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Bitten by the bug

Whenever I looked in the mirror lately, I was struck by how incompatible my appearance, with its bright orange fringe, seemed compared to how I was feeling inside. Now I've had a haircut, and the incongruity has magically disappeared. Gone are the long(ish) flowing locks and the attention-grabbing colour, replaced by a short, simple, dark brown do. I've had a hint of aubergine put in to give it some pizzazz when the sun hits it, but otherwise it's fairly unremarkable and far more in keeping with my current state of mourning.

I can't wait for Thursday, and my trip to New York City. This afternoon I got myself a new expandable suitcase (perfect for all those souvenir shoes I mean to bring back), but now I'm at a loss as to what to put in it. What's the weather like in New York this time of year? Should I bring thermals, jumpers, cardigans, raincoats? Should I dress for spring, winter, or both? Oh well, I suppose I'll just grab a couple of things and buy whatever I find I should have brought but didn't.

Next -- very important question which I'm hoping one of the Americans on my flist can answer: has the US gotten into the habit of asking for PIN-codes on any purchase made on credit cards too, or has that annoying policy not made it across the Atlantic yet? 'Cause if it has, it means I'm stuffed on at least two cards, and possibly a third as well, unless I have a sudden epiphany and remember what that blasted number was again.

superplin, we need to make plans for meeting up in Philly next Saturday. I'll mail you.

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nwhepcat
Mar. 18th, 2007 07:35 pm (UTC)
I don't live there anymore, but it's good to be ready for anything. I know they've had very springy weather already, but they also just got slammed (more recently) with a big ice storm. Check weather.com, but bring something for either extreme.
gamiila
Mar. 18th, 2007 07:44 pm (UTC)
Ah, pretty much as I thought I recalled from my Feb/March stay a few years ago. Fine one day, blizzards the next. Thank you.
deborahw37
Mar. 18th, 2007 07:40 pm (UTC)
New York in March. layers , It can do anything from warm sunshine to blizzards :)

I managed in L.A. in September without a pin code

which was annoying because I spent ages looking for the wretched code the day before I went and then noone ever asked me for it. But I think it varies from state to state.
gamiila
Mar. 18th, 2007 07:48 pm (UTC)
So I'd better try and find that PIN-code, or learn to rely on cash entirely. Check.
deborahw37
Mar. 18th, 2007 07:56 pm (UTC)
Hotels will always let you sign because lots of internatonal cards don't have chip and pin

and you may be OK in shops too . I know that the USA is starting to roll out chip and pin but don''t think it's everywhere yet
superplin
Mar. 18th, 2007 07:59 pm (UTC)
I've never heard of PIN codes, so I'm guessing not.

Next Saturday, yes! As it turns out, I have to give a speech, which kind of messes up my plans, but I should be free from mid-afternoon on, at least (possibly earlier).

I can't wait!
gamiila
Mar. 18th, 2007 09:43 pm (UTC)
Looking forward to it tremendously!
cheesygirl
Mar. 18th, 2007 08:04 pm (UTC)
I've never heard of asking for a PIN when making purchases with a credit card. Unless you're getting a cash advance with the card or using what we call a debit card (that is a cross between a credit card and a check, in that it's used like a credit card but takes the money immediately out of your bank account instead of sending you a bill).

About the only security measures I've seen is that a lot of places want to see a picture ID when you use a credit card (which your passport should suffice).
gamiila
Mar. 18th, 2007 09:41 pm (UTC)
Asking for a PIN when making purchases with a credit card is a new-fangled idea they've put into practice in the UK last year and are introducing into the rest of Europe from the beginning of next year. It's a total nuisance.

I couldn't get by without my debit card -- if only they would make it internationally acceptable, I would dispense with cold hard cash altogether.
ter369
Mar. 18th, 2007 09:42 pm (UTC)
..... has the US gotten into the habit of asking for PIN-codes on any purchase made on credit cards too, or has that annoying policy not made it across the Atlantic yet?

Not on credit cards, but definitely needed on debit cards connected to a checking account.

I've used my USA based credit card in Europe over the past decade, a number of times last year, and never been asked for a PIN.

Before I travel abroad, or within the US outside my state, I call my credit card company's customer service to let them make a note of the cities I'll be in. Then if I make any large purchases (quantity or amount) there won't be a problem (as if my card had been stolen and used outside my home base).

For the realities of NYC weather, ask musesfool, who I'm sure will be happy to tell you the nitty gritty of what level of clothing to bring.


gamiila
Mar. 18th, 2007 09:49 pm (UTC)
I've used my USA based credit card in Europe over the past decade, a number of times last year, and never been asked for a PIN.

It's a new safety measure already in place in the UK, and from next year, will be introduced in all the other Western European countries as well. It just gives the banks/credit card companies another way out of honouring your claims if your card has been stolen and purchases made without your consent; they'll say you've been negligent with your PIN and should basically suck it up (there's been a few cases already).
ter369
Mar. 18th, 2007 10:11 pm (UTC)
... and from next year, will be introduced in all the other Western European countries as well.

Thanks so much for the heads-up! I'm sure this info would eventually come my way in travel magazines or news online. Knowing this far in advance, I've got time to check with my credit card banks ... 'cause they probably gave me a default PIN, since I've never set one up.

Bon voyage to you!
nostariel
Mar. 18th, 2007 10:47 pm (UTC)
March in NY is madness, weather-wise. Snowstorms one day, warm and springlike the next. It's usually a bit warmer in the City proper, though. Upstate we still have foot of snow on the ground, at least where I am.
gamiila
Mar. 19th, 2007 03:24 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I'll keep that in mind.
enigmaticblues
Mar. 20th, 2007 12:21 am (UTC)
Most places in the US require PINs only for debit cards, but maybe photo ID for the credit cards.

And I hope you have a wonderful time and it gives you just what you need. *hugs*
gamiila
Mar. 20th, 2007 08:30 pm (UTC)
I'm getting terribly jittery now...I need to get the flat in order before I go. My nephew's coming to take care of my cats, and I don't want him to think his auntie's a slob! Also, I need to find my passport, and decide on how many and what shoes to bring...Why wasn't I smart enough to book a day off before my holiday proper would begin?
julchek
Mar. 20th, 2007 02:41 am (UTC)
Hi, G - as others have said, no pin number required on credit card purchases, only if you use a debit card. Ye gads, what a pain a pin number on credit cards would be!!

And that's incredible that your trip is almost here! Time is zooming by - if I don't get to see you, hope you have a fabulous time while you are here (((hugs))) Hopefully this ridiculous snow will have melted by the time you arrive - it's supposed to be in the 50s (fahrenheit) by the weekend, so.....

Jules
gamiila
Mar. 20th, 2007 08:35 pm (UTC)
As I haven't seen real snow for ages, I wouldn't mind if it stays on the ground for a while longer. But whatever the weather, I'm sure I'll have a good time, even if a lot of places in NYC will remind me of my first ever stay there, with Peronne.
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