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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.


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).
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.