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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Aug. 24 - Lisa's Musings (on quarters) and Every Day Life

So, I start my day finding out it's not a good idea to let a pigeon drive a bus or stay up late.

Also, a naked mole got dressed and a pig didn't really make an elephant sneeze.

If you have young kids, you probably know what I'm talking about. If not, here's the explanation. These are books by Mo Willems.

They were very cute stories and I sang "the wheels on the bus" along with the 100 kids who listened to a fabulous storytelling librarian Megan Battle at the Ann Arbor Public Library this morning.

She should have been an actress. With the voice of a lark and the acting ability of an Oscar winner, she really missed her calling. Or maybe not, I could tell that she really enjoyed what she was doing.

And she had fans, too. Several mothers told me they rarely miss one of her storytimes and I can see why.

So, I head back to the surface lot to pay my $1.60-something parking fee and all I had was a $20. And what does the machine do? It gives me change in QUARTERS. Do you have any idea how many quarters are in $18 and change? I don't either. But it's a LOT.

If I'd been at the casino, I'd have been happy. But I wasn't. I was in a parking lot and I was NOT happy. Nope. Not AT ALL. I mean, seriously. Quarters?

I still haven't figured out what to do with all of them. I know, they're money, but they are heavy money, and who wants to lug around $18-plus in quarters?

I could take them to one of those change machines, but a friend told me they take 7 percent to eat them up and spit out dollars. So, I'd lose money.

I could roll them up and take them to the bank, but that's time consuming, and time is one thing that's a premium in my life these days.

I don't have enough time to do a lot of the things I want to do and rolling up quarters, driving them to the bank, parking, walking them inside to deposit them then driving back home, isn't high up on my list of fun things to do.

So, if you have any ideas what to do with all these quarters, I'm open to suggestions.

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