About me

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Sacajawea dollar

And wouldn't you know the lines formed by my fingers cause the ever-so-smart telephone to rotate the picture. Oh well, the story remains the same. Just don't let the picture make you dizzy.
Some five or so years ago, I visited my mother (and Buck too), and on my way out, she pressed this coin into my hand. She told me it was one of the gold coins Miss Hermie used to pay with when Mama styled her hair. For a moment, I bought into Mama's story, but reality set in quickly. There was a Miss Hermie, and she did pay, occasionally, in coins, but she never paid in gold coins. Hermie did have a little money, but nothing like that.

We all knew at the time that Mama was beginning to lose it mentally, but this was my first tangible evidence. The coin sits on my keyboard now. 

I wonder now if Mama was remembering her small collection of silver dollars. She had, maybe, a dozen, most from the 1800s. She gave them to me about 20 years ago. They were in relatively poor condition as collectible coins go because they had been in circulation starting around the Civil War, and I saw them more as a source of memories than anything else. However, they did not move with me to Raleigh, and I expect they've long since been sold. Or lost. At least now, I don't have to worry that she will ask me about them.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Money clip

Yes, I have a money clip. I picked up the style from a dude at work, and later in O'Hare, my airport waiter pointed out how he used the same style. Changing the world one dollar at the time, I suppose.


Enter Daily Steals. Free money clips for $3.95 shipping and handling. I'm game. Two months later, I have an envelope in my mailbox. I suppose that $3.95 was more handling than shipping.


Inside the envelope, we have the object man's desiring.  


A shiny new money clip, and it's in a little baggy. I suppose I now have weed paraphernalia in the house to seal my complete doomnation.


I also have too many singles and credit cards in that stack. It might be a while before the new clip works. Of course, they did call it a "money" clip, not a wad of credit cards and money clip. 


I'm thinking the black and silver remains the more distinctive of the two, leaving so many to shake their heads in disbelief.