Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Something fishy's going on...

I've been promising these forever. Forgive me. Click here for aquarium pictures. Especially since we added three female sunset platies on the weekend!

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

A Good Word

Yesterday, I was witness to a random act of kindness. The girl at the Subway where I bought dinner seemed a bit of out sorts, still helpful and courteous, but not exactly happy. As I ate, I heard one of the other patrons chatting with her, and though I didn't hear what was the matter over the shrieking child, she did seem a bit more cheerful after he paid and left the store. I saw him put his sandwich in his car, then walk to the left. A short time later, I saw him pass by with a single rose in his hand. Once the last patron had been served and left the store, he came in, and he gave the rose to her. And just like that, he left again, got into his car, and pulled away. The smile was in her voice the rest of the time I sat there.

At times like this, I feel good about the human race.

Friday, February 03, 2006

A cheque

Pulling out the bills I need to pay, I discovered a cheque amidst them. This wasn't a "Oh my goodness, I forgot to cash it" moment, or even a "Wow! Money!" moment. No, this was a "Not this one again" moment.

The cheque came from the Bank of Montreal, and was the overpayment on the payout and penalty on the mortgage in Calgary. It is a cheque for 3 cents.

Yes, that's right. Three cents. It cost them 50 cents to send it to me, probably at least a dollar in paper, printing, and packaging, and it's for the amount of money that you drop in the Leave a Penny container at the grocery store.

Honestly, what am I supposed to do with a 3 cent cheque. Mike says frame it. I almost want to go into branch, press the cheque to the counter, and say, "I want to cash this cheque. Give me the money!" It's just so ridiculous.

Three bloody cents. I know they need to send it to me to keep their books straight, but why not just direct-deposit it? All my accounts are with them. They know which one my mortgage payments came out of. I mean, for heaven's sakes...

So I sit here with a 3 cent cheque. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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