I have three sources of stress in my life
I no longer keep a phone number, which solved problem #1.
Banks are unavoidable – no decentralized currency yet – and whenever I need to do something financial, it’s hell.
Gyms are always a problem, because there are so few to choose from (heavy regulation), they charge stupid money to join and if you’re only in a place for a month or three, they’re not an option. I’ve solved this by buying a bike box and taking my racing bike with me. No more gyms.
There is right now a fourth problem. It used to be very easy to find somewhere to live – AirBnB. However, more and more Governments are banning or “regulating” AirBnB in a way which is properly tantamount to a ban. As such, I’ve had to turn sometimes to non-AirBnB sites. They are uniformly appalling.
This is my current problem – spareroom.co.uk. The web-site is a joke. It was made ten years ago and hasn’t changed – and it wasn’t *good* ten years and hasn’t changed. It was written I think by a good graduate and they’ve not changed it since – except for one change, which I have now encountered.
When you come to pay, there is a Google captcha on the form where you enter your card details.
Card details are complete – full card and address. Type it all in, dig up the address, type that in, It’s onerous. It has to be done.
The captcha takes over a minute to complete, because it usually doesn’t work.
Having done all this, the card was rejected.
I now really need to repeat the exercise – perhaps I made a typo.
If it doesn’t work again, I have to use a new card.
I do not want to flil in this fucking form three times.
I just tried to phone to pay.
I was on hold for a few minutes, and then told lines were too busy and put to an answerphone.