You’re so right, but here’s what happened to me while in Cancun. (probably too much info but kindly indulge me if you please)
I had “planned ahead” and went to the northeast side of Kansas city to one of the many “Latin American” stores in that part of town, and purchased a 10.00USD phone card that would allow me to call back from Cancun. Everything’s going great so far.
Well, we flew out Jan 16th at 07:30 in the middle of the winter season’s 1st snowstorm. Okay, still going good as we had stayed at the airport hotel in order to take advantage of the free “park and fly” offer with a night stay.
Later that afternoon, we’re in Cancun and call home to my Mother-in-laws house. She lives 3 hours west of KC and was to have driven in, picked up the kids, and driven home. We knew she wouldn’t be home yet, but were calling to leave a message.
“How are the kids?”
“I haven’t picked them up yet.”
“Where are my kids?”
“Still at the sitters”.
PANIC SETS IN.
Note: I had neglected to tell my wife that the babysitter and I had made arrangements for the kids to stay in the event the in-laws could not make it.
That call, and one to the sitter (who doesn’t answer phone calls from unknown numbers) pretty much burned up my 10.00USD prepaid.
Then we begin the process of trying my long distance card. I had switched from AT&T and had no idea what the access codes were or anything. AT&T prints the access codes for all of the Caribbean in the morning paper though, this was a real “Homer Doh!”
We were hesitant to use the TELMEX cards because you have NO IDEA how much time you get. So we made a 50.00USD mistake, and swiped our Visa card. This put us through to the sitter, who of course had no idea how much panic and frustration was at our end, and proceeded with a somewhat leisurely conversation about the weather and other things.
Later we purchased the TELMEX card and used it fairly easily. It is intimidating though, you’re in a foreign country, things are SNAFU at home, there’s this payphone that is the size of New Jersey, and your parsimonious nature kicks in, next thing you know, you’re screwed. Being a tightwad isn’t an easy life. You drive across town on empty to save 4 cents on a gallon of gas, but you pay 8.00USD for a beer at a Chiefs football game.
So anyway, I’m considering doing the renting thing for piece of mind.
I think I need help. Maybe a trip to AC.