You didn't do anything wrong and neither did the El Centro office, she said.
However, you were confused about the August date when the money was supposed to arrive. The date was not Aug. 21 but Aug. 29.
She promised to "stay on top" of your case until you get your check. In the meantime, she assigned an office supervisor to find out what went wrong, she said.
QUESTION: I am a writer working on an article for a San Diego newspaper about the death of the writer Nathaniel West, killed 60 years ago at the intersection of Highway 111 and old Highway 80.
Do you think any of your older readers know anything about the Dec. 22, 1940 accident that took the life of West and his wife?
An inquest in Imperial County concluded West caused the accident when he ran a stop sign on 111. That was 60 years ago. Most official county records in the Coroner's Office and the inquest proceedings have been destroyed, thrown away or lost.
Does anybody remember Hazel Livingston, the Imperial Valley Press reporter who wrote the story of the inquest? I wonder if her notes still exist? — Writer, San Diego
If Hazel is still around, she would be a bit long in the tooth. However, we know a handful of local women teasing 90 who are still mentally agile.
If you know anything about Ms. Livingston, or the accident, call us on our PROBE line at 337-3448. You can reach writer Tom Larson at (858) 273-4806, e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org, or write him a letter at 3230 Ogala Ave., San Diego, CA 92117.
QUESTION: I recently bought a shirt for $10 with a tag that said, "Other stores sell this for $28.50." To what extent, can I believe this? Does this come under "truth in advertising" laws? — Shopper, Brawley
We take such claims with a grain of salt, although we can't rule out that some store somewhere didn't sell that shirt for $28.
The real test is your judgment that the shirt is worth $10. Since you bought it, you obviously decided it was. If the shirt falls apart after a couple of weeks, you'll know you paid too much.