Sunday, February 10, 2008

Jesus is Lord

You have entered 38,155 Bills worth $104,259
Bills with hits: 2,791 Total hits: 3,151
Hit rate: 7.31% Slugging Percentage: 8.26% (total hits/total bills)
George Score: 1,130.38
Your rank (based on George Score) is #595
(out of 50,987 current users with a George Score. [98.8 Percentile])
Your State Rank in Florida is: 31 out of 6,618 [99.5]

I found another stamped message on the back of one of my bills. This time, It’s “JESUS IS LORD” in big red letters. It bled through to the front, so I do have some concerns about spending it. I may be able to pass it off on one of the slot machines, but any way I look at it, I’m making it someone else’s problem. I hate spending bills like that because I get enough questions about the Where’s George stuff. It’s even worse now that I have religious crap on the bill. Imagine explaining to someone that I’m an atheist.

“So, why’d you do it?”

In other news, I got squiggles and a happy face on one bill, seen here. People will do strange things to their bills.

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Two years and counting

You have entered 37,762 Bills worth $103,006
Bills with hits: 2,762 Total hits: 3,121
Hit rate: 7.31% Slugging Percentage: 8.26% (total hits/total bills)
George Score: 1,129.26
Your rank (based on George Score) is #593
(out of 50,917 current users with a George Score. [98.8 Percentile])
Your State Rank in Florida is: 31 out of 6,614 [99.5]

It’s been two years today since I signed up and entered my first bill with Where’s George. I almost let it pass without a blog entry. It’s hard to believe that I’ve been doing this for so long.. (It seems like just yesterday that I was telling everyone that it was one year.)

I’ve been thinking about it. It seems like I’ve been obsessive about it ever since I figured out how to be. When I first signed up, I simply entered what I got. Granted, I didn’t spend anything until I got it home, but it never occurred to me to simply go to the bank and get singles. Then, someone pointed it out to me and it took me only a week or two to convince myself to do it. It’s been all downhill from there.

It took me the first four months of 2007 to surpass all 11 months that I was entering in 2006. I now have almost 38,000 bills entered totaling over $100,000. I keep telling my parents that I’m not obsessed. Obsessed is entering over ten times that amount. I honestly don’t know how anyone does it outside of getting friends to enter and/or mark, or simply not marking.

I’ve always wanted to go to Vegas, but Where’s George has given me a new reason to want to go. It’s also given me reason to think of strange things, like where the best place would be to spend a bill if I want to get it to go far away. (Airports are a natural choice, but which county would be the best for distribution?)

I’m usually looking out for the nearest Internet connection so that I can enter bills. (I’m paying extra for Internet on my cell phone just in case.) Libraries are usually a good bet, but you usually have to be a resident of the county and you often have to wait in line. Apple Stores are good, as are hotels if you’re staying in them. I’m still wondering why the casino doesn’t have Internet access.

Well, here’s to another year of entering more bills.

Monday, February 04, 2008

Edwin 2442

You have entered 37,328 Bills worth $102,038
Bills with hits: 2,744 Total hits: 3,103
Hit rate: 7.35% Slugging Percentage: 8.31% (total hits/total bills)
George Score: 1,128.51
Your rank (based on George Score) is #596
(out of 50,863 current users with a George Score. [98.8 Percentile])
Your State Rank in Florida is: 30 out of 6,606 [99.5]

I found a bill with interesting markings. It said simply, “Edwin 236012” and “Edwin” as seen in the picture. I have no idea what this means. Someone suggested with another bill that the marking was to keep track of tips. It allowed the bills to be entered into the system and tracked for tax purposes. It’s possible that this is the guy’s name and employee number. Why would the guy’s name be written twice, though? Maybe he thought his name wasn’t legible before.

In other news, I spent some $2 bills at a local Walgreens only to have the cashier put them under the register. What struck me as odd was that she had $2 bills in the tray. Of course, mine were marked which means that the unmarked bills have a better chance of getting back into circulation more quickly. I never realized that it would be so hard to actually try. I have to wonder where the other bills came from, though. Was she keeping them there to swap out later? (Mine were just as good.)

When I was entering bills at the mall today, someone was looking at the computer, wondering what I was doing. I had the chance to explain to him what Where’s George is. I even showed him the most-hit bill on the site. He seemed interested for the last two seconds before he walked away. We might have a new user, but I’m not expecting to find any of his bills.