Thursday, 18 March 2010

PIN and Riddle

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 = ?

38 comments:

Pi Bani said...

I remember once zaman muda-muda dulu. I wanted to go to the ATM to withdraw some money for myself. An office mate of mine who had so much work to do at the office, sought my favour to withdraw some money for her, gave me her ATM card, and told me her PIN. I didn't want to write the PIN anywhere, in case I lose the card & the PIN, so I memorised her 6-digit number. Takut lupa punya pasal, sepanjang jalan I dok memorise her PIN and when I got to the ATM I made sure I withdrew money for her first. Then I inserted my card to withdraw money for myself... and I totally forgot my own PIN! Cheh... so I ended up withdrawing money just for her, and none for myself!

p/s
Word veri says "forti". Life begins at forti??

mamasita said...

But its very normal..it'll come fleeting back when you least expect it..yes, you could be missing RA so much you didn't realise it has even blocked off your memory of your pin number..thats true love!
Mujur mandi masih basah,tidur masih lena!

Capt's Longhouse said...

zendra,

,,,lucky me, i served in the military and my tentera number shall be my PIN for life too hehehe. You never ever forget your service number,the only thing you will disclose/surrender to your enemy !. Hahaha. AND to the wife for her shopping. Geee !!

Tommy Yewfigure said...

There u go Zen, getting more forgetful. I’ve got 2 accounts (one joint & one personal insurance, Ah Soh don't know about..hehehe) but only required to remember 4 numbers, so easy lah birthday dates.

Hey Capt, how can u declared your PIN to the whole world is it 111967?..kakaka.

Riddles and PINS

Ooops wrong sort of pins..kakaka
Tommy

P/S – Zen, have u notice a lot of commenters & bloggers using postscripts like muah, hmmm must be getting forgetful too.Or is it getting trendy :))

pakmat said...

..I thought memory lapses is common at my age..hmm..better hide my pins in some fictitious phone numbers and names and store them in my phone..:)
butI seldomn forget my pins..most times I forgot where I left the missus shopping and had a hard time trying to remember where to pick her up..and her hphone left in the car..

aside to tommy..love the smokie song..harks back to my younger days..

Capt's Longhouse said...

Tommy,

,,,money is not the most important thing in the world. Love is. Fortunately, i love money. And my wife in spending it.
,,,in life, unlike chess, the game continues after checkmate. (but i think our mate got us checked hahaha !)

Zendra,

,,,you gotta lose'em some of the time. when you do, lose'em right.

"Now is no time to think of what you do not have. think of what you can do with what there is."

Zendra-Maria said...

Pi Bani, why you got the word verification "forti"? Cos you are so trustworthy like a fort OK? And also because of your strength and fortitude in doing what you do. Sampai over-ride your own concerns kakaka.

Please i want to entrust you with my new PIN in case I forget again, can?

Zendra-Maria said...

Name, rank and number, right Capt?

Trouble is I regarded my pin as MY service no. - pun boleh lenyap dari ingatan...

If I had been mugged at the ATM that day, I wouldn't have been able to w'draw money to save my own life! Scarey...

Zendra-Maria said...

Tommy, using birthdates is so guessable lah, but what makes you think you won't forget Ah Soh's and even your own birthday? Or even where you keep your birth-certificate when you need to check... hahaha

Zendra-Maria said...

mamasita, apa? true love? is that what they call sakit angau? dah tua-tua ni that's quite impossible lah hahaha

Anyway tidor memang lena because no one-man-orchestra to disturb my sleep :)

Zendra-Maria said...

Pakmat, missus forgets her phone and you forget the missus - that's normal occurrence too. But back in days of yore, we did get by without those gadgets didn't we?

But storing pins under fictitious names? great idea that. Just don't forget those names then...

Zendra-Maria said...

Capt, with what I've got left, I think I'll go practise at switching brain orientations at "No Tea and Scones" :)

tireless mom said...

Try to give some grace period. Later go back to the ATM and wallah! You never know, it will just come by automatically. Macam ada reflex gitu. It happened to me lots of time, meanwhile frustrated mengingatkan nya. Hope you get the sharp memory back.

DrSam said...

Salam kanda dan selamat kembali. I guess your brain just need a bit longer to thaw from its frozen state. A momentary lapse of memory is a norm even at my midlife age. I got that too when having less sleep at night or my wive is away attending a week-long course for example.

errrr...BTW Kanda, do you still remember me?

Capt's Longhouse said...

Zendra,

Talking about being mugged, I remember this 2006 incident in S'wak after the rain forest music festival, i was driving back alone from Kuching to Miri and 3 x robbers blocked my Land Rover and I almost chopped off one of their bloody head with my Iban parang and all three begged for their lives after getting some kicks on their stupid heads. Guess it was more frightening for them three trying to rob a pirate on the lonely highway near lubok hantu.
,,,"worse things happen at sea" hehehe.

Zendra-Maria said...

Alahai TM, it's 2 days already and still NO K... I've fixed 2 cards but I'm keeping one for the "eureka" moment :)

Zendra-Maria said...

WAAH Capt, you hero lah. Like this sure can audition for Bollywood, as stuntman. For a starring role ....maybe 30 years too late hehehe ;)

Zendra-Maria said...

Dinda Doc, have we met before....?
You the one whom I gave a fright one night at 2am in the zombie zone?
HAHAHAH this brain freeze still needs that extra something lah - 2 days already - maybe kari kambing... hmmmm

Red Alfa said...

Finally the admission after the denials!...

Once in while, I had commented ..didn't you remember this and that?.. and you had said how can I possibly would remember what's on your mind and unspoken at that!...

Now, who's been making it that it's always me who's been losing it...

Zendra-Maria said...

RA, ya lorr, I've finally caught up with you hehe, we shall henceforth blissfully walk down memory-lapses lane together hand-in-hand...

Capt's Longhouse said...

Zendra,

,,,some fresh honey would do the trick while you wait for your real honey back from luar negeri hehehe.
,,,bollywood can wait since am still appearing on kapaswood not 30 years too early. ( i may be 60 but still looks 30 yet feels 90 must be the sweet honeys but not bees !!)hehehe.

Red Alfa said...

Yea, got round the Kazakhstan ISP blocking!!!

Also another first and never before done it.... my new exercise regime.. shovel the steps and the walkway to the gate .. 1 hour of hard work cos below the powdery snow which can be broomed away are packed ice, but shovelled them of the cement walk, I did.

By the way it's in sub-zero, doing all these.

Zendra-Maria said...

RAHRAHRAH!!!! RA in the mood for sproing! It'll have you sowing seeds next ;)

Zendra-Maria said...

Capt, 60 but feel 90? Like small boy balik ler ni... HAHAHAH.

Capt's Longhouse said...

RA,

,,,you got to watch out, what seeds you are sowing ! hehehe and don't come back with a new born baby. (joke only-lah Zendra, you got a good man here, salute to RA for flying our M'sian flag there )
,,,"for one who is zealous in his work is equal of kings"

Red Alfa said...

Yesterday we went to Your Asia Center and the basement was a wet market with a difference... its little Korea in Kazakhstan. The specialty you guess it...is Kimchi and didn't we went overboard. Wait a minute there's this discovery that we wanted to go to but never been when we were last in Europe!...

we found counters and counters of well stocked smoked cold sea fishes; salmons, cods, mackerels and my favorite of the long ago ...herrings..

Red Alfa said...

Ahoy Capt

Work? No, its playtime, now.

They have this 20 to 25 March festivities bigger than hari raya (still can't say the words yet in the local lingo) and they shut down with 5 days eating and drinking and.. to celebrate that it's springtime! OK so it's spring but surely they know temperatures still sub-zero and snow's still everywhere..if they say its now hari raya what can we Malaysians say, but hari raya it is!

Zendra-Maria said...

RA, fish galore! Jellezzz! When you come back, don't forget the matjies ya...
Spring raya break summore - if I were there, sure would be making ketupat plastik and rendang kuda, kakaka.

Capt, hoii don't give him ideas har! Old enough to timang cucu already maa..

Capt's Longhouse said...

Zendra,

,,,men are always young at heart !
,,,getting green eyes are you ? hihihi
"What you ardently and constantly desire, you always get"
,,,so its just 'herrings' yaa and not 'her ring' to be real sure ! Cos. a buddy of mine came back from there with the real young one yoo, hohohoo.(his 1st wife just died recently out of sheer frustration, poor lady indeed, infact she got cancer-lah !)
,,,no worries Zendra, you are still pretty healthy. Ada buat exercise tak and 'No' to daging daging ?.

Tommy Yewfigure said...

Now now Capt, hold your horses & don’t get too carried away with your ‘youthful enthusiasm, play2 can but we must be aware of our limitation too. Friend, u r near to crossing ‘that’ line. Hehehe, I should know bcoz she’s my twin sista mah..muahaha. So I can sensed that she’s on the verge of showing u the door (overstayed your welcome?). So Capt, sometimes u must get in touch with your feminine side & be like Tommy lah; A SNAG – ‘Sensitive New Age Guy’. So show lah some……

Feelings

Enjoy the rest of your Sundays, guys. Bangers & Mash with scramble eggs for late brekkie 4 me today…no red herrings!!

Cheers,
Tommy

P/S - Zen, sibling must look after each other, betul tak? :))

Capt's Longhouse said...

tommy,

,,,"dosoku no mama agaru !" if ever i were to have gone wrong, i would invariably apologize-lah.
,,,i.e. "putting your worst foot forward" in japanese mah !. Am not ready to "gekokujo" i.e. 'losing your head'

Kosai Hi ! (nurturing friendly relations)
Capt.

Kak Teh said...

zendra, nothing stressed me out more than having a long queue behind me at the atm machine. It makes me forget my pin numer. Dalam dok ingat-ingat xxxx and zsudenly it goes yyyy and i go all anxious and break out in sweat. lagi menggelabah macam curi card orang lain.

So, i'd rather withdraw money when there;s no one queueing.

Zendra-Maria said...

Kak Teh, so you withdraw from withdrawing when there's a queue behind you? I think there's a name for that kind of phobia hehe.

In my case, it was my number yang withdrew and is still in hiding, like a fugitive :(

Zendra-Maria said...

Tommy wo ter kerker, you better watch-out, that Uban's absolutely merciless lah in certain circumstances, but if you come to the rescue of a chieh-chieh in no real distress, dia pun kaotim lorr. Can use you as a ladies bodyguard on Kapas, what say you and Capt hehe?

Zendra-Maria said...

Capt, "dosa-mu no mama nak garu" HAHAHAH! meaning is self-explanatory ;)

Tommy Yewfigure said...

Hi Zee & Capt,

Since we r going Japanese again.
Here’s some Japanese humor, this group is performing in town at this moment, I’m sure Capt will fall head over heels for them. The 2 of them in rayban does look like him too…hahaha..

Tokyo Shock Boys

Ali ketok go Zai mask,

Tommy

P/S - Tommy is a popular christian name for Japanese ppl too; e.g. Tomi Ichibawa is the famous toy manufacturer.

Zendra-Maria said...

Tommy, ichiban gross kind of shocking EEEWWWW hahaha

Capt's Longhouse said...

Zendra,

,,,tell you this japanese words too-lah;

Kai gi - 'talking things to death in a meeting.'
Kai Zen - 'nothing is ever good enough.'

Capt Kakushi Gei (kak ku she gay ee)- "hidden talent" hehehe !!