Another Spectrum

Personal ramblings and rants of a somewhat twisted mind

The little things in life…

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Sometimes the little things that one takes for granted can suddenly become huge issues.

Take for example my credit card. I’ve had a Visa card for decades, with the same number. I knew that number by heart, and it had a unique quirk: the number was such that it made an easily remembered pattern when typing it out on a 10-key keypad. In fact I memorised the pattern long before I remembered the actual number. Once every five years, I had to remember a new 3-digit CCV code, which I also had to update for online accounts, of which I have quite a number, but apart from that I gave the convenience of my credit card little thought.

All that has changed. My bank, in its wisdom, has decided to switch allegiance from Visa to Master Card and has issued me with a new credit card WITH A DIFFERENT NUMBER! If we can switch between telcos and keep the same phone number, why on earth can’t we do the same with credit cards?

To make matters worse, I can find no meaningful keyboard pattern to help me memorise that damn number. Hell, it took me more than a decade to learn the old one when I was younger than middle aged. Now that I’ve passed 70 and my memory isn’t as sharp as it was, how long will it be before I’ll remember the new one. I suspect I’ll be pushing up daisies, before that happens, in which case it’s not worth the effort of even trying to learn it.

On a brighter note, last week I revisited Countdown Supermarket during their “quiet time” and surprise, surprise! The pink/red lighting over the meat section had been turned off. Absolutely wonderful. It’s been so long since I was last able to browse the range of meat on offer, that I had almost forgotten what was available. And to be able to walk down an aisle towards the rear of the store without the need to avert my gaze is a pleasure I’m going to long remember!

Author: Barry

A post war baby boomer from Aotearoa New Zealand who has lived with migraines for as long as I can remember and was diagnosed as being autistic aged sixty. I blog because in real life I'm somewhat backwards about coming forward with my opinions.

2 thoughts on “The little things in life…

  1. Pingback: The little things in life… — Another Spectrum – Friendly Quakersaurus

  2. I used to work for a bank here in the States – in its debit card fraud department – so I can understand the frustration at having to switch numbers. Having to switch automatic payments from one number to another is more than just a headache. However, there is a method to the madness of different card numbers.

    The first digit of a card number should tell you which company issues it. Visa’s cards start with “4”, and MasterCards start with “5.”

    In addition, the first six digits are referred to as the “batch number.” These numbers are assigned to banks. Banks can issue cards that start with whatever batch numbers they own.

    Thus, it might be helpful to think of your card number as two separate numbers. The first six is your bank’s number with MasterCard. The next ten is your number with your bank.

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