So frustrated right now.  The price of groceries in this town is freaking ridiculous.  Our sponsor recommended we use netgrocer.com to purchase some goods, as they usually arrive in two to three weeks, which will help us save at least some money until our HHE and all of the consumables we purchased in DC arrive. 

So yesterday I spent an hour putting together a netgrocer.com order.  Then I attempted to pay for it using Paypal.  Paypal locked me out of my account until I entered the checking account associated with the card.  Well unfortunately the account number I entered was associated with Joey's PayPal account and so PayPal locked both accounts.  At this point I still have no idea that I'm using a Nigerian IP address, and so I'm going to our bank website trying to figure it out, back to our PayPal accounts - all over the place for about two hours.  Finally, defeated, I decide to try again tomorrow.

Last night one of our friends told us the internet in the library was not on a secure line.  Awesome.  Luckily today I was finally granted access to the computer lab.  I thought I saw two suspicious transactions but Joey checked them and we're okay.  I spent another two hours redoing my netgrocer order and trying to figure out PayPal.  Unfortunately we're both still locked out of our accounts.  Which also means we're locked out of netgrocer and locked into exhorbitant prices on laundry detergent and paper towels.  But I suppose I'm glad that PayPal is paranoid because I ignorantly exposed myself to fraud.


  1. I hate that Netgrocer is attached to paypal, but it is a good store. Yes, being secure is good, but I get tired of jumping through hoops, esp. if it something that gives you the notice that you MUST call 'our toll free number' in the US, within limited hours, to unlock it :p I hope you get all your accounts settled so you can shop.

  2. http://www.witopia.net/index.php/products/

    get thee a VPN service. the one linked above is great.... i have the $60/month one, but you could probably use the $70/month one. these will provide you with fantastic security, access to your personal info states-side, and netflix/hulu/other streaming video services states-side.

    i use it just for netflix, as the dominican isn't really as bad as nigeria, internet-security wise. but seriously, get a VPN service.

  3. shit, too bad you didn't leave us with some card info and we could've had it sent! i don't know how you're managing without internet..and when does the car arrive?? you'll have to start thinking of things you want sent in your first package from us!

    oh and p.s. tell mom to stop staying up til 4 am in hopes of getting to talk to you every night.