Monday, September 28, 2009


You have entered 109,065 Bills worth $298,709
Bills with hits: 8,035 Total hits: 9,126
Hit rate: 7.37% Slugging Percentage: 8.37% (total hits/total bills)
George Score: 1,252.48
Your rank (based on George Score) is #214
(out of 52,692 current users with a George Score. [99.6 Percentile])
Your State Rank in Florida is: 17 out of 7,834 [99.8]
Your initial entries with hits have traveled a total of 4,342,316 miles.
They have averaged 483.7 miles per hit and 193.25 days between each hit.

I hit a bill today that had the URL in really small print. If you’re going to handwrite the URL, make it big enough for people to see. The only reason that I hit it is that I enter almost everything I come across.

At least I have a picture to post. I came across this five at the casino. I’m not sure how they got it, as the machines have a tendency to reject anything that’s marked this much. I still have it, but I don’t know if I should hold on to it until I return to the casino or if I should just try to spend it somewhere.

When I get a bill that’s marked like this, I’m usually a little worried about the looks I’ll get. It’s not a particularly attractive design. The thought of Abraham Lincoln in drag with the word ’sexy’ even kind of gives me the willies. But, what can I do?

Friday, September 18, 2009

Maybe I should start walking more

You have entered 107,426 Bills worth $295,589
Bills with hits: 7,896 Total hits: 8,969
Hit rate: 7.35% Slugging Percentage: 8.35% (total hits/total bills)
George Score: 1,250.53
Your rank (based on George Score) is #222
(out of 52,475 current users with a George Score. [99.6 Percentile])
Your State Rank in Florida is: 18 out of 7,820 [99.8]
Your initial entries with hits have traveled a total of 4,279,035 miles.
They have averaged 485.4 miles per hit and 193.32 days between each hit.

I know I seem to be a bit anti-debit when it comes to a lot of things. I’d like to think that it’s more about having choice. I read in today’s Miami Herald that Miami-Dade Transit wants to do away with paper transfers. (You can read the article here.)

For those that don’t ride the bus, transfers allow people to use two buses on the same trip without having to pay two full fares. In Miami-Dade County, full fare is $2 and a transfer is 50¢. (Service is so bad that it was overpriced at half that amount.) In order to be able to pay 50¢ for a transfer, you’ll have to buy an EASY Card.

According to the article, the cards will be free for a limited time. If you’re not quick enough to get one, you’ll have to pay $2 and load it online, at Metrorail stations or certain other locations. At least they’ll still be taking cash, so someone that doesn’t have access to the Internet can at least get to one of the machines at one of those select locations.

I generally don’t like situations like this. It seems to me that Miami-Dade Transit Authority is simply trying to get more money out of people. You either have to pay $2 for the card or you have to pay full fare for each bus ride. It seems to me that they’re trying to make it just a little more difficult to take the bus.

I’ll use tokens as an example. Back when bus fare was $1.25, tokens cost 10 for $10, or $1 each. When fare was raised to $1.50, the cost of ten tokens went to $14.50. Yes, that’s right. You saved a whopping 5¢ per trip. If you decided to go downtown to buy some, you’d have to buy five or 10 rolls to make it worth the trip. I think that’s why they were phased out.

What are tourists supposed to do if they want to take our transit system? Are they supposed to donate $2 (per person, no doubt) to get a card that won’t be worth anything when they leave? This is exactly why I started driving.

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

You have entered 103,618 Bills worth $287,846
Bills with hits: 7,783 Total hits: 8,840
Hit rate: 7.51% Slugging Percentage: 8.53% (total hits/total bills)
George Score: 1,248.55
Your rank (based on George Score) is #235
(out of 52,544 current users with a George Score. [99.6 Percentile])
Your State Rank in Florida is: 18 out of 7,805 [99.8]
Your initial entries with hits have traveled a total of 4,215,497 miles.
They have averaged 485.0 miles per hit and 192.93 days between each hit.

I really have to admit that the Bank of America in Aventura has great service. I went through the drive through yesterday to get change. Before I could put the money in the container, the teller actually came over the intercom and asked if I wanted $2 bills. For some reason, I don’t normally ask for $2 bills in the drive through. I don’t always ask when I go in. But for them to recognize me and ask is great. I really like going to that branch. (To boot, I got two red-seal bills in the batch that they gave me.)

In other news, I got two interesting hits. I don’t know if this first one is true. If it is, it’s pretty interesting. To think that I got the bill and it couldn’t last two weeks without being noticed by law enforcement. It was nice of them to enter the bill.

The second one is more of a novelty. They seemed to get the website right the first time to enter the bill, but put where’ in the user note. I don’t get that.

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Why you need a car in Miami

You have entered 102,018 Bills worth $284,170
Bills with hits: 7,699 Total hits: 8,746
Hit rate: 7.55% Slugging Percentage: 8.57% (total hits/total bills)
George Score: 1,247.25
Your rank (based on George Score) is #242
(out of 52,687 current users with a George Score. [99.5 Percentile])
Your State Rank in Florida is: 18 out of 7,794 [99.8]
Your initial entries with hits have traveled a total of 4,169,053 miles.
They have averaged 484.6 miles per hit and 192.95 days between each hit.

I actually went through the drive-up lane at the bank yesterday to get change. I think that the reason I never did was that when I was learning to drive, the bank drive-up lane was somewhat difficult, especially in a minivan. When I got to the bank yesterday, it was a few minutes after closing. Since so many Publix locations don’t want to give me change, I figured I might as well go through the drive-up.

Yes, I’ve been driving for over a year and this is actually the first time that I’ve gone through the bank’s drive-up. I did go through a McDonald’s drive-through once, which I also managed to survive. I think another part of the reason is that drive throughs are so confining. You have to follow a very specific path and, at least with fast-food places, once you’re in, you’re pretty much committed. You cant get out until you’ve gotten your food.

Once you have a car or two behind you, it’s pretty much the same thing at the bank. You just have to sit there until there are no cars in front of you. This is why I generally prefer going in, and will continue to go in given a choice.

I think that the drive ups at banks are unfair. When I went to the bank yesterday, several other people were walking up to the door after me. One guy had to make a deposit, but didn’t seem to have a problem using the drive up. There was a woman, though, that didn’t drive. When that happens, what do you do if you need change? (Basically, you need to go to the nearest Publix and hope they’ll have the change for you.)

This is why you need to drive in Miami. We’re not set up for people without cars.