Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Person of the Year

I just saw the over of Time Magazine. The cover story is the Person of the Year, which is pretty much everyone this year. Specifically, it seems to be about everyone that contributed to the Web. I find a certain irony in being named Person of the Year.

Groucho Marx once said something to the effect of "I wouldn't want to be a part of any club that would have me as a member." From what I understand, the actual quote is much longer, but I still find myself thinking along the same lines. How the heck did I get to be Person of the Year?

It seems like a bit of a cop out to me. Time’s managing editor, Richard Stengel, even admitted as much. He said that he didn’t feel the need to justify the decision. (Note the second paragraph in this article. That still doesn’t answer why, really.

The thing I’m left to wonder is how many people are going to put this in their résumés. I know that someone is going to go in for a job and say (quite honestly) that they were named Time’s 2006 Person of the Year. How many people are going to talk to someone on the phone and, when the person at the other end says something they don’t like, will say, “Hey! This is the Person of the Year you’re talking to!”

I’m not trying to detract from the honor. I’m just trying to figure out how to get a handle on it. Is this for real? Can I actually tell people that I’m really the Person of the Year? Could I seriously put it on my résumé and get away with it? I’m actually tempted to try.

Monday, December 18, 2006


I went out last night to Denny’s with my brother and a couple of friends. I remember now why it is I don’t eat there often. The food wasn’t particularly that good and the service was about as bad. The thing that got us was that we drove away three other parties. Four sets of people were seated at the booth next to us and three times, they moved. I don’t think anyone complained about us. Maybe they just didn’t want a window seat. At least I got a chance to use several marked bills there.

Speaking of which, my brother and friends went to some thrift stores the other day. Because of circumstances I won’t go into, they all had a lot of bills that I had marked. On one occasion, someone at one of the thrift stores had to ask a manager if they could accept the bills. That has happened to me on at least one occasion. I don’t mind because I’m the one marking the bills, but my brother didn’t seem that thrilled about it.

I’m hoping that everyone goes back to their respective cities (Tempe, AZ; Seattle, WA and Gainesville, FL) and spend the money there. Granted, I already have lots of hits in AZ and FL, but new counties are always good and I only have one hit in WA.

My number of international hits has gone up recently. I actually have one bill that’s given me a hit in two foreign cities. The bill started out in Miami on November 20; 15 days later, it found it’s way to Lima, Peru. A week later, it ended up in Sydney, Australia.

There are two things I find interesting. One is that it found its way back to Los Angeles before heading to Australia. (Notice the comment on the second entry.) The other is that both times, the bill was found at a Starbucks. I have to wonder if the bill ever left the airport while it was in the United States. I also have to wonder where the next hit will come from if, indeed, there is one.

I’ve actually reached the top 100 Where’s George users in the state of Florida. It’s something that I’ve been working towards for a while now. I spent a lot of time between 101 and 110 before obtaining the number 99 spot and I’ve slipped back below it a few times.

I’m wondering how hard it will be to make the top spot in the state. The score is based in part on the number of hits you get and how many bills you enter. There are probably a few people at the top that enter a lot of bills and, as a result, get a lot of hits.

If I ever make it to number one, I’ll be sure to post it.