Saturday, April 14, 2007

it's been great knowing you

First Internet Bank and I go way back. We were first introduced to each other during my lucrative internship at Progressive Insurance after my sophomore year in college. There, I had about one week's worth of work to do in about 14 weeks. Needless to say, I spent a lot of time browsing the Web and doing all sorts of "research," most of which was in no way related to work (ok... so it was related in how I was going to spend on the money I was making).

Aside from doing tons of research on computer components, which catapulted me to the Top 10 internet users at the 30,000+ employee company (and got me a nice chat with my manager about how I did download this large manual on the programming language I was supposed to be learning), I explored banking options. After all, I needed some good place to stash away all the money I was getting for my supposed "work" that I was "doing." This is where we first met up.

The rest of that is history. It's been a good 6 years. However, I have to say that our relationship just isn't as passionate as it used to be. It's still nice how you treat me to free ATM usage wherever I want, but sometimes it's the little things that count. Like being there when I need you the most. It's OK for some other bank's Web site to be down, but it's really starting to bother me when you're unavailable on occasion without any real reason. Why?

Then today I found out that maybe there are better banks out there. Read this:

Maybe it's really time to move on... I have been seeing someone else. You know about this other bank. We've done stuff together before. ING Direct is a bit stingy though. I can only use sketchy budget ATMs. You let me go wherever I want. I guess that counts for something. But really, I could use a little bit more love over here.

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