I'm feeling a little under the weather today, but I had to go out twice to sort out an electricity billing matter.
I didn't like the early afternoon heat,
but how lovely it was when I stepped into the shade, say, of someone's streetside shop.
Why can't we keep the heat where we want it (in micropower plants, in boilers, and so on) and have shade where we want it (in our homes, offices, wherever we are)?
Is that not what science and engineering have been doing for years? Helping us control energy?
For the electric billing, what annoyed me so much was that this was my second visit, and then I had to wait, and then the customer service rep did me dis-service by asking me to get even more paperwork and come again.
So I feigned a fit (they're never really real, are they) and said I would need to see her manager because their processes suck (she wouldn't like me to see her manager, I could see in her eyes), and it is HER job to make this easy;
and then I tried but the new paperwork probably doesn't exist, and it's all a scam anyway, and that got me thinking:
1. ask google, because there'd be many sites telling me how to pay my power bill without dealing with all the human nonsense - and I have asked, and I have found these sites explaining "how to buy IKEDC units power" etc
2. ask someone to investigate where this money is going. My actual power usage would cost a laughably small amount, say 600naira per month.
You see why we need investigators?
I would beware of online payment portals, it's too easy to set up a fake one, and entering card data online on ANY NIGERIA PORTAL is at the very best an invitation to get defrauded at some point. I'm still trying to get a response from the Central Bank from an old fraud case. The bank won't refund, to which I say but if you're not liable then you have no incentive to protect my card/account which I didn't use in any special way anyhow, only used at ATMs and shops. Now I no longer use the card at shops - I withdraw cash first and take that to the point of sale. It's a shame.
First, I'm going to do the human nonsense, this is Nigeria after all: I'll get some units on my prepaid electricity card by the buddy system, screw the backpayment.
I'll hope there's an exposé at some point that tells poor residents not to pay the inflated amounts into the strange Zenith Bank accounts or wherever. It's so not fair; these people can't buy any luxuries for Christmas and have to save it all to feed the power scam.
I'll go to the beach and enjoy the country.
Do you know how perfect it is in the morning and evening when it's a mild 25ish degrees and just leafy paradise?
I'm still trying to find my passion - to find the word to describe it. But talking about things and getting people to locate their anger is part of it. Blogging? Policy (Social engineering?) Engineering itself? Even fashion? And urban design. Definitely teaching.
But the passion, should it be one thing?
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