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Theme Thursday: desperation

Posted on Thursday, March 4th, 2004

Dave!Today's Theme Thursday had me pretty perplexed. I didn't have any idea what I was going to shoot for desperation. No clue. Nada. I thought that I would just cheat and find an old photo to use, but then I looked on my desk and saw a bit of desperation...

A photo of a bunch of foreign currency scattered on a table.

Here's the story: Last Friday I paid off my car 5 months early... it was killing me to make both car and motorcycle payments every month, so I thought it best to just bite the bullet and make the car loan go away. Now I have absolutely no cash. For the next month or so my finances are going to be very tight. In a surge of desperation, I started counting my loose change, and then pulled out my collection of leftover money from my trips abroad. I thought perhaps I could get it all sorted out and exchange it for real money so I could buy food or something.

Unfortunately, though the foreign currency adds up to a tidy sum... not a lot, but enough to buy a jar of peanut butter and a loaf of bread... I sincerely doubt I will be able to trade in $8 of baht, $5 worth of lira, $4 worth of francs, $15 worth of yen, $2 worth of whatever... because no exchange agency is going to want to mess with such petty sums. Oh well, I guess it makes a good souvenir of my trips (USA currency is so bloody boring compared to other countries).

Perhaps I should start selling my crap on eBay?

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  1. Jenny says:

    I have some jelly I could send you?!? Since you are a veggie how bout some fake meat riblets?!? They are super yummy?!?

  2. kazza says:

    makes for a very cool photo though 🙂

  3. Dave2 says:

    It turns out that I had some unclaimed expenses at my work, so I will have a little money after all (enough to last until payday I think). I agree about the Meatless Riblets from Garden Burger! They remind me of what I think meat tasted like when it was hot off the barbeque grill… of course, it’s been 17 years, so maybe I’m remembering wrong. The Riblets are actually kind of scary, because they are almost TOO real! How do they do that?

  4. Teri says:

    Mmm i’m sorry to say it to you, but i really doubt you can exchange the 50 francs… since now in France we don’t use francs anymore…

  5. Dave2 says:

    Sadly, that 50 franc note was worth about $10 US! I was in France 2 years ago and had forgotten to take it back with me, but now I see that you are correct… the last day francs were legal tender in France was February 15th, 2001. So it is nothing but a pretty piece of paper now. Ah well, I still think it is a nice souvenir.

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