The cashier rings up the groceries.
I slide my check card through the black plastic card reader.
The cashier says, "Your total is $53.09."*
The black plastic card reader asks for my PIN.
I stand there, confused. Disoriented.
Something's wrong, and I'm not sure what.
PIN? PIN? This is an easy question. Why am I unsure of the answer?
I look at the total on the screen. $53.09.*
The confusion clears. My PIN is 5309.* My total is $53.09.*
For a heartbeat, my financial universe is in alignment.
*Like me, my PIN has a pseudonym.