Here, on land, in Canada, we are starting to set up a few of the essentials of a 'real life' ashore. This can occasionally throw up interesting situations, I'll try to report on some of them.
The other day, it was time to get back to having a mobile (or 'cell') phone. Off I go to the store, having done some research and wanting a 'pay as you go' or prepaid phone.
'Sure sir, but have you thought about a monthly plan?'
'I have no address or credit history'
'You'll be wanting a prepaid then.'
So I choose one and he goes to activate it. His computer asks for various information.
'Er, I need an address, maybe where you are staying?'
'OK' and I give him Ian's address
'That's why I'm here'
'No, we need a home phone number.'
'Well, why not just put the store number?'
'We can't do that, they need to call it. Maybe we can put your buddy's number?'
'Why do they call?'
'Oh, they always do a customer survey about a week later.'
'Hm. So they'd say hi, the guy who stayed with you a week ago bought a phone from us, do you think he's happy with it?'
'Mmmm. OK, let's put the store number.'
So now I'm back in the world of the mobile phone, sigh.