[잉그리드의 전주살이] Different Problems
[잉그리드의 전주살이] Different Problems
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  • 승인 2018.11.01 18:08
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I freely admit everyone has problems, but my friends tell me my problems seem to be a little more unique than others. And I swear they are stupid problems. Last year I got a credit card as usual when the last one expired, but my bank had changed from KEB to KEBHana. For some stupid reason beyond me, they reversed my name. It has a longer expiration date, but why the hell did they reverse my name? Some of the internet shopping had no problem but for some I was a new customer. So I just went with it and made new accounts. Now, in most things except my passport, in which it is required, I only use my first and last name, not my middle name. My name is unique. It is only shared with two other women in the world but I got it first and for them it is their married names. But somewhere down the line paperwork got buggered up and i had to change my name at the phone company because my immigration card uses most of my foreign name. Not all of it. There is not enough room for all the letters in my middle name so when I arrange for packages to go through customs they have to have my strange almost full name but with the abbreviated middle name. The post office and immigration have to contact a phone number with exactly the correct name. So off to the phone company I went.




Well before all that kerfluffle, I had signed up with Netflix but because I was currently dealing with the name change on my credit card, I couldn't complete it with Netflix because KEBHana did not like me doing any shopping over the internet and blocked everything new. I could do all I wanted when it was KEB but Hana had all these stupid protocals to run through and I could not shop without a Korean friend and sometimes the help person from the credit card company. Finally that got fixed but I forgot about Netflix. My friend Sherry visited in the summer and recommended it to me so after she left I finished the application. And it was great. I caught up on some shows and got to watch new ones. Until I wanted to see one that the Korean government decided was "mature". I have to have my age checked by some other agency and if I am over 19 then I can watch it. I filled out the age verification. Wouldn't work. My name that I signed up with does not have the abbreviated middle name. So I had to ask Netflix to change my name. They did. Then I tried again. The damned verification program claimed that I was born in 2002. I contacted Netflix again. They thought that perhaps my birthdate was entered wrong on the telephone application. You know, an autocorrect type of thing. But on the weekend I tried again and I got the number through the phone to enter into the program to get clearance to watch mature programming, entered the number and then again it said the information did not match because I was born in 2002. I finally finished all my obligations at work early so i went to the telephone office to check on it and the woman who was helping me said that it had the correct birth year and found me a direct line to Netflix, instead of the message service.




So before I called today I tried one more time to watch "The Good Place". I clicked on it, expecting to get the same stupid irritating form to prove my age (like really, how often do we have to prove how old we are when we are over forty?). And what happened? The show started. I must really love television to go through all that just to watch some. But truly, none of this stuff happens as much to other people than it does me. I feel like I am under a special curse of stupid crap that can only happen to me. But at least I can watch some good English language tv now. But the age verification has to be redone every year. I will let you know how things go next year.


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