Alamak, I think Unker Tommy is right lah, he told me over at the Longhouse that I was starting to lose it.
I refused to agree with his statement but yesterday afternoon at the ATM I keyed in hubby's mobile no. as my PIN - of course it said "What's wrong with you - you keyed in the wrong pin number" or something to that effect.
Actually I was surprised I did that. I never ever use anybody's phone number for something so secret as an ATM PIN. My PIN is the same original random number the bank gave me umpteen years ago.
Well, I had no need for the PIN for about 4 weeks but today what used to be automatic became problematic. The blessed number simply left the building. No recollection at all.
I have cards for 2 other accounts at a different bank but they were useless yesterday because I had programmed those to have that very same PIN - I mean why should I need to remember 3 different PINs, right or not?
Anyway for each card I gave 2 tries - each a different combination of the 6 digits I thought I remembered. To no avail. (3 wrong tries my card will get swallowed)
Went home feeling slightly dazed. It's really happening, isn't it? Can't remember something you've been using for decades. Instead remembering a number that I never had to consciously, and which is already tucked away in my phone memory.
"You're missing bapak kan?" said Syirah. I was going to get some cash to make the first payment on her driving lessons. "Eh, no lah, everyday we direct message on FB what..."
Whatever, today I'll try this number that's going round in my head right now - XXXXXX. I'm absolutely sure it has come back. Otherwise, I'll have to pop in at the banks with my passbooks and be re-issued with new PINs. CIMB says they do it on the spot, but Maybank - not too sure lah. I know I have to pay a RM12 penalty for a new card.
Actually the chip on the Maybank card seem to get "rusty" very easily and some of the machines can't read them. People say in such cases to lightly scrape the rust away. Beats me why we have to pay for something of suspect quality.
As for my rusty memory.... hmmm now where did I put my kad pesara? Would need it for those government-subsidised memory-boosters, wouldn't I? Unless I start re-training the old box to use associative memory-tricks.
Tu cangkul-cangkul lama belah pokok = ?