Balancing Act

August 13, 2002


From 20 years ago this month, when a phone was a phone, and a cell phone was a cell phone, and the only way to be sure how much money you had in the bank was meticulous paper record-keeping. Needless to say, I could never be quite sure how much money I had in the bank. Oh! I could pick up the phone and call the bank and have an automated voice tell me my balance. What an age we lived in.


42 thoughts on “Balancing Act”

    • The title of the link is “August 13, 2002” while the content of the link is “August 8, 2008”. Don’t believe everything you read or click on :-).

      Now about the math, I believe that August 13, 2002 was 19 years ago.

      We don’t visit here for the accuracy, we come for the laughs.

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  1. Before I wed the girl of my dreams (38 years tomorrow!) I was paid in cash, and I paid my bills in cash. I never bothered to learn how to balance my checkbook (or even what that meant); no need – I knew my balance was $0.00!

    Of course, post-nuptials She insisted I learn – but She couldn’t make me like it! I am pleased to say that the calendars on the back of the current register pad in our checkbook are over a decade out of date; it’s a beautiful thing.

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  2. Yes, thank you. I have been reading a lot of the old cartoons daily. It is what I usually do until Go Comics finally activates the daily new strip.

    Right now I am lying here with my right knee in an ice pack while exercising the left leg, the broken one, still recovering.

    You realize that I made it out of the hospital just as the Delta version took over. Now elective procedures are being put off. Even cancer surgeries, as Delta takes our country. We are working to get my booster shot for cancer, lupus and RA, plus I am back in home quarantine.

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    • Yes. The hospital I work for is going to stop elective surgeries that would require overnight stays as of Monday. If the patient can go home the same day, they will be operated on, and of course urgent/emergency cases will be treated appropriately. Their COVID inpatient count was about 1 or two patients a day in June, as of yesterday they had nearly 50. Most under 60 and unvaccinated.

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    • Jackie, I just walked into CVS with a copy of my “Master Problem List” which includes my kidney transplant. You should be able to do the same– pretty sure your cancer and lupus make you qualified for the immune-suppressed booster. Their online system lets you schedule, and sends you to a site with the appropriate version based on your first two shots. I got my booster on last Monday!

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  3. From yesterday/this morning:

    Ron You are correct – and I know better – can I claim my finger slipped to next character?
    .
    I believe – with out looking it up “Towhead” is from flax tow which is fine light white fibers. At one time was used to
    make cigarette paper.
    2 generations ago I worked stacking flax bales while in college – the peak of the stack was 40 – 45 feet tall 50feet wide
    and 200 feet long as I recall.
    I think it was $1.75/hr +15¢ for working nights. The bales were 100#+ because they were in boxcars that
    had been used to keep bridges from floating away in the ’65 Spring floods in ND.
    .
    Also makes Linen Cloth – Fascinating and involved how fibers are separated – How did
    some person/group come up with the process?
    -Ret (rot) the outer stem in running water, Scutchered & Hackled? ( I am playing lose with nouns here)
    then spin & weave.

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  4. Unlike in the “olden days”, on-line banking and a spreadsheet I set up on my laptop allows me to know at all times, right to the penny, how much is in my checking account. Yes, that can be a bit depressing at times, but not nearly as much as inadvertently over drafting the account by a dollar and getting dinged with a $35 bank fee.

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    • Ghost:

      Do you have a mobile device? If so, you can have your bank’s mobile application on it (assuming your bank has such an app). You can also have a spreadsheet on the mobile device.

      Word of warning: Don’t use public WiFi if you decide to put that app and spreadsheet on your mobile.

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  5. Reading Southern Living magazine and recipes. Arguing with Ghost as to whether this makes me gain weight. I cannot get him to eat or cook with fruits and vegetables. I get so frustrated as I am an almost vegetarian clothing optional cook.

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    • Maybe you can get Ghost to make curries, stews and other dishes containing vegetables instead of just meat, potatoes and veggies. Chinese cuisine is a good choice because it’s mostly veggies with just a little meat.

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  6. Hello all. I was just talking to my husband about the hospital and elective surgeries thing. One of our closest friends had BADLY needed surgery for a knee problem just now today, and I was saying how thankful I was that they got it done, because who knew when “elective” surgeries might get stopped here. (I just heard–he’s out of (long) surgery, and all went well.)

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  7. Honestly, for the first time in forty some years of banks accounts I actually have one that balances thanks to checking it on the computer as often as I can! (Oh the arguments hubs and I used to have when we had to balance and I constantly wrote amounts backwards or reversed. I have mild dyslexia, maybe.) In fact, I haven’t actually written, or owned, paper checks in the last three years, I do the bills I have to pay electronically now. Much easier for me. Cash when I have to and card for everything else.

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  8. We scheduled a booster at CVS today but I didn’t get there. Staying alive seems too hard in my case.

    Dropping out posting, I am not a positive person for the Village. Love, Jackie

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  9. Come back when you can Jackie – if you do not feel like posting stop to lurk &
    pick up positive vibes.
    .
    I sent Debbe a Birthday card other week – It has not come back that is a plus – hope she is OK.

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  10. I posted this on the Facebook Arlo and Janis Fans page today. And on further consideration, thought I should put it here too.

    If you haven’t tried it, when you are on the GoComics site for Arlo and Janis, click the random button sometimes. Like playing the slots, you don’t know what you’re going to get, but unlike them, you’re always a winner. Sometimes you hit the jackpot with belly laughs, sometimes you get a silly grin. Thanks for reading the strip.

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