Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Many hits and many bills

You have entered 41,117 Bills worth $114,220
Bills with hits: 3,046 Total hits: 3,448
Hit rate: 7.41% Slugging Percentage: 8.39% (total hits/total bills)
George Score: 1,140.53
Your rank (based on George Score) is #558
(out of 51,814 current users with a George Score. [98.9 Percentile])
Your State Rank in Florida is: 32 out of 6,697 [99.5]

I read the other day that Gulfstream Park, where I gamble a lot, isn’t doing so well. (You can read the story here.) It’s not so much that the casino is doing poorly; it’s just that it’s not doing as well as expected. It stems mostly from the construction of shops on the property, which is keeping people away.

It would suck if the casino closed. There’s another casino not to far away, but the other one would be more difficult to get to. I’d have to take a different bus that’s operated by another county. I really don’t think that Gulfstream will be closing any time soon. Casinos tend to do well. It’s just the thought of not being able to get as many bills into circulation is a little scary.

I also got a new stamp and pad. It reads “These bills were made for spendin’” and will be used on twos. I haven’t had much of a chance to use it yet, since twos seem to be hard to come by as of late. The idea is to let people know that I don’t want the bills to end up in a collection or at the bank. The intent of spending the bills is to have them given out as change.

I got an orange ink pad with it, but I think that may have been a mistake. The orange doesn’t seem to be as visible. I’ve been using it in conjunction with another stamp marked in red ink, so at least I have some visibility. Orange wasn’t as bold as I had hoped. At least I’ll be getting some use out of it.

In other news, I did get a six-hitter. If you’re reading this post years after the fact, it’s entirely possible that this bill will get more hits, so I’ll have to explain that a six-hitter is a bill that gets six hits, or seven entries. (The original entry doesn’t technically count as a hit, since hits are only subsequent entries.)

In hopes of getting other six-hitters, I went to two banks today. One gave me what I call semi-consecutive or semi-sequential bills, which is where they take sequential bills and split them up. I may get spurts of five or ten bills in order or with serial numbers close to each other, but the majority of the bills are out of order.

Even though consecutive bills are very easy to enter, semi-consecutive bills are very difficult to enter, since I often have to sort the bills and I have to pay attention so as not to enter bills that I don’t have. The reason I hate this is that it means more work than getting either consecutive or all random bills. I really wish that banks wouldn’t do it.

I think it’s done because people generally don’t like getting all consecutive bills, so the bank figures that it’s better to give out a few at a time. To make matters worse, a lot of the bills come crinkled. Not only do I have a lot of work, but the bills look used, too.

Well, I think that’s all the complaining for now. I’m sure I’ll have something else in a few days.

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