Friday, July 03, 2020

The old and the new

The old to begin with. I received a cheque today, something to do with demutalisation of our health fund. I'd like the money sooner rather than later. What do I do with a cheque? The bank was already closed so I went to the ATM, the Electric Bank. You used to have to deposit by putting cash or a cheque into an envelope that a drawer opened for you to take out and put your deposit into. Now, quicker than a slot machine, the ATM swallows your deposit and amazingly read the cheque and asked me to confirm the amount being deposited. I think the last cheque I received would have been about 15 years ago and the last time I wrote a cheque, about 30 years ago.

The new. I Zoomed for our building's AGM. It all worked pretty well. I was using the desktop so no one could see me or hear me, but I could type in comments. It was longer than the usual AGMs and quite informative.

I have no plans for future Zooming, but I learnt a lot about self presentation when Zooming. Even the most glamorous fell apart after an hour. And just keep your hands away from your face.

We are away for a few days. See you next week.


42 comments:

  1. Enjoy your time away.
    I have zoomed once, and didn't warm to it.
    I still occasionally write cheques though.

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    1. Thanks EC. I'll email you my address as I would like to receive one of these cheques.

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  2. hAVE A FREAT TRIP.

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    1. Nicely settled in Gosia and cozy.

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  3. I haven't written a check in probably five years or so. I received one or two from my mom more recently, and we can take a photo of the check with our phone and "deposit" it using an app from the bank. We don't even have to go near a bank building or ATM. Very high-tech!

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    1. Steve, I was completely unaware of that method of depositing. Amazing.

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  4. All this technology and banking stuff is beyond my pay scale.. pathetic, I realise.

    Have a great break... take a warm jacket!

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    1. Hels, you just take what tech you need. Worst weather only 1 1/2 hours from home.

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  5. A cheque! I didn't know anyone still used those. Oh, wait, Medicare sends cheques to be forwarded to doctors still. I'm waiting on one to send back to the ENT.

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    1. River, I only had to set it up once but when I pay at any medical practice the Medicare rebate is credited to my bank account. But I know not all practices do that.

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    2. Same here unless you see a specialist which is the ENT about the nose bleeding which seems to be settling down now.

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  6. I Zoom twice a week when I go to my Weight Watchers classes. One meeting is totally unsatisfactory. The other is (wicked) fun! (Wicked being a New England colloquialism for super or brilliant) Anyway, the second meeting has a great leader and I enjoy it.
    That being said, I always make sure this mop (hair) of mine is tamed!
    Have a good time away!

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    1. Sorry Maribeth. Wicked has been long used here in the same sense and I expect Jo would tell me it's an old people word.

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  7. I did the cheque deposit about 5 years ago several actually, just putting the cheque in an envelope nothing else back then. It was ever so easy and saved me waiting to see a teller.
    Have a nice time.

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    1. Yes Margaret, that is how I remember it worked.

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  8. I can't remember the last time I had anything to do with a cheque and as for Zooming, well done Andrew, probably a bit like Skyping I guess. Have a lovely time away 💜

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    1. Grace, I've not Skyped either. Thanks.

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  9. The US is behind the rest of the world on moving to electronic banking, I write 4 or 5 checks a month. The ATM deposit system works well. We used google hang-outs video chat 8 months out of the year for a decade when J was teaching at the other house. Zoom very much came naturally, I use it several time a week for work, and occasionally for personal conversations. It is not hard, you do need to remember to put trousers on.

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    1. Travel, Hangouts is another system I haven't used. I used Yahoo chat years ago and another system that alerted with a bird noise. America is advanced with tips being put on payment machines.

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  10. I deposit any cheques I get via my cellphone. And I do love Zoom meetings, maybe I attend enough to feel real aisy with them all. Maybe it's the unseen PJs I wear.

    Enjoy your mini vac.

    XO
    WWW

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    1. Aa in the UK WWW. On Zoom people see your face and maybe your top half. What is below is not seen.

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  11. I haven't used cheques in over 20 year at least, but at the Clinic we have 3 or 4 oldies who still pay with cheques.
    I joined our Zoom French classes in the beginning of the pandemic, but we are back to presential classes.
    Enjoy your mini holidays Andrew

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  12. Sami, I am truly surprised that anyone pays by cheque but then your profession still fax, lol.

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  13. Glad the ATM and ZOOM worked well.
    Enjoy your time away. We'll leave the light on for you.

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  14. Have a nice off time, wherever you are headed.

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  15. Enjoy your brief holiday.

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  16. Hang Tough Brother Man - Sending Positive Vibes

    Cheers

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    1. Feeling them in my bones Padre. Thanks.

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  17. I haven't used a check in a long time. Looks like I'm old-fashioned, left with others. But that's me 😊

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    1. Himawan, I am sure you are not old fashioned at all

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  18. We still use cheques for some things. Here you can deposit cheques or cash at a banking machine - we used to do everything in one envelope but recently they've changed it so you feed them into the machine with no envelope at all. It all feels very insecure to me!

    I've just been reading about the Melbourne lockdown, Andrew. Sounds serious.

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    1. Jenny, it was the first time I'd experience the system of machines taking your cash or cheque like that, but it worked, so all is well.

      Things became a whole lost worse since you commented.

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    2. I'm sorry to hear that, Andrew. Stay safe.

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  19. I hardly ever write a cheque. There's a couple of things I need them for. Our banking machines haven't required an envelope of deposits in a few years.
    This year I have been depositing cheques (from an elderly friend and a rebate company) using my phone.
    You're away? I thought you were in lockdown again.

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    1. We were away Jackie. We go back into lock down this coming Thursday.

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  20. Hope you're having fun:)

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    1. We had a very nice time, Sandra.

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