PayPal vs. Nathan Frick: Day Two

I shared my letter to PayPal with their twitter account and I have received a mention asking me to send them my email so they can investigate because they are “absolutely here to help!” I have sent them my email and hopefully they will fix my account, but I think they still deserve another letter, so here it is.

Hi PayPal,

Happy Wednesday! Wednesday probably isn’t as exciting for PayPal employees as the rest of the workforce because you have to actually achieve things for the first few days of the week to truly appreciate the run into the weekend.

Tonight I am watching The Blind Side on TV. Have you seen it? If you haven’t you should. It’s a great movie. It truly shows how one person can truly change a life. Of course the most exciting thing about this movie is that Michael Oher, the main character, was on the SuperBowl XLVII winning Baltimore Ravens. Incredible isn’t it? He went from never having had a bed to now having a SuperBowl ring.

It’s nice to give things. It’s nice to earn things. This of course means you have access to your money. Which I don’t. Because PayPal are shafting me worse than Ron Jeremy (world renowned Porn Star) (I made a Porn Star reference in my last email so I think I am going to make it an ongoing thing).

I thought today a sporting motivational quote would be fitting (because I’m watching The Blind Side).

“The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person’s determination” – Tommy Lasorda

Please fix my account.

Nathan Frick

PayPal vs. Nathan Frick: Day One

So over the last few weeks I have been having a lot of trouble with PayPal. The short version is that PayPal shut down my account with no warning because apparently I hadn’t met the identity or business registration requirements in accordance with Australian law.

It is worth mentioning that I have uploaded all the required documentation, several times in the case of my driver’s licence. To prove it, I took a screen shot (because I am clever). Please note the date of uploading these documents. This along with 5 emails, 3 of which have gone unanswered, means I have done pretty much everything I can.

Considering we are trying to raise money for me to get to the US for treatment for a chronic neurological disorder, it is somewhat upsetting that PayPal are acting like douchebags. But I digress.

Even though they blocked my account without warning and despite the fact that I can’t access my money, I have decided that I am going to show PayPal the compassion and love because clearly they’re internal systems for resolving problems resemble the Porn Star rule – everything they touch they fu… Well you get the picture.

Here is today’s letter to PayPal, please fee free to share with your friends. I will post these letters to PayPal a couple of times a day until they do there job and fix my account. If you have any suggestions for quotes, song lyrics or even some poetry please contact me through the comments.

Nathan has done what PayPal asked. PayPal screws Nathan. Nathan sad.

Dear PayPal,

I am just going to continually email you until you respond to me and tell me what is going on with my account.

I am going to send you inspirational quotes as well. I figure you are not responding to me because you do not love your job which in part stems from a potentially unpleasant childhood or maybe even because you didn’t get the last cookie, but largely from the fact that PayPal’s internal procedures can be compared to the usefulness of tits on a bull. It is because of this that I am no longer angry at you, I just want to help you like I wish you would help me.

Here is today’s motivational quote: “Don’t wait for extraordinary opportunities. Seize common occasions and make them great.” – Orison Swett Marden

I hope you have a wonderful day.

Please fix my account.

Yours sincerely,

Nathan Frick

When ‘Thank You’ doesn’t even come close

We all have someone special in our lives. You know the one. That person that makes us smile when all we want to do is cry. The one person who no matter what happens in your life they are and always will be there for you. If you haven’t found that someone yet, this Valentine’s Day don’t be sad, be excited that one day your whole world will change in a way you could never understand and you will feel things that you could never hope to feel.

The special person in my life is my amazing wife Lizzy. She is smart, talented, passionate, loving, wonderful, beautiful and inspiring all without ever been anything more than herself. Every day I am thankful that she has made my life worth living again and every day I thank God that he honoured me by allowing Lizzy to be in my life.

Every day I tell her I love her and every day I thank her for the numerous things that she does that make my life easier, but it never feels enough. How do you tell someone that every breath they takes makes you love them even more? How do you truly communicate how much someone means to you, because words are never enough? I wish I could I buy Lizzy diamonds and Juicy Couture and Hello Kitty bling, but this year all I have are words and although they can never truly measure Lizzy’s importance to me, maybe they can try.

Lizzy, today and every single day we spend together on this Earth, thank you for being in my life. Thank you from the bottom of my heart and the soles of my feet. Thank you for making me lunch and dinner because we both know I wouldn’t eat if you didn’t. Thank you for researching medical terms. Thank you for giving me water even before I know I am thirsty. Thank you for holding my hand when I have an attack. Thank you for wiping the sweat from my face and putting a flannel on my head. Thank you for how passionate you are about making me better. Thank you for never asking me to be more than I am. Thank you for loving me despite all my flaws and failings. Thank you for putting up with my moods and my sadness and my anger. Thank you for touching my face in when I want to cry and taking the pain away. Thank you for believing in me, no matter what. Thank you for never doubting that one day I will be able to do all things I want to achieve. Thank you for never saying never. Thank you for being sassy and giving attitude. Thank you for your smile. Thank you for your sense of humour. Thank you for giving me hope and thank you for giving me faith.

Thank you for making me who I am when you are with me.

Thank you for loving me every second of every day and letting me see it in your eyes. I have never felt as happy, as dumb, as honest, as alive or as strong as I do when you look at me.

Thank you for giving me the strength to fight when I had no strength left.

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

I love you princess, and I always will.

God gave me you.

Thank you.

The reality of reality TV

I was doing my daily scour through the news of the day when I came across this interesting piece titled “Wes Carr ditches his own name, now performs as Buffalo Tales”.  Now for those of you unaware of Mr. Carr, who from now on will be referred to as Buffy, he won Australian Idol  in 2008.

You’re first thought, quite reasonably, is to question why Australian Idol was still running in 2008. Unfortunately I can’t answer that one for you. Even more unfortunately, I believe it is still running. You’re second thought is to ask why Buffy, having won this glorified edition of Red Faces would shy away from such an epic achievement.

Well the article explains that Buffy walked away from his original name because the character was ‘tainted’ and that to release his own music he had to get away because “I’ve got this Wes Carr thing hanging over my head that I have to kill off.”

Well I am the first to admit that having your own name and character hanging over your head can be quite oppressive. Completely understandable really. But you have to ask yourself is the ‘character’ of Wes Carr tainted, or his Buffy just a couple of cans short of a six pack?

This is probably the most frustrating aspect of our reality TV world – people go on shows such as Idol, X-Factor, Australia’s Got Talent etc. because they want to be heard. They want there talent to shine through and be recognised as people with a level of talent that is quite amazing. People whom, without these shows, would probably never be picked up.

But all too often a couple of years later they start realising that these often contrived shows have put some hideous black mark against there name.

To me, it’s all pretty simple. If you want to find fame through a commercial television show that pits talented individuals against each other in the race to win the ratings war, don’t be all that surprised if you are less than happy with the character you become in the eyes of the world.

However if you are going to go on these shows and hope to win, don’t then complain when things don’t go your way.

If the world of reality TV forces you to change your name, attempt to jump out of aircraft without a parachute and generally disrupt your life figure out why and make a change.

But don’t complain about how your name became known in every house in Australia and don’t denigrate the opportunity that you were fortunate enough to have.

Never doubt tha…

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.

This is without a doubt my favourite quote of all time. It’s a quote that highlights how everyone can change the world, if only you put your mind to it.

Changing the world and people’s lives isn’t about how much money you have or how many names you can drop. It is about a deep personal commitment to yourself, your faith and those around you because you want to be remembered for making a positive contribution to the world you live in.

So ask yourself a you a thoughtful, committed person who wants to make a difference, or are you simply filling in the time between each breath.

Welcome to 2013

The first day of the first month of a new year.

There are so many things I could list that I want to achieve this year but I’ve decided that making a list of specific goals is only setting myself up to fail.

So my idea is this. Try to be a better person by being a better husband, brother, son, friend and father and hopefully writing more than one blog a month.

So stay tuned you lucky enthralled reader you.

A new perspective

Well I have never been particularly good at writing a blog, even though I have always wanted to. Actually I have never managed to write a single blog post. So lucky you, you’re reading history.

Why this turn around? Why am I actually writing a blog post? Well you could say recent events have put life into a rather harsh perspective.

I am writing this from a hospital bed in Karratha. Last week I had a Transient Ischemic Attack, basically a relatively minor stroke. Given my age (27 for those of you playing at home), this is what you would call a big deal.

Did I die? Well obviously no. Has it caused permanent damage? No. Was it bloody scary losing all sensation and control of the right side of your body? You have no idea.

So I have decided to make some changes in life. Nothing too major – we all know what it’s like to make huge proclamations of change in our life only to have it all fall by the wayside as living gets in the way of it all.

I have done a lot of things already in my life and I like to think that I have made a difference in people’s lives somewhere along the way but if I want to hang around and keep making a positive difference in the world I am going to have to start taking care of myself better. A warning for all my friends who have gone onto greatness in their chosen fields – don’t let your health get away from you as I did. You mean too much to too many people, don’t wait for one day. I always said one day and for 30 terrifying minutes I wasn’t sure there would be a tomorrow, let alone ‘one day’.

Another change I want to make is to share my opinions and experiences more freely, hence a renewed commitment to blogging. There would be plenty of people who say I do too much of that already, but they’ll deal with it.

I am going to try to be OK with not being perfect. Life is a funny thing and I make mistakes, as do we all, and rather then beating myself up about it, I am going to try harder to just go with the flow.

Finally, I am going to pray more and I am going to try and be a better Christian. I guess as we are imperfect to start with you get a bit of lee-way with the whole being the best gosh-darn-tootin’ Christian the world has ever seen, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try to be better.

So when all is said and done I don’t necessarily want to be a better person, or a healthier person, or a smarter person – I don’t want to be another label, I just want to be the person who I think I am meant to be.

And if it all goes horribly wrong and I find myself without an answer, as I am sure I will, I will refer to an infamous Aussie who summed it up beautifully in just three simple words –

Such is life.