Yes, I am putting a fresh coat of spit and polish on my soapbox preparatory to my latest rant. Please feel free to either read on or simply move on down to the links.
I am old school. I don't like cell phones. I don't use a cell phone beyond for a couple of minutes once or twice a month to call in to the grocery store to tell them I'm there to pick up my grocery order. I have an old-fashioned flip phone and it's only for emergencies. I know, I should get with this century but if I don't need it why would I pay big bucks each month in order to have something I don't use.
OK - fast forward to the current times when the need is apparently arising for things called 'vaccine passports' in order to be able to use various services (like entering restaurants). I thought I had successfully avoided issues by printing a paper copy of our proof of vaccinations. Well, it appears that they've (the infamous 'they' who have nothing better to do than make everyone else's life miserable) already figured out how to forge the paper versions and now they are apparently not going to be acceptable forms of identification. Enter the new-fangled cell phone and the need for one. I wouldn't care about entering restaurants because that's something we rarely do (and haven't at all since covid hit) BUT we're planning to fly out to see our #2 son and his family in February and, guess what, we won't be able to get on the plane without showing that dad-gum 'proof of vaccination' and....guess what.....it will have to be on a phone.
Enter the assistance of #2 son's technical expertise and a suitable phone and cheap plan was sourced (luckily my credit on my current cell phone plan is transferable). All was good - until - the person on the other end of the phone informed me that I would need to provide (as proof of identification) my driver's license AND my Social Insurance Number. Now....wait just a hot minute....it's against the law for them to ask for the SIN number. The ONLY people who are allowed, by law, to require that are government agencies and employers. I told her that and she said I was wrong and that it was the only way I would be able to purchase a phone/plan. I told her that no, I believed I was correct and therefore would not be proceeding with the purchase at this time until I had time to check the facts.
Sure enough, a perusal of the Government Of Canada web site proved me to be correct. They are NOT allowed to ask for that information....well, actually they're allowed to "ask", but I am not legally required to provide same. I wonder just how many other people have been caught up in that particular snare and been railroaded into doing something that's totally against the law.
So....tomorrow I will be going to the cell phone store in person and will be prepared to do battle. We'll see what happens!!!
- Another involuntary aww from THIS one.
- THIS link leads to a PDF file for a really nice fabric basket.
- If you happen to be searching for ideas for Halloween costumes and decorations have a scroll through THIS site.
- I know I shared how to make one of THESE awhile ago but this is a different version.
- There's a good tutorial HERE for adjusting the waistband in jeans for a perfect fit.