I got a notice from the local court clerk that my appeal was in default because I never filed a designation of the record with the required payment. I mailed it in three weeks ago, and could not understand it. So I sent the paperwork in again with another check.
Today the clerk tells me that she just got my orginal paperwork and check! She said that it was inexplicably bounced around different court offices for three weeks. Apparently they don't have good procedures for handling appeal paperwork.