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Joe Bushue is a travel agent and lifelong Gresham resident who has been tolerating multiple sclerosis for 30-plus years. His column recounts some of the humorous sides of his disability and his slants on life in general. Reach him by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

It should've been easy. After all, I've done it before. Even being severely 'computer challenged,' I was able to buy something on eBay before without any problems. Therefore I thought this would also be hassle free.

I was looking for a portable ramp for my scooter. I easily went to the eBay site and quickly found the portable ramps. I found the one I was looking for, and the price was right. Then the fun began.

With my debit card in hand, I put my mouse on the 'buy now' arrow. After being reminded that I was entering a legal contract, I fearlessly went on and entered my debit card number as form of payment. Then I was asked for my password.

Apparently when I bought that $9 car poster about two or three years ago, I had a special password, something I either didn't realize or had forgotten. After trying all the possible passwords I have used for other things, I found out that none of these was right. I finally entered the button that asked 'forgot password?' I was then informed that the information would be sent to my e-mail. That seemed easy enough.

Sure enough, the next day I received a message from eBay. All my problems would be solved. I finally would be able to complete my purchase on the computer, which even a child seems able to do easily. According to the email, all I had to do to access all of my account information was to enter my password!

I called the 1-800 number that was on the site. A person answered after a few rings. They were more than happy to take my order immediately, and even gave me a tracking number. All of this in about three minutes!

I soon got another message from eBay. Because of the time that had elapsed from my order and a show of no payment, I had been put on 'the list.' I guess that meant those companies didn't want my business. That's all right. EBay wouldn't allow me to give it to them anyway. Must be a powerful password.

In the meantime, I'm searching for a class where I can become even more 1-800 literate.

I got a final message from eBay reminding me about the contract I had entered into. To review the consequences and all the ramifications of it, all I have to do is - enter my password.

All in about three minutes.