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Posted on Saturday, April 9th, 2011

Dave!Today I finally found a minute to file my taxes. I pretty much had to file them because I need my refund check to cover the three vacations I just took. This was made abundantly clear to me when I went to the cash machine and it refused to give me any money.

I hate it when that happens.

Life would be so much better if cash machines gave me money without checking my account balance first.

Anyway... with no money to be had, it was time to rummage through pants pockets, couch cushions, travel bags, car ashtrays, and the like. After a half-hour of digging, I managed to scrape together $20.28, which seems like all the money in the world when you've got nothing. Oddly enough, while searching for US dollars, I found out I'm actually richer elsewhere on earth. I have 45 Euros ($65.18), 27.50 British Pounds ($45.05), and 60 Canadian dollars ($62.81). If I were to leave the country I could have a real party. As it is, all I can afford is to put some gas in my car and buy a loaf of bread.

But that's okay.

I wouldn't trade my wonderful time in Venice... or seeing Matt & Kim in London... or seeing OMD and Mackintosh Braun in Los Angeles... or celebrating my sister's birthday in Las Vegas... for all the tea in China. There are some experiences you simply can't put a price on. So I'm content to be poor for a little while and live on fond memories.

And who knows? Everything could change tomorrow.

Heck, in one day I've gone from being flat-broke to having all the money in the world. Anything is possible!

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  1. Sarkawt says:

    I hate to see you going through that, but like you said anything is possible and tomorrow could be better than yesterday! I really enjoyed reading it.

  2. stephen says:

    Don’t ya just wish we could connect our minds to the interwebz and sell our memories? We could make squillions selling real-world experiences to people who never leave the computer!

  3. Annabelle says:

    I know what it’s like to be busted ass broke. Hang in there.

    For what it’s worth, I think your travels, experiences and global friendships make you a rich man. Too bad that don’t pay The Man.

  4. Patrick Chadd says:

    There’s always a way to make the glass half full – nice!!

  5. Sybil Law says:

    THIS is a perfect post. :)

  6. Megan says:

    I’d rather be travel poor than car poor or gadget poor any day.

    Is there a bank near you that does currency exchange? You could cash all that foreign stuff in and have a fat wallet for a few days.

  7. Lisa says:

    I’m feeling pretty poor too, and I don’t have a tax refund coming to help offset it. In fact, the tax man is why I’m feeling poor!

    I’m glad you have awesome travel memories. They’re worth way more than money anyway!

  8. the muskrat says:

    Sounds like you need to go back to London, then!
    Or, to the airport to exchange all those other currencies for one that’ll do you some good in Washington.

  9. Invader_Stu says:

    There is one way to get money with out your balance being checked. It’s called a gun.

  10. martymankins says:

    Great way of looking at couch and pocket change.

    If I use Reba’s ATM card, it gives me cash even if there’s no money. I thought it was magic, until I was told she has overdraft.

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