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Years ago, when I was making good money I would carry about half a paycheck around for spending money. It was just easier to cash my paycheck and pay for all my shopping with cash than it was to write a check and go through those awful check approval processes. And credit cards were an expensive convenience. So I used cash for everything but bills that had to be paid in the mail.
Now it is so much easier to use a debit card when shopping that I almost never use cash. The debit card is accepted just about every place that I go and I haven’t written a check in over 3 years.
As much I as I dislike banks, I’ve been a fan of alternative ways to handle money, especially if I can avoid credit cards and checks.
When Jim told me that he needed to buy a humbucker for his son for Christmas I thought he was making up non-existent words. What in the world is a “humbucker?” I really didn’t want to look like a total idiot, so I just smiled, nodded, and said “oh, I see.” After a while, curiosity got the best of me and I decided to go online and find out what a humbucker is!
Well, Google to the rescue, I typed in the search engine’s text box “what is a humbucker” and the first result was from Wikipedia, and there was actually a good explanation of what a humbucker is, what it is designed to do, and who invented it and who patented it first. As many things happen in this world, according to Wikipedia the person who patented it first is not the person who has been given credit for inventing it – the second person to patent it is the one who has been given credit for inventing it.
I don’t know about you, but it seems to me that these types of things happen more often than the general public realizes. A very long time ago I was given a book that was about the history of the telephone and it would seem that an Italian man may have invented the telephone earlier than Mr. Bell. And yet Mr. Bell is the one who has been given credit for it.
When I was a kid, I honestly believed that there was only one kind of lawyer. The Perry Mason/Matlock kind. So when I was “all grown up” and engaged to be married, and someone told me that I should have a will, I was very nonchalant about grabbing the yellow pages and looking up “any old lawyer” to hire to help me with that. What a surprise it was to find that there are dozens of different types of lawyers! Didn’t I feel silly, learning how stupid I was! Turns out that my very own aunt used to work as a para-legal in a firm for administrative law. I don’t know why I always thought she was a school teacher!
I try to keep that in mind when I find out that there is someone in my circle of family and friends that doesn’t know something that I just take for granted, thinking everyone should know what I know! How is someone supposed to “just know” something if nobody ever teaches them?
When I went with my son to the open house at one of the college’s he is thinking about attending, one of my favorite parts of the day was when we were taking a break in the student union. There were dozens of kiosks set up where different organizations were giving away promotional items, like pens, tiny flashlights on key chains, can cozies, frisbees, notepads, stress-balls, visors and the like. I went from kiosk to kiosk and loaded up on everything they handed out, and stored it all in a couple of custom bags with drawstring that I got at the first kiosk.
I love getting these types of useful freebies! It’s like going shopping without spending a penny! What more could a gal want?
Happy Mother’s Day!
Although I haven’t seen my mother in a few years, we exchange emails and phone calls to keep in touch. She lives so far away and neither of us can get away from home for an extended period due to our business responsibilities. But I miss her and am glad for an occasion other than her birthday in September to think of her and send her an expression of my love and appreciation.
Mother, I hope you have a wonderful day today.