UTA’S Diary November 2019

I cannot remember how long ago I published a diary post. I have to check! . . . .

Well, checking my posts, I found this now:


As you can see, it is a post about ‘cardless cash’.

This is part of a comment that a very good blogger friends wrote after I published my post about the ‘lost’ Visa card. Here is what she wrote. It shows so much understanding:

” All of this can be so frustrating! I’m so sorry you had to deal with this!
The world and how we “do” life has changed so much, even in just the past 10 years…all this on-line and machine-stuff makes me nervous. Especially related to finances. 😦
Oh, well. I guess we change and adapt to survive. 🙂”

Well, I guess, people always had to change and adapt to survive. This is nothing new. But the speed of the changes definitely has changed. I do very much agree that just in the past 10 years there have been enormous changes. I ask myself how people my age are supposed to cope with these changes. My feeling is that I am getting much too slow to adapt to all these changes in an adequate way. In every way I am on a very slow lane now. Fast lanes and ever faster lanes are not for me. I wish to be allowed to outlive my life on my beautiful slow lane. That way I can still enjoy my life, what is left of it that is.


Cardless Cash


Today I wanted to withdraw some cash with my Visa card. I went to the ATM in the Shopping Centre and inserted my card. Before I could punch in my number there were a few pages shown with stuff that I gathered would be some bank advertising. All of a sudden I became aware that the machine would not allow me to withdraw any money with my card. So I pressed ‘cancel’ for the return of my card. Alas, it was in vain. No matter what I tried, my card was not returned. The machine had eaten it! And I was without any money! Some passers-by advised Peter and me to go to the bank and complain. Yes, Peter was with me. So we both went to the bank, that luckily was not very far away. So we found out, that this particular bank was not allowed to retrieve my card from that ATM for my card belonged to a different bank. I had to go to my bank and report my card lost and they would issue me a new card.

Peter and I then went to our bank. They were very helpful. Soon I’ll receive a new Visa card in the mail.

I must say this ‘cardless cash’ society drives me nuts. Luckily Peter was with me doing his best to keep me a little bit sane.