my lady comes back from the states and brings me my new PayPal debit card that came in the mail a few weeks ago. right on the front of it is a sticker that says "ACTIVATE TODAY paypal.com/activatecard". easy enough, right? so I go to the URL, sign in, and there's nothing about activating the card at that link. after wasting a while searching their useless site for "activate card" and coming up with nothing useful, I go dig up the email they sent me a while ago, and click that link instead. now we're getting somewhere. I fill out the information requested by the form, and get:

Access Denied

You don't have permission to access "http://www.paypal.com/us/cgi-bin/debitcardweb?" on this server.

Reference #18.a6028dbb.1490200416.4d5e8e2

"ah", I think, "I should have gone through a US proxy." so I set up a tunnel to my box running privoxy and connect through Firefox. same result, only a different reference number, 18.a6028dbb.1490200996.4e2452b. such a pain in the ass. glad it's only every few years.

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