Tuesday, February 10, 2009

City of Lost Wages

You have entered 69,656 Bills worth $199,920
Bills with hits: 5,572 Total hits: 6,332
Hit rate: 8.00% Slugging Percentage: 9.09% (total hits/total bills)
George Score: 1,209.29
Your rank (based on George Score) is #337
(out of 50,792 current users with a George Score. [99.3 Percentile])
Your State Rank in Florida is: 24 out of 7,401 [99.7]
Your initial entries with hits have traveled a total of 2,810,730 miles.
They have averaged 450.3 miles per hit and 171.77 days between each hit.

I’m actually considering going out to Las Vegas next month. There’s an unofficial gathering out there from the 12th to the 16th. (For those few readers of this blog, if you’re signed up with the site, there’s a post in the forums.) I’ve been to The City of Lost Wages twice in my life. Both times, I was under 21. That meant no gambling. Now, many years later, I’m well of the legal age to enter a casino.

I’ve been looking at the travel sites. For just the hotel and flight, I’m looking at upwards of $400 if I want to stay on the strip. That’s assuming that I arrive on the 11th and leave on the 17th and doesn’t include a rental car or food. Depending on what the plans are, I may just go for a few days. It also depends on how scheduling works out and if I can get the time off. Days off can be a bit tricky where I work considering that I’m the only full-time employee other than the manager.

If I can’t get those days off or if the gathering falls through, I may just go anyway. I’ve never done a major trip like that by myself. I would prefer to have other people to do things with. I’ve heard of people going to Vegas solo and going with friends. Which is preferable often depends on what kind of person you are. I could see doing either.

Monday, February 02, 2009

You have entered 68,579 Bills worth $196,240
Bills with hits: 5,510 Total hits: 6,263
Hit rate: 8.03% Slugging Percentage: 9.13% (total hits/total bills)
George Score: 1,207.96
Your rank (based on George Score) is #344
(out of 50,506 current users with a George Score. [99.3 Percentile])
Your State Rank in Florida is: 21 out of 7,383 [99.7]
Your initial entries with hits have traveled a total of 2,777,741 miles.
They have averaged 450.1 miles per hit and 170.94 days between each hit.

I finally got rid of a lot of $2 bills I had been hoarding. I had gotten in the habit of saving the 1976-series $2 bills, mostly because I was born in February of 1976. It actually got to the point that I had hundreds of them. I realized that it was a bit hypocritical of me, considering that I don’t like others hoarding them. Now, I just have one that I’m saving. It’s one of the date-of-issue bills with the postmark on it.

It took me a while to get rid of them all. I did find a few new machines at the casino that take them. Five appear to be new machines. Another three are machines that I think are new, but may have been moved from elsewhere in the casino. Up until a few weeks ago, there seemed to have been one bank of machines that took $2 bills. It’s not many more machines, but it’s pretty drastic percentage wise.

I went into a Winn Dixie that had those self-checkout machines. I got on line for them and paid for a Gatorade with a $2 bill. Apparently, I’m finding all sorts of machines that take Toms. I don’t think there are many vending machines that take bills other than the one-dollar variety, but I have seen some parking machines that explicitly indicate that they take twos.

I’ve been hearing a little about the new series of bills, 2009, that will be coming out. It seems like it will be released either late next year or early the following year. There’s no news yet on whether or not $2 bills will be issued. It’s doubtful, considering that they’re not requested by a lot of people. In fact, I find it odd that they were issued for two consecutive series. (Those series being 2003 and 2003a.)

Since this entry is so two-heavy, I will leave you with this article. It is a bit old and I may have posted it, but it seems interesting.