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    Pouring Sunshine  echo $newRAM;
    added Mon August 11 2003 at 6:30 PM
    It was pouring sunshine. I opened my car door a crack so I could flip the switch to lock the doors, then pushed the envelope close to my chest to protect it from the elements. A deep breath, and I ran out of the car.

    Short sprint to the door, but in that little bit of time outside, I was definitely rained on. Rain's wet, y'know? It's not every day, nor everywhere that you could wear sunglasses in the pouring rain. And it was *raining*. Not just a little summer shower, we're talking an afternoon Arizona monsoon. Granted, I've seen it rain a lot harder here, and I've seen a storm come in faster, but it's still fun to be running through the rain while the sun burns brightly.

    So grab an umbrella, lets go out into the sun.

    See Photo ID  echo $newRAM;
    added Mon August 11 2003 at 10:30 PM
    Written on the back of each of my credit cards is a very simple phrase: "See Photo ID." Pretty easy to understand, when I give a cashier my credit card, he should take it, flip it over to see the signature, and note that I need to show my ID. As a cashier, I have never ran into somebody who wrote that on their card and then complained for having to show a drivers license or other form of ID. In fact, they quite often say thank you. It doesn't really take very long, either... It doesn't really require an in-depth analysis of the ID card. Generally, anybody willing to offer a photo ID is not using the card wrongfully.

    OK, because it's so simple, cashier's always do it, right? WRONG! I had a girl take my credit card, flip it over, read it and hand it back to me without even looking at my face, let alone asking for further identification. If it were just an isolated event, I probably wouldn't notice. Often, I forget that I have that written, and it catches me by surprise when somebody actually asks. Naturally, I don't get irritated, I merely laugh at my own forgetfulness and grab out my driver's license. All too often, however, the cashiers blatently ignore my request.

    I think the next time it happens, I'm going to start to raise a fuss. Perhaps ask for a manager, and explain the situation and obvious disregard of my security. After all, I write that on my credit cards so that I don't have to worry as much about people stealing my accounts. The plan isn't foolproof, of course. They can always go to a gas station and fill up their tanks without a hitch, and without worrying about someone asking for ID. But shouldn't my simple request be honored? Just ask for an ID.