In about 6 hours I'll be on a plane flying to sunny Majorca. See you in a week!
I'll try to pop on now and then and post a little travel-o-blog update of my journeys. And plenty of pictures to look at when I get back :-)
I decided to call my credit company. After all, I -am- going on vacation, and it'd be nice to actually use my credit card (instead of dealing with local currency in every country all the time. [Ed Note: Going to some non-Euro European countries too. ]). And so I call them up, and there's always the ubiquituous question from the credit officer:
Are you currently employed?
This is always a touchy question. I'm a co-op student (and trust me, co-op students -hate- explaining what co-op means and why we're not 'normal'). If I answer 'Yes, I'm unemployed', the was-friendly credit officer hangs up the phone on me and tells me to go away. If I answer 'No, I'm not unemployed', the was-friendly credit officer asks for my job title, my employer, and phone numbers so they can check on me. Considering my co-op term starts in September, so legally, I don't have a job now.
And then there's always Dune Internet. But it's a small company -- two people. And most of the time I do work just to make the company better -- and I actually enjoy it. But how to explain what I do? "I, uh, host websites and talkers and MUDs on a Linux server, out in Colorado. No, I've never seen the servers. Yes, it's over the internet. Yes, I know it's not a real job."
So, I answer. "I'm a co-op student. I'm starting my next job in September."
To which they reply. What's a co-op student?
"A co-op student is a poor soul who has to move every four months. We work and go to school in alternating terms. We go to school for four months, and during this time, we find a job for the next 4 months of work. Then we work for four months and then go back to school. And so on and so forth."
To which they reply. So you're a student?
So you're unemployed?
pause ... "No."
But you don't have a job right now?
"Well, I'm starting one in September."
Well, sir, I can't raise your credit limit unless you have a job.
"But it's a job! I start in September, I'm going to be a software developer, working for [major computing company]."
Sorry sir, you need to be currently employed.
Fine. It's time to try the longshot attempt: tell them about the fictious-sounding job in the States. "I have a part-time job. I work for a company in the States called Dune Internet. We do web and application hosting."
What's your job position, sir?
"Director of Operations."
*clicketyclickclick* Thank you sir, I've raised your credit limit.
And there I am, holding the phone, dumbfounded at how fickle the world really is.