Missing car ownership is something I hardly ever do. Today, I miss it.
Disbursing money to our scholarship girls is one of my duties as IWC treasurer. On paper it seems simple enough.
- The chairlady of the scholarship committee sends me an email detailing how much is due to each student.
- I deposit the amount in their bank accounts.
Sounds simple, doesn’t it? It is a simple easy system. Unfortunately, I have been trying to do it for a week now with no success. What’s the hold up? I can’t find three or four hours in a row free to go to the bank. Two of the girls have taken advantage of Santander’s free account for students and the third has her account with HSBC. Now, I won’t go to the bank on the 1st or the 15th of the month because of quincena (paydays on the 15th day),for the same reason Fridays and Saturdays are out of the question too.
The nearest Santander bank is a half hour walk from my house, so that accounts for an hour of the time. The last time I went there I stood in line for ninety minutes since I am not an account holder. They only had three tellers and some of those people took what seemed like forever, my transaction took less than five minutes by the way. So assuming that the gods are kind and I only spend an hour in line at each bank that accounts for my three hour minimum.
Having a car would mean that I could easily go to one of the less busy branches of these banks further from my house.
Calling a cab and having them wait while I do the club’s banking is another option. However, I can’t see asking the club to pay a hundred or more pesos every time I needed to go to the bank. That would be the most convenient option but the most expensive one. It goes against the grain for me to do something so frivolous when I am capable of walking.
The other cab option would be to dismiss the cab and hope that I could flag down another one in a timely manner as I bank hopped. Even if all the cabs charged the minimum of twenty pesos that’s sixty pesos for three cabs. I don’t think I would save any time unless the lines were spectacularly shorter. I could call and ask for a cab to be sent to the bank but when phoning for a cab to pick me up, invariably, the dispatcher tells me it will be 20 to 30 minutes. Calling again after waiting the stated time, many times the dispatcher explains that there are no taxis in my area and asks me if I want to wait further.
It seems to me that no matter what I do, it will take a lot of time. Something that normally I have in excess, but between being under the weather, having appointments, waiting for people who canceled on me it just hasn’t happened.