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Tuesday, September 08, 2021

Today was something of a milestone for me: I tore out the last check from my checkbook, thus necessitating a refill of a new set of paper checks.

No, not too exciting. But I flipped back to the very first check that I wrote out on that just-exhausted booklet, and the date on it confirmed my guess: It was from April 2006. That means it took me more than three years to use up all of 25 paper checks.

A sign of the e-banking times. I’m in and out of my bank accounts all the time, of course. But except for the regular ATM withdrawals, paper hardly has a role in my financial transactions these days. When you can extract cash from a machine, and transfer funds electronically, the notion of hand-writing a check seems downright archaic. In particular, the monthly bills are now taken care of entirely through the Web, so all those checks I used to make out and snail-mail off a decade ago are no longer necessary.

I’m sure I represent the norm (for once) in this banking behavior. It’s a little surprising how much the check has fallen out of favor, only because I’m aware of what a lucrative concern the check-printing business used to be. Those pretty-picture customized checks that they used to push on you when you opened a new account were pure vanity items, and were priced as such. I guess I can’t believe that the financial institutions would willingly decapitate what had been such a big moneymaker; I guess the cost-savings from shifting to electronic money-handling more than made up for the loss.

Anyway, I now start on the next 25-count checkbook. Not that I have any immediate reason to scrawl out a pay-to-the-order-of. I suspect my rate of check-writing won’t increase any, meaning that I won’t see Check No. 25 of this series until well into the next decade — by which time it’ll probably be hard to find a bank that would even know what to do with a hard-copy payment…

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 09/08/2021 11:33 PM
Category: Business
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It’s time: Another blog-chronicling of the last five tracks that randomly shuffled forth from my iTouch, including a lyrical sample from each song. Not so long after last month’s entry, either.

In fact, that little music-player was on such an uninterrupted hot streak today — precluding my usual fast-forwarding when an unfavorable song ticks up — that I’ve decided to extend the list. So instead of the usual five, I give you six musical samplings from my digital collection. Behold!

1. “Me Against The Music - Chix Mix (Bloodshy & Avant, No Madonna)”, Britney Spears - If you really wanna battle, saddle up and get your rhythm.

2. “Get The Fuck Outta Dodge”, Public Enemy - You’re straight from Babylon.

3. “Hit The Decks”, Cirrus - Oh my god.

4. “Funplex (CSS Extended Remix)”, The B-52’s - Chandalabra’s in a wonder bra.

5. “Anyway You Choose to Give It (Extended Mix)”, The Black Ghosts - But don’t think you can imitate the accent of fate.

6. “Look On the Floor (Angel City Extended Remix)”, Bananarama - Devil’s in your eyes and he’s looking at me.

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 09/08/2021 10:49 PM
Category: Pop Culture, iPod Random Tracks
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