Slippery Customer

A simple morning’s local shopping in Daddy’s Spanish village.

My name’s Sonic, Daddy’s boy cat, and this is my story.










A 20 minute round trip and Daddy returns home.









So back to his apartment Daddy comes.





Daddy arrives home laden down with cat food.






Good or bad,Β  Daddy unconditionally loves us all.Β  We love him too.

Love Sonic xxx ❀


Talking of money, I bought a birthday gift for a friend on Amazingzon which should have been easy as I had an account with the online store.Β  Hah !Β  They would not accept my credit card.Β  Oh boy !

I tried a few times then realised I had a new credit card from my bank, so I changed the details and it still didn’t go through.Β  So I called the phone number on the back of the Spanish credit card.

If you speak English ….. press 2

If you have a credit card problemΒ  ….. press 4


If you need an operator ….. press 16


All our operators are busy ……press 120


Do you wish to speak to an Indian lady from Mumbai …… press 305


If you are still there …… press 1432


Hello. This is the Hot Chick line.Β  Con-u-out-of-your-money speakin…

I must have pressed the wrong digits.Β  Honest !Β  So I try again.Β  Eventually I got through.

How may I help. This isΒ Abhilaasha speaking.

My card doesn’t work online and it has been activated.

For your security I must ask you these questions.

How old was your father on his 60th birthday ?

Umm ….. 30 ?

Correct !Β  When is your birthday ?

Why ?Β  Are you going to send me a card ?

Correct !Β  Your card was activated for use in a cash-point and in stores , but not for online use.


How much do you wish to spend online ?

Enough for a present and to renew my WP account.

Your card is now activated for online use.

Thank you.Β  Bye !


And it worked !Β  I bought the present from Amazingzon.Β 

All this hoohaa reminded me to update my credit card details with WP.Β  If I lose my WP premium theme and domain name at the end of this month, you know where I will be …..

Phoning flippin’ India !

And I’m not buying a new pair of slippers online.Β  Just in case.Β  πŸ˜€


Do you like pretty paper ?


Ralph xox ❀


121 Comments on “Slippery Customer

    • Hmmm. Cats love pretty paper. You have to get one, or…….place pretty paper on the floor yourself Melinda. There has been three times when I’ve gone to the local shop and had forgotten my wallet. Also I have got halfway down the road still in my slippers. I blame my cat. Ralph xox ❀

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  1. I just noticed that typo “I hope you didn’t really fall down those stairs”. Sorry about that.

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    • Please don’t worry Leslie. In fact I enjoyed your comment of DID as it’s unexpected, out of the ordinary and I can have fun with it. Owing to my balance problems every time I go down the two flights of stairs to the street it’s like I’m a finalist in the Olympic Ski Jumping. I’m bound to go flying one day. It’ll make a good post πŸ˜€ Ralph xox ❀

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  2. i hope you are okay, ralph. thank god for those cats! and maybe get slippers with thick rubber treads on them for future trips out of the house )

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    • I’m okay Beth. Great idea ! I’ll contact Formula One motor racing tyre/tire makers and ask them to send me a set of wet weather slippers with deep treads. Hugs. Ralph xox ❀

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    • India Jones is a wimp compared to my kitties Gallivanta. Lovely comment. Thank you my friend. Ralph xox ❀

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    • Hi Mihran. I’m fine thank you. Ah, the cats ! Say no more !
      I hope you and your family have a lovely week. Ralph πŸ˜€


  3. I did not know before that bank can put restriction on card for online purchase. I am wondering that is common.

    Like Pretty paper? I would say I do like pretty paper.

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    • The Spanish government has clamped down on bank accounts. Everyone who has an account must prove identity by 30th April 2015 or the account is frozen. I was okay. If any deposit is made that is out of the ordinary ( ordinary meaning pay slips, pensions) the account holder must show docs to prove it’s legit. Online credit card approval was new to me and it was also quite a shock when she asked me what I needed it for and how much.
      Heehee. I think we all like pretty paper YC. Ralph πŸ˜€

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      • I knew I forgot something else to add to the list YC. I had to notify my bank if I was going to used my card on vacation in another country.


    • Heehee. Thanks Diana. The shop assistants here speak no English at all and they haven’t got a till. They just add things up on a piece of paper. Ralph xox ❀

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    • Thank you so much Grainne. It’s nice to know that you enjoyed this post. We all need to smile sometime. Ralph xox ❀

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  4. Maybe a mattress at the bottom of the stairs in case you ever try to fly. πŸ˜‰
    The paper here is drab. But I like like drab paper too. 8)

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    • Yay ! What a great idea Katie ! It’s also handy if the cats lock me out πŸ˜‰
      I understand. Drab because the designer had no imagination. I like Monopoly paper as it’s worth more and you get houses as well, all in a box πŸ˜‰
      Ralph xox ❀


  5. lol. if your cat really did take the money out of your wallet I’d love to see that! I don’t know that any of our cats would have the capability. Hope you don’t expire out of your account here, Ralph. You’d be missed.

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    • lol. No ! I used a bit of poetic licence, mainly using my cats to enhance my own errors and stupidity Diahann πŸ˜€
      In 6 days I will know if my credit card is accepted by WP. *crossing fingers*. The annoying thing is that I have money in my account and the bank keeps changing the rules and cards. Have a lovely week my friend. Ralph xox ❀

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  6. I’m having one of my brain-go-slow days, I reckon. I thought “Pretty paper”, what in aitch is Ralph talking about? Is he wrapping gifts for us? Finally, the penny (we don’t even have them any more, come to think of it) dropped. (Clang!)

    OK, you fell down the stairs once, but not three times, I hope? That’s a well stocked cat pantry, is there any room for your food?

    Cheers, chappy. oxo ❀

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    • Brain-go-slow days ? Clang ! May I join your club Yvonne ?
      Luckily there is a handrail. I have slipped a few times, but haven’t had a nose dive, backward somersault with two twists, piked, quite yet, but I know it’s coming πŸ˜€
      I don’t need food in the apartment as my neighbour cooks for me, but I have a cupboard full of nibbles, choccy bickies etc. Does that count ?
      You may have noticed I haven’t commented on your recent posts as I can’t find a fissure in which to be funny. Maybe next post πŸ˜€
      Ralph xox ❀

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  7. I’m SO excited! we are taking delivery of a kitten in a couple of weeks. Not sure what Mr C Snout or the canaries will make of it, but I’m happy! πŸ˜€ xox

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    • Yay ! A kitty with Lottie ! I am sure the rest of your zoo will take to your kitty. It’s good to be happy. Ralph xox ❀


    • I don’t know what I would do without my cats Sylvia. The other day I was writing a comment and halfway though went to the fridge to top up my drink. When I came back Samantha was laying on the keyboard. There was a strange pop-up on the screen and hundreds of “f”s filling up the comment. The cats are such a help πŸ˜‰ Ralph xox ❀


    • It would be impossible Drake. I think I am my cat’s right paw man πŸ˜‰ Ralph πŸ˜€

      ps. I pressed Post Comment and your comment disappeared and I found it in Trash. The wonders of WP !

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  8. Hahaha. Where would you be without your cats, Ralph? 🐱But they’d be lost without you, too. It’s getting more and more difficult to buy anything online with a credit card these days…

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    • Heehee. So true Julie. I think both my cats and I are lost anyway πŸ˜€
      Luckily I hardly use my credit card online, but when I do, it always seems to be a hassle, as you say.
      Ralph xox ❀


  9. Sonic is such a Cool Cat and I enjoyed his version of events today. He has a trick or two up his furry sleeve, too. it’s a wonder those sharp little claws didn’t rip that pretty piece of paper to sheds. Great conversation with the credit card people. It reminded me of some we’ve had, and we’re not living in Spain. Glad you got your new card sorted… Heaven forbid you wouldn’t be able to renew your WP account. πŸ˜€

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  10. Lol Ralpha, I do love pretty paper but I do NOT like phoning India. They should avhe the press button 5 for lie down in a darkened room with an ice pack on the head and a G and T. PRIOR to dealing with these call centres

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  11. I adore pretty paper! Almost as much as I adore mac ‘n cheese. I hope to find it knee-deep on my floor but alas it’ll have to be a Sugar Daddy as kittens make me sneeze πŸ˜€

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    • lol. I am sure that one day a Sugar Daddy will turn up with a mac ‘n cheese & lots of pretty paper Karin …… oh, and tissues as he’ll have a tiger kitty in tow πŸ˜‰ Ralph xox ❀

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  12. Dear Ralph, you need a handrail….then you need to HANG ON TO IT when you go up or down the stairs….It being the handrail that is. πŸ˜‰ ps we seem to have lost the sun, is it up your way?! Wendy x

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    • There is a handrail Wendy. The problem is my legs do their own thing sometimes. Yes, it is funny weather, but gorgeous today and this evening is quite warm indoors. Ralph xox ❀

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  13. Great post, very funny. And I’m glad you didn’t actually fall down the stairs. Time to teach the cats to call 911 – or whatever the emergency number is over there.

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    • Thanks LB. That’s a great idea to teach my cats how to use the phone. I’ll try it ! πŸ˜€ Ralph xox ❀

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    • No, but so nearly did I make a dive. Glad you are living on a ground level now. Just keep off the roof and off the top of a wardrobe MVBFM. πŸ˜‰ Ralph xox ❀


  14. You are amazing spinning a yarn with photos! here’s hoping you didn’t really fall down the stairs three times. That wily Sonic. He’s so purrty though πŸ™‚
    The post here says one week; we’ll see how accurate their guestimate is for it to actually arrive to you, friend!
    Love seeing your smiling face, but the kitties are pretty sweet substitute.

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    • Thank you Katrina. It’s fun developing these cat posts. I love doing them. Luckily I didn’t fall, almost !
      Oh wow, thanks for sending it. I’ll let you know as soon as it arrives.
      You missed reading the 3 posts before this one as there is a lot of me on show. lol. Enjoy πŸ˜€
      Thinking of you at breakfast my dear friend. Hugs. Ralph xox ❀


  15. Dear friend Ralph,

    Next time, put Sonic on the phone to the bank and he’ll have everything sorted out in no time! πŸ™‚


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    • lol. Great one dear Nancy. I wonder if the bank has a telephone centre in Meowland. Might as well ! Ralph xox ❀


  16. I think Sonic has put together a great post – his computer skills are very advanced and he clearly deserves to be rewarded with an organised and well stocked cat food cupboard. I hope Samantha is going to show us who really wields the influence in the household (girl power Samantha!).
    Last time I had to speak to a call centre in Bangalore the lady tried to tell me her name was Tracy (as if!) and kept telling me she was sorry for my loss (sticking strictly to the script). Could I describe the items I had left behind on the train? A red yoga cushion and a Co-Op carrier bag containing two boxes of OatSoSimple. Tracy clearly had trouble trying to visualise my lost items but gave me a reference code and after the statutory two weeks the case was closed – no yoga cushion and no instant porridge : (
    I’m with the bloggers who say you should put Sonic on the case next time you need to activate a credit card but don’t let him loose on Amazingzon with said credit card or who knows what the Amazingzon drones will be trying to deliver to your door : D TTS

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    • Oh wow ! I am way behind in answering your long and entertaining comment TTS. Busy couple of days I’m afraid, but I am here now !
      Samantha does have a girl power influence on Sonic and me sometimes πŸ˜€
      Great Bangalore story. Tracy ! lol
      Yes. Goodness knows what a cat would buy on Amazingzon. 2 tons of cat litter maybe πŸ˜‰
      Ralph xox ❀

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      • What would a cat buy on Amazingzon? Whole new post… Sonic could buy a colour photocopier for pretty paper and Samantha one of those cat hammocks so she could keep an eye on you boys whilst pretending to be asleep XOX TTS

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  17. Thank you for liking my “Illiteracy in America Infographic.” What a funny post! If only my cats were as helpful as yours! πŸ™‚ Most of the time when I am about to go out they go in front of me and get in my way. This is usually their tactic for getting me to give them food or to let them outside. They don’t care that I am in a hurry, and they usually ignore me when I try to tell them that. πŸ™‚

    I like pretty paper, especially if I find it unexpectedly around the house. I was moving some things around the house the other day and came across a wallet I have not seen for a long time. I opened it up and found $5! πŸ™‚

    I am glad that you have managed to hang on to the handrail and not fall down the stairs.
    My dad tries to avoid stairs now because of his balance problems. Take care of yourself, Ralph. πŸ™‚

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    • Heehee. I am totally there with you when the cats start their antics. Mine run ahead, lay down and roll over blocking my path. You can’t tell them, I know !
      Yay ! $5 ! Must be an omen πŸ˜€
      Your Dad is probably wise to avoid stairs. I wanted an apartment with a view. I could have bought a house, but for a single person it would be too much. So I chose to live on the top floor. Best decision ever for me.
      Take care yourself Arlene and have a lovely weekend.
      Ralph xox ❀

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      • It makes me laugh to know that your cats will actually get down on the floor and roll over in front of you to block your way! πŸ™‚ Yes, they listen to you only when they want to! πŸ™‚

        I hope finding money is a good omen. It is certainly a nice surprise when it happens. πŸ™‚

        I am glad that you are happy living where you are. Yes, I think a house is hard for a single person to manage if you have health problems. My dad would have a difficult time staying in our house if he was completely alone because he would not be able to maintain it properly.

        Thanks for your concern, Ralph. I hope you have a wonderful weekend too. πŸ™‚

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  18. Well, you had a busy day. And, I want to know; just how big is India? It doesn’t matter what company I telephone, or what country I’m ringing from, I always talk to someone from India πŸ™‚

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  20. Ralph, that is soon hilarious, I couldn’t stop laughing. Oh man! One of your most funniest posts. In love the fact the cat ‘looks after you’ or is secretly a spy!! Spying your money and eying it up. Love the foreign accent bits and the call centre stuff. I can so vividly imagine it x

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  21. Lol, so cute. I’m thinking Sonic may have had something to do with that credit card caper, lol. And I also hope you didn’t fall down the stairs???? xo ❀

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    • lol. I am so cute ….. oh ….
      I wouldn’t put it past Sonic to be using my credit card while I’m asleep and, no, I didn’t fall down the stairs, but I have had a few closed calls πŸ˜€ Ralph xox ❀

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  22. Sonic is really amazing! He found your wallet & your cash. What a smart cat! Hope you didn’t hurt yourself falling down the stairs.
    Well, I’m exhausted from 15 hour days & am hitting the hay after this hilarious post.
    xoxo ❀ #####<<<<<#<<#<#####< (sorry, I'm so tired I'm slurring the secret code!)

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    • Thanks Resa. Glad you enjoyed this post my friend.
      I hope you are not overdoing it as those are looooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooong days ! Maybe you should ask for a pay rise if all you can find to sleep on is hay πŸ˜‰ heehee.
      Have a lovely weekend slurring secret codes.
      Ralph xoxoxoxox ❀ ⭐ ### ⭐ ❀


    • “Milk in a pan never boils over. It just waits for you to turn your back on it for one second”
      – Ralph van Ralph

      Hey AJ. Have a lovely weekend. Ralph xox ❀

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  23. I think i went through some obscure porthole , that left me wafting on a somewhere place … close to insanity. Comic strips, falling down stairs, pretty paper, and subversive moggies. * scratches head* Random comments and i think hilarity. Now I know there are people crazier than myself I will pop back again soon. πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹πŸ˜²πŸ˜¨πŸ˜²πŸ˜˜

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    • Heehee. Hi Ellen ! Welcome to the pothole …..umm ….porthole obscura entry to my blog. Waft as much as you like. Thank you so much for the head scratching and your great comment. Have a wonderful weekend. Ralph xox ❀

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    • Okay Binky. Daddy’s got plenty. We could go toy shopping ! Thank you. Have a great weekend yourself…… sleeping ! Sonic & Samantha with love + S xxx ❀

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  24. Sonic… he is certainly Daddy Ralph’s boy cat…
    You are so lucky to have him and Samantha dear friend… Not to mention that you are luckier to find your wallet… even if you had never lost it! o_O
    Happy weekend… peace and best wishes! Aquileana πŸ˜€

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    • lol. Thank you for your great comment Amalia and I hope you are having happy weekend yourself. I am, after reading your words. Ralph xox ❀
      ps. I call you Amalia because I can't spell Aquaduct …..Aquarium …… I give up ! πŸ˜‰ lol


  25. Dear Ralph, you are probably the funniest person in the world and your cats are really smart. I guess sometimes it would be fantastic to know what cats think about us. πŸ˜€
    Glad that the card worked in the end. πŸ˜‰
    XOXO Julia ❀

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    • Awww ! You are so sweet Julia. Thank you from myself and my smarty pants cats.
      Yes. My card is okay and has been accepted by WordPress which took this year’s annual payment a few days ago. I’m so happy that it worked.
      I hope that you have a lovely weekend. Ralph xoxox ❀


  26. Your pretty paper looks prettier than mine! πŸ™‚ I will need some of your paper in August when I visit my cousin and family and friends in Germany. πŸ™‚

    ❀ carmen

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    • I hope you have a lovely time in Germany Carmen. Boy, is it hot today, 40C+ and summer has only really begun here. Happy Sunday ! Ralph xox ❀


  27. Hahaha! Ralph, you have two of our favourite things in here Coca Cola and Catfood! Oh and that beautiful paper, my niece gave me a similar present. But wait, I’lI tag you in it in my next post 😊

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    • That’s nice !
      3 C’s. Chantal, Coca Cola and Catfood.
      3 S’s. Shekinah, Sonic and Samantha.
      3 R’s. Nothing ! Hey, wait ! Oh, no ! Tagging !
      3 R’s. Ralph, Rage and Ripping hair out. Heehee
      Ralph xox ❀


  28. Oh dear Ralph!
    You always crack me up. πŸ˜†
    I hope you really didn’t fall down the stairs.
    xx Saludos y Abrazos xx

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