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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Money Matters

Canada dollar trumps U.S.

Well, it's clear that the U.S. dollar is not as mighty as it once was. When I went to Germany for the first time in 2002, the exchange rate between the dollar and the euro was 1:1. It's been all downhill for the dollar ever since.

But now the impossible has happened: Canada's dollar is stronger than ours! The difference is only 2 or 3 cents so far, so it's not that big of a deal, but this speaks of the strength of our country dwindling in the global economy.

I guess the only thing to do now is to open up those penny rolls that we've been trying to hide Canadian pennies in for all these years, head on up to Canada, and try to hide our American pennies in the Canadian penny rolls. That'll show 'em. Suckas!

U.S. Banker

About a month ago, I brought a $37 check to my bank to be cashed. It was a partial reimbursement check for my $50 enrollment in a community ed weight training class. I don't know, I guess I had the crazy expectation that the instructor would actually, well... instruct. Otherwise I could just go to the gym, right?

But anyway, I was slightly amused when the teller asked me if there was any special way that I wanted my money. How special could $37 be? I thought to myself as I shook my head no. I mean, I understand asking if I want $100 in any special way, but below that, seriously, how special can pocket change be?

My friend Mike pointed out that $37 dollars in pennies could be pretty darn special. And he's right. Maybe next time that's how I'll ask for my money. Then it'll be off to Canada to hide my American pennies in Canadian rolls.

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