Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Admin sucks piles.

I hate admin. Especially when it shouldn't be done in the first place. I need to get a new ID book, drivers license, bank cards, sim card swop, new cellphone etc etc etc...
ARGH!!

I went to my bank this morning. It never occurred (stupidly) to me that I would need identification. I don't have any, so it wasn't on my mind. I only clicked when I stood in the longest queue. They couldn't help me. I had to go back home to find my passport which was (of course) not where it was supposed to be, so cupboards were emptied and I eventually found it.
I drove (nervously) back to the bank and stood in the Collection of Cards queue for 20 painful minutes. I finally got to the desk and I was told I was in the wrong queue. I had to apply first and then come back. I got all teary. WTF was that? I do not get teary about things like this. Pissed off, yes, but not teary. The bank manager saw my face and came over to help. I must have looked like a real little damsel in distress (hate that) because he helped me draw money so that I could actually buy food. It's become desperate times not having a bank card over a long weekend.
I am still waiting for the bank card. I collect it in 5 working days.

I then went over to my cellular provider to get a sim card. I also remember asking for insurance on my contract cellphone when I got the new phone a few months ago. Apparently they have never taken money off the account for insurance so I'm officially not insured. I blew a fuse. Yes. It's my fault I never checked the statement, but I know for a fact I sent off all the paper work. I remember because it was a ball ache, um.... if I had balls, they would ache. Ok so, they were adamant, I was adamant and we had a staring/ glaring competition until eventually I cried. AGAIN. Seriously? WTF?
I am just one ball of sobs lately.

I got the sim swop done and bought the cheapest phone I could find. I now need to tackle the home affairs and traffic department for my ID and license. You have no idea how excited I am about this. I am basically giddy with glee!
I'm about as excited as gagging myself over and over with a fork! Cannot WAIT!!

14 comments:

ChewTheCud said...

Gag with a fork? Is that like cutting your heart out with a spoon? Cos it'll hurt more?

Damn I wish people would pity me if I got all teary - a guy would just get more abuse, not pity. My mom got out of a R1000 fine by crying one time. You girls have it way too easy - makes me want to cry sometimes... but I CAN'T! Hehe ;)

Best thing with admin is to have a folder with ALL your shit in whenever you do any. I bring ID, passport, old bills, ID photos, bank statements, certified copies, pay-slips and the kitchen sink if I even go near something official. Saves you mounds of time ;)

Len said...

Agree with chewthecud - tearing up can help loads when you're a woman! It's a skill! Use it!

non-Blondie said...

I always do the teary thing - I think it's because I'm so angry I can't get words out. So frustrating, everyone is so patronising.

And so annoying doing the replacement thing - the ID you need is what got stolen...fuck! Oh man, I'm getting angry just thinking about having to do that stuff.

Hope you feel better soon...

The Blonde Blogshell said...

Hahahha!! You know, I've never really thought about it! I guess it would be funny to see a grown man burst into tears in a long queue.

Hmmm... an admin filing system...She learns slowly! Thank you :-)

The Blonde Blogshell said...

Len, you're right...never thuoght about it before...guess it is a skill! hahaha!! Although, today was just a weepy, emotional day...no realy strategy! LOL

The Blonde Blogshell said...

You're right Non-Blondie! I get weepy when I'm frustrated and let me tell you, that's all I feel at the moment!!

I have cried to get out of fines and trouble... doesn't ALWAYS work, but it has! Oh to be a woman :-)

Natalie said...

You are so funny! I always get teary, I even cried when I got a parking fine.

High in Dubai said...

Hi blonde,

Been catching up on your blog and I am so bleak to hear about all this crap you've just been through. I must say it is not easy and really the whole invasion of your security totally affects your psyche and method of coping.

Thinking about you!

Anonymous said...

hah hah have fun at home affiars aka worst place on earth! and the traffic dept comes a close second. bleuchhhhhhhhhhh.

The Divine Miss M said...

Why is it that Home Affairs is honestly the worst place ever? I don't think it runs smoothly in ANY country!

I've also burst into tears of pure frustration - worst thing ever.

The Blonde Blogshell said...

Nats, you make me feel a lot better! Glad to know I'm not the only one! haha!! x

The Blonde Blogshell said...

Thanks High in Dubai! Pretty shite right? Awful!

You hit the nail on the head with what you said!

Thanks for your thoughts :-)

The Blonde Blogshell said...

Miss M... it is awful, isn't it? ARGH!!!! I just thought it was JUST SA, to be honest!!

Lopz said...

Just caught up with eveything sweetie; I'm so sorry that happened to you. No matter how much you think you "got off easy" in the bigger picture, it's so traumatic to have someone invade your life like that. Hoping all the admin gets sorted out as smoothly as possible - I know it's not very smooth, but I'm sending the good vibes anyway!