My recent mortgage foolishness has been a thorn in my side.
And that's putting it mildly.
For those of you who have been reading for quite some time, you know the past few years haven't been paradise.
Jesus take the wheel.
But as we all know, bad things happen to good people everyday. And in some cases, really, really bad things happen to really, really good people.
So in the grand scheme of things, my issues were (are?) a cake walk.
No one was bleeding, I could stil feed myself and I had a roof over my head.
Now my mortgage servicer was trying to affect the later.
Obviously, I was upset.
One of my dear friends who is a regular reader of this blog suggested that I contact a mutual friend of ours who might be in a position to offer some advice.
She also mentioned that she recently reconnected with her on Facebook.
At this point, the situation was (is?) dire----what did I have to lose?
So I reached out to our friend after many years.
I felt a little awkward as we haven't spoken in for some time but have many friends in common from our college days.
So I took a chance.
After a round of phone tag, we spoke and I explained my situation.
It's not that I want to antagonize Select Portfolio Servicing but I failed to understand why there was such a glaring hole in the Obama plan.
But don't get me on that soap box right now.
Let's just suffice it to say, I pray you all don't lose your jobs, run through your severance and savings.
Unless you're the auto industry or banking, let's just say your bailout options are severely limited.
But I digress...
Within hours, my friend received my information via e-mail and said that she would see what she could do.
Two days later, I received a much more sympathetic phone call from my mortgage servicer.
Now they wanted to give me "options."
To quote the late great Dinah Washington, "What a difference a day makes."
I wouldn't have been given "options" without the suggestion of my friend who in turn found our other friend on Facebook.
That's when I started to think, there actually might be something to this little thing.
So I had to check it out.
While my college network may not have as much prestige at The Northwestern Mafia, I may be able to argue that they aren't any less influential.