Friday, September 21, 2007

You have entered 26,091 Bills worth $70,835
Bills with hits: 1,932 Total hits: 2,164
Hit rate: 7.40% Slugging Percentage: 8.29% (total hits/total bills)
George Score: 1,086.91
Your rank (based on George Score) is #815
(out of 52,371 current users with a George Score. [98.4 Percentile])
Your State Rank in Florida is: 39 out of 6,289 [99.4]

When I went to the bank today, I asked for twos. They only had three, but I did get a series 1953A. (You can see pictures at and if you like.) It’s so old I can’t even enter it into Where’s George. It’s strange to think that in all the years that I’ve been asking for bills that I’ve never seen a $2 that old. I did get an old single and an old ten, series 1969, but I let the one back into circulation before I realized what I had done.

In better news, I’m now above #40 in the state. I had that before, but only momentarily between posts. A few people refreshed and pushed me back down to the 40s. I’m inching towards #1 in the state, but I think the top ten is going to be tough. (Assuming I even get there.)

I’m going to keep asking for more twos in the hopes of getting more bills. Maybe I can even get a silver certificate.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Links to pictures

You have entered 25,987 Bills worth $70,554
Bills with hits: 1,927 Total hits: 2,157
Hit rate: 7.42% Slugging Percentage: 8.30% (total hits/total bills)
George Score: 1,086.53
Your rank (based on George Score) is #815
(out of 52,378 current users with a George Score. [98.4 Percentile])
Your State Rank in Florida is: 40 out of 6,285 [99.4]

It occurs to me that I should probably post links to the two pictures that I didn't post in the blog. (The Jenny and Maureen L. pictures)

Here they are:

This will make them easier to find later on.

Markings and soforth

You have entered 25,987 Bills worth $70,554
Bills with hits: 1,925 Total hits: 2,155
Hit rate: 7.41% Slugging Percentage: 8.29% (total hits/total bills)
George Score: 1,086.43
Your rank (based on George Score) is #813
(out of 52,345 current users with a George Score. [98.4 Percentile])
Your State Rank in Florida is: 40 out of 6,285 [99.4]

I went to the bank for work on Monday and noticed that one of my twos had made it into one of the teller’s drawer. It was still there today, which is both bad news and good news. The bad news is that someone deposited it, but the good news is that the teller has it waiting for someone to ask for it. I don’t know if anyone will, but it is there. (I can tell it’s mine since it has one of the Biscayne Park stamps on it.) It makes me feel a little better that the bank is keeping it. I don’t know if he’s keeping it for me, but he hasn’t said anything. I’d really like someone else to take it.

I’ve got another bill with writing on it. This one is interesting only due to local significance. There is a mall in Miami called The Mall at 163rd Street, usually referred to the 163rd Street Mall. It is in the northeast quadrant of the county, which puts it on NE 163 Street. I could be totally off on this considering the circulation that singles get.

I also got 17 hits pulled since the person that entered them used a separate account to enter them, which raised suspicion. I wrote in to make sure that there wasn’t anything going on my permanent record, but it was apparently evident that I had done nothing wrong. Overall, it’s no big deal. 17 hits isn’t going to end the world or cause civilizations to rise and fall. I’m just a little curious as to how he found 17 of my bills at once.

All things considered, it’s been an interesting week or so.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Of writing and acceptance

You have entered 25,328 Bills worth $69,076
Bills with hits: 1,904 Total hits: 2,136
Hit rate: 7.52% Slugging Percentage: 8.43% (total hits/total bills)
George Score: 1,085.14
Your rank (based on George Score) is #809 (out of 52,157 current users with a George Score. [98.4 Percentile])
Your State Rank in Florida is: 41 out of 6,274 [99.3]

I’ve decided that it’s easier to keep my photos on Photobucket. I haven’t really figured out how to add multiple pictures in the same post. I am still going to add them to Flickr mostly so that people can comment on them individually. I have one here that I want some answers on and I figure that it’s more likely that I’ll get an answer if I have them in two places rather than just one.

I got both of these from the casino in Hallandale. Now, I would have been curious if I had just seen one, but to get two in a row with the same number is just odd. I think this deserves an explanation. Is it part of a phone number? Is it part of an address? Is it a special year? I don’t know.

Whatever it is, why write it on two bills. I can see if it’s some sort of independence year. Maybe it’s to commemorate the 540th anniversary of some special occasion. (Since the bill isn’t 40 years old, I can at least assume that it’s not the 500th anniversary.) It may be leet, in which case I’ll need someone to translate. From what I understand, there’s no definitive guide to translating leet and leet is meant to encode information, making it difficult to translate.

Also, I found two bills with names on them. One is Jenny and the other is Maureen L. I’m not going to post them here, only because I get so many with names on them. It’s becoming a little cliché at this point. I am posting them on Flickr if you want to have a look, though.

On another note, I’m getting a little worried about my usage of $2 bills. It’s not that I think I have a problem spending them. It’s that I think people often have a problem taking them. In many cases, people have to ask someone else if they can accept them. This confuses me, as they’re still valid currency. Before you say that some places won’t accept $100 and $50 bills, bear in mind that there is a legitimate reason for this. Most places of business can’t afford to break too many of these, as they may have only $100 in the register at any given time. Breaking a $2 bill isn’t often that big of a problem.

The problem comes from people who don’t realize that $2 bills are still being printed or are being thrown by someone who’s actually spending one. Many of the places that I go to regularly don’t have a problem with it. (My only concern there is that they’re not being put back into circulation, which stems from the aforementioned problems.)

Come on, people. $2 bills aren’t that rare.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

writing on two-dollar bill

You have entered 24,989 Bills worth $68,131
Bills with hits: 1,889 Total hits: 2,116
Hit rate: 7.56% Slugging Percentage: 8.47% (total hits/total bills)
George Score: 1,083.99
Your rank (based on George Score) is #834
(out of 52,218 current users with a George Score. [98.4 Percentile])
Your State Rank in Florida is: 41 out of 6,267 [99.3]

This is a test post. I’m not sure that the formatting or anything will work, but I want to see if I can use Flickr to post pictures. If I like what I see, I may continue. The image that I’m trying to post is of a $2 bill. It has some sort of writing that I can’t identify. I’m hoping that between Flickr and the blog, I get some sort of comment about it.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Small bills

You have entered 24,882 Bills worth $67,738
Bills with hits: 1,873 Total hits: 2,099
Hit rate: 7.53% Slugging Percentage: 8.44% (total hits/total bills)
George Score: 1,083.12
Your rank (based on George Score) is #838
(out of 52,295 current users with a George Score. [98.4 Percentile])
Your State Rank in Florida is: 44 out of 6,262 [99.3]

I actually got a lot of $2 bills from Washington Mutual today. I was able to get 70, which brings me to just over 600 entered. Washington Mutual seems like they’re a pretty good bank to get twos from, even though it‘s usually hit and miss. In fact, one of the bills was already entered into the system. The user that initially entered the bill seems rather fond of $2 bills. It’s nice to see that someone else is entering them.

On another note, I went to a mall in Broward the other night and had the chance to purchase an iTunes card. I paid for it in marked singles, which I think the cashier put underneath the other bills. I have no way of knowing since the tray wasn’t visible. Since it was towards the end of the day, it’s possible that they were saving them for the next day, but I doubt it. Putting the bills at the bottom of the stack usually means that they’re going to deposit them.

I got that today with some $2 bills that I spent at Aventura Mall. The cashier put them at the bottom of the singles stack, which I took to mean that they’ll be deposited. Even when a cashier puts them next to the twenties, I worry that they’ll be deposited. At work, we’ve never given a $2 bill as change. (I usually swap them out to enter and mark; if I’m not there, my coworkers will deposit them.)

I think that this is why my hit rate on $2 bills is at 0.7% and my hit rate on singles is at 8.5%. No one reissues them like singles. $2 bills have the lowest hit rate of any denomination that’s gotten a hit. (I have no hits on twenties, fifties or hundreds.) Twos almost have it as bad as hundreds in the sense that they’re usually deposited. At least $2 bills are sought out by a small fraction of the population and you can get 50 times as many bills for the same price.

I’d like to see the day when $2 bills are given as change at places other than Monticello.

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

$2 bills and then some

You have entered 24,219 Bills worth $66,091
Bills with hits: 1,822 Total hits: 2,038
Hit rate: 7.52% Slugging Percentage: 8.41% (total hits/total bills)
George Score: 1,079.75
Your rank (based on George Score) is #851
(out of 52,256 current users with a George Score. [98.4 Percentile])
Your State Rank in Florida is: 43 out of 6,245 [99.3]

I got another new county in Georgia, bringing up the total to 22 counties out of 159.

I was in Starbucks today and I saw a $2 bill in the tip jar. I don’t know where that person got it, but they apparently thought it a good idea to give it as a tip. It’s possible that they got it as change at the Starbucks or somewhere else in the mall, which would be a good sign. It’s also possible that they’re like me in that they want to get them into circulation. I checked the bill and it wasn’t marked, so I can be relatively certain that it wasn’t mine.

It’s funny that since I wanted to ask why people why they put toms under the register, I haven’t had it happen as much. It usually happens at McDonalds and there’s enough of a line that I don’t want to hold things up. However, some of the people there have started putting them in the register. I still have no idea if they’re giving them out as change or not, but it’s progress and I’ll take it.

The one chance I did get to ask was at the Apple Store. The woman at the register said simply that they didn’t have the space in the tray for them. I told her that if she put them under the register, the bill would never see circulation again, hinting that I wanted the bills to get back out.

I did pick up a lot more at the bank today. Washington Mutual had fifty of them and a Bank United had another two. I wanted to get fives, but didn’t think of it until most of the banks were closed. It doesn’t really matter. I have some and should have a chance to get more tomorrow.

The big thing for me is entering all of the bills tonight. I wish that I had gotten sequential twos, which would have made things much easier. Then again, there’s always stamping…

Monday, September 03, 2007

Close to county bingo

You have entered 24,207 Bills worth $65,871
Bills with hits: 1,817 Total hits: 2,033
Hit rate: 7.51% Slugging Percentage: 8.40% (total hits/total bills)
George Score: 1,079.49
Your rank (based on George Score) is #845(out of 52,222 current users with a George Score. [98.4 Percentile])
Your State Rank in Florida is: 44 out of 6,243 [99.3]

I got a hit in Kent County, DE, leaving me with just Sussex County for Delaware bingo. That means that I have two states waiting on one county for bingo. (The other state is Connecticut; be on the lookout if you’re in Middlesex County.)

I don’t know if I mentioned it, but I got a new domain name for this blog. For those of you using, the new URL is, so update your bookmarks. (Obviously, you can still access this site using the old URL, but I’d prefer the new one since I’m paying for it.) I can also be emailed at