Monday, April 11, 2011

Day 31: Face a fear

I'm running low on prompts and/or enthusiasm for Lent!Blog!

Somehow, I think all of the L!B! participants are going to give me a pass for having missed the last two days. Thanks, amigos, for being such good sports/slackers.

One of my favorite things about my friend Joel is that he's deathly afraid of blue whales. He knows all kinds of factoids about blue whales (their hearts are as big as a VW Beetle!), which he says he memorized because "you should always know as much as possible about your enemies". Joel is the most logical person I know, except when it comes to blue whales.

What's your most irrational fear? Where do you think it stems from?

I wrote about my irrational fears a few months ago, but my biggest fear remains that my credit card will be declined. Except my fear is no longer irrational, because it recently came true. This weekend, I tried to buy a pair of shoes online, from Zappos, and my bank flagged my purchase. Then they shut off my card. I didn't realize this until I went to the grocery store for one jar of salsa, and I was declined. MOR-TI-FY-ING.

So I called my bank, and a nice man informed me that my card was flagged because Zappos is out of state and so they thought I had been "compromised". Ahem.

What I said to this man was, "I think your system is a little strange, considering that most online purchases are going to appear out of state. Nevertheless, can you kindly turn me back on? Also, am I free to buy the moccasins I so covet now or will I be again appear compromised?"

What I wanted to say was, "Are you mad? Zappos is one of the largest e-commerce sites in the nation. Do you shut everyone down that wants a pair of moccasins with free shipping? And of course it shows up as out of state! Do you know how much trouble I'd be in if there was one down the block from me? Furthermore, do you know what it's like to have the woman at the grocery store look at me and think I can't afford a jar of salsa? Do you?"

Robert assures me this won't happen again, yet somehow I know I'm going to be paying for everything in cash for the next six months to ensure I avoid humiliation.

As for you ^, I remain undeterred. You will be mine.


Joel said...

You sure do know how to get me to comment on a post. I'm not even embarrassed. Blue whales are terrifying. Nothing should be that big. Completely unrelated to whales, isn't it weird that "embarrassed" has two r's in it? I always type it with one and then have to change it. Either way, I thoroughly enjoyed this post and our email convo today.

Jamie said...

So this is what the thing that I thought I had been forgetting to do for the last couple of days but couldn't remember what it was. (Can you unpack that sentence? Can you? "This is your brain on law school").