Last week, while my family was in Eilat for a long weekend vacation, I made my way to a shopping complex just outside my city.
I was there to do some research for our daughter’s birthday party (check!), look for running shoes (nope!), and one or two other errands.
While I was there, I thought I’d pick up a spare SIM card, just in case (… one of our kids lost their phones).
I thought this was admirably forward thinking on my part, especially given that this was the only place I could buy this SIM card nearby (in some respects, we’re pretty backwards here in Israel), and it usually involves a nauseating 30-40 minute bus ride to get there.
As it turned out, when my family returned home, my wife informed me that they had left my daughter’s phone in Eilat.
Not to worry, I thought, we could replace her cheap Nokia feature phone (an 8 year old really doesn’t need a smartphone), and it just so happens I have a spare SIM card!
I’m sure you can imagine how proud I was that I had the foresight to buy that spare SIM card!!
My wife and I went off to the mall so I could get a snappy haircut. While we were there, we bought our daughter a cool, new Nokia 3310 phone.
When we returned home, I went online, and activated the new SIM card. I placed it into our daughter’s new phone, and congratulated myself once again.
Not long afterwards, our son emerged from his bedroom with his phone, and casually asked me why his SIM card had stopped working.
It didn’t take me long to realise what I had done.
Oh, and once a SIM is deactivated, you can’t reactivate it.
And I was fresh out of SIM cards!
I took a quick look at my calendar, and realised that the only time I had to journey back to that store for a replacement SIM card was, well, today.
So, I tucked my pride, and sense of wonder at how well prepared I was just a few days ago, and started the journey back to the store.
I bought two SIM cards, just in case.
Thankfully I managed to activate the SIM card for the correct number, second time around. All it cost me was my Idiot Tax for not taking a couple extra seconds to check which phone number I was activating the first SIM card for, as I was basking in the warmth of my self-congratulation.