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03 February 2015 @ 09:32 pm
Bit of a strange day today  
I've felt unsettled all day today. It started with an email via Linkedin, from the regional manager of the bank which bought the one I used to work for, inviting me for a coffee and to discuss opportunities to join her team. I really, really don't want to go back to targets and being customer-facing in a branch - but what if she has something else in mind? I won't know until I talk to her.

I was planning on ringing her during my break today, but discovered once I got to the bus stop that I'd left my phone at home. I didn't have time to go back and get it, not if I wanted to get to work on time. All day it's been like this weird itch, not having my phone. Amazing, really; ten years ago I was lucky if I remembered to turn it on, and now it's such a part of me that I was actually considering going to Optus at lunchtime, getting a new phone and having my number ported across. Yep, that bad.

Another email this morning advised me that my Subway card points are going to expire if I don't swipe my card at a Subway store before the end of the month. Thing is, the card is only valid in the UK, which means those points were collected in June, 2010 - four years and eight months seems to be a really random length of time for the points to be valid.
Current Mood: weirdweird
byslantedlight: BD When Love (enednoviel)byslantedlight on February 3rd, 2015 12:56 pm (UTC)
Oh, weird days... it's funny how things can be hard to shake off, isn't it - just the tiniest things that tip a day into not-quite-right... Hope your meeting goes well when it happens, and that it's full of good things, not backwards-things... I hate the whole idea of companies taking each other over (especially big ones) - I've just been reading about Warner Bros taking over a smaller film-making company, getting the legal right to use their film-rights as part of that, but somehow not seeing the same obligation to pay the original authors when they make the films - I'm not even sure how that can be in question! If you receive the benefits, then surely you should receive the responsibilities as well... So crossing my fingers for you!

How funny about the Subway card - maybe it was actually a 2 year validity, but they gave you... eight month's leeway?! *g* Still rather random, unless perhaps no one had the job of chasing it up for a while in between... /random guesses...
miwahni: Pros BD tablemiwahni on February 4th, 2015 11:43 am (UTC)
Hmm yes you're not alone in disliking takeovers, especially when you're employed by the one being taken over. Not wanting to rehash old grievances here but it's pretty sad when you see standards deteriorate, bringing my bank in line with the takeover company. Anyway, have rung, and left a message, and will see what happens.

Subway card is over four years old; must have been a LONG time without anyone chasing up pending expiries! *g*
mrua7mrua7 on February 3rd, 2015 02:24 pm (UTC)
Yes technology has insinuated itself into our lives hasn't it? It's created a lack of patience in all of us as we're used to instant gratification now.

Odd that the old boss is contacting you, does she know something you don't know? That would drive me crazy.
miwahni: MFU  Fascinatingmiwahni on February 4th, 2015 11:46 am (UTC)
Technology can be a two-edged sword for sure. I wonder what the world will be like for my grandkids.

I never actually worked for this lady; my bank, even after the takeover, always operated with a separate chain of command. I've tried ringing her today and it went to voicemail; we shall see.
Strike while the irony is hot: [EMATE] CUPPAdraycevixen on February 3rd, 2015 07:15 pm (UTC)

I can see where that would be a bit weird, particularly as you've just got settled into your new job.

MG gets antsy if he manages to leave the house without his phone but it doesn't bother me. Most of the time I've forgotten to charge mine anyway.
miwahni: Sherlock Phonemiwahni on February 4th, 2015 11:49 am (UTC)
Yes, and I do enjoy my job - it involves everything I liked about my old job with none of the parts I really hated ie sales. It would take one hell of an inducement to get me to change. We shall see - I left a message on her voicemail today.

I never imagined that a small piece of equipment would ever become so much a part of my life.
a honeyed wine at night: Nude Doyle artworkmoonlightmead on February 4th, 2015 10:26 am (UTC)
Well, it can't hurt to talk, can it? And you can stay where you are.

But ugh, yes, so annoying to be without your phone when you need it. I found it disorienting to be without the use of mine in the states last year, and bought a cheap temporary sim card just so that I could make phone calls.

Subway card - baffling! Can't help you, because I am hopeless with such cards.
miwahni: Pros Phonemiwahni on February 4th, 2015 11:53 am (UTC)
That's right - as I told Drayce, my job is pretty-well perfect. It has its days, but so does every job, and there are no sales targets. I'm not sure I'm ready to jump back into targets again. Not now I've experienced life without them.

When I travelled overseas I was able to put my phone on "roaming"; I'm not sure how it works but I had to notify my service provider and they organised it. Calls to / from home were a LOT more expensive but at least they were possible when required, and I could text quite cheaply. I wouldn't feel comfortable without it for an extended period of time.