Weird Wednesday: June 16 – Change in the Pocket

Do you think it’s cool when your purchase total comes to…let’s say $14.00, or $34.00, or if you just bought two packs of gum and a soda and it’s $3.00?

On the flip side, are you incensed when you are filling up the tank and you squeeze just too long that last time and you see the total: $40.01?

Does it really matter anymore with more people abandoning physical money? Even before the pandemic, the use of physical cash was on the decline. I used to put all my change in a jar, and at the end of the year, I would roll it up and take it to the bank. It was my way of forced saving, and it did add up.

Then those change counting machines sprung up, and all you had to do was dump it all in like a reverse slot machine. Some of those counters were removed because of claims of undercounting. Now, I rarely have change. When was the last time I needed change? Parking? Most meters accept electronic payments. Car wash? Same deal. The subway or transit? A payphone—

Wait! What? When was the last time you used a payphone? I know that for some, payphones are still needed, but they are becoming a rarity.

Poem and sketch by Leon Stevens

And finally,  that late-night purchase of that gadget for $49.99 has to be a good deal, right? Who would pay $50 for that! The same goes for that house listed at $149 999 (although, if it was a gas pump, you might be inclined to give one…more…little…squeeze…$150 000.01 (darn it!)

“The Day Before” returns.

The Miniscules

That’s all the weirdness for today.


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Leon Stevens is a blogger, composer, artist, and an author of three books (so far): Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and PicturesJourneys: Eight Original Pieces for Classical Guitar and The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories.

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