Time is Money

But do not expect corporate America to recognize your effort to keep your time from being stolen with impunity.

I had to order new checks today for an account I’ve had for 29 years–much longer than the original bank lasted. Having lent improperly to the Sea Island Company, the Coastal Bank of Georgia went belly up and then got incorporated into something called Synovus.

Since I write fewer than a dozen checks a year on that account, I only ran out today with number 1321. I was not surprised that it took two iterations to place an order online since I also had to figure out how to avoid the speedy delivery charge, which, like Amazon, the purveyors were trying to append by default. But then, I was surprised when the program announced I could not be helped at all and should call the bank.

Calling on my cell phone was relatively easy. Waiting 45 minutes (the promised wait time was 12) for a real live person was tedious. But, the only reason I’m mentioning it is because, it turns out that the banks were swamped with inquiries from people who were advised to use their add-ons to check whether the relief funds had arrived in their accounts. Neither the Treasury, nor the IRS nor the banks has thought to notify the account holders that they had made deposits.

I knew because younger son had discovered the deposit form January 1, 2021 over the weekend. If we get a check, it will likely be paper even though the pension is deposited directly each month. Pensioners are, presumably less stressed than working folk and that is actually correct. We still have not gotten out of the habit of penalizing the young and middleaged and rewarding the elderly. Why? The answer is actually simple. Because old people have historically cast more votes. 2020 should prompt a reevaluation.