I bought some Playstation Network credit this morning in preparation for buying new game stuff, but I can’t believe the gamut of problems it made me run through.
First, I checked online for current sellers, and settled on a good, cheap one. I texted the guy and he gave me the bank details so I could deposit the payment.
That meant I had to be at the mall a bit earlier than usual to withdraw the funds to deposit into his account, and then be at the bank when it opens to make the deposit. So I went.
I got the cash from the machine at the supermarket next door, and then went to the mall doors so that when they opened, I could run to the bank and be first in line to deposit.
So the mall opens promptly at 10AM and I run to BPI but discover that, over the weekend, they had closed up shop and transferred the whole shebang up to the third floor to more spacious digs. What?
So I run over to the third floor and discover that a line had already formed there. When I finally finished at the bank (they only had one working teller for the dozens of customers), the better part of an hour had already gone by.
So I go to Starbucks to take a pic of the deposit slip so I could email it to the guy, but the iPhone had apparently chosen an alternative keyboard that made it impossible to type in the email address—it insisted on putting an extra space within the address, and it made the Mail app go bonkers.
So I whip out the Macbook Pro and try that option out, but the photo hadn’t transferred to the laptop yet (I really hate that iCloud thing), so what the hell was I going to email?
So I go back to the phone and try to input the guy’s email address in Contacts so I could just access his address from there, but now Contacts is missing.
It takes a long while before I find it and input the address (silly me, it was under the Phone app), and I finally get to the sending part (with lots of trouble inputting text in the small phone screen), but now the 3G connection is acting up, and refuses to send the email. I don’t know if this was because of that specific email, but it really won’t go.
By this time, I was seething with frustration. I finally decide to message the picture to myself, and then get it from the MacBook. But it turns out the app won’t send the pic while it was in Personal Hotspot mode, which of course it was in. So I email the picture to myself, and it sends, although damned slow. And the Macbook takes it’s sweet time to retrieve it from the server. Slow to send, slow to retrieve. But finally it gets to me.
So I email the guy from the MacBook Pro, and send him the pic. It takes a long while again because, like I said, the 3G connection was acting up. But it finally goes through, and I text the guy that I sent him the email with the picture. Finally.
He verifies the payment and then texts me the code.
By now it’s 11:15.
How can such a little thing take up so much of my friggin’ time?