
Checkout Namecheap, they offer free WHOIS protection on all registrations & have a really slick interface. You can find some coupons around for a decent % off too.
You said it man. It’s really a crazy week for you. :))
Cops love a case they can tackle! They’ll be all over this suspicious dropping of a moneyclip in the parking lot like white on rice! “You’re not gonna fall for the banana in the tail pipe?”
Jees man, that sounds rough. Snow boarding is one of my favorite activities to do in the world, but I remember those first times I went out to do it. Horrible.
The real winner in this story is march of dimes. I wonder if the people that found your money clip knew what a black amex was.
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