Sunday, February 28, 2010

Series 2009, where are you?

You have entered 138,792 Bills worth $358,997
Bills with hits: 10,606 Total hits: 11,952
Hit rate: 7.64% Slugging Percentage: 8.61% (total hits/total bills)
George Score: 1,282.98
Your rank (based on George Score) is #174
(out of 47,860 current users with a George Score. [99.6 Percentile])
Your State Rank in Florida is: 16 out of 8,067 [99.8]
Your initial entries with hits have traveled a total of 5,622,420 miles.
They have averaged 476.4 miles per hit and 198.56 days between each hit.

Series 2009 $20 bills came out last month, but I have yet to see one. This has to do mostly with the fact that I don’t usually get twenties. It looks like Series 2009 $1 bills have entered circulation, as it’s now possible to enter them on Where’s George. (The 2009 option isn’t at the top, which makes it a little hard to see, but I’m not complaining.)

I have been getting twenties from the casino whenever they can’t give me all singles. I have yet to get a 2009 $20 bill. When I went to Publix yesterday to get some bills, they gave me new bills, which I was hoping would be 2009. No such luck; again, they were 2006.

It seems like whenever a new series comes out, they try to get rid of the new bills from the last series before releasing the newest series, so I can probably expect to see a lot more of the new, sequential 2006 bills before seeing any 2009. It also doesn’t look like the Atlanta branch of the Federal Reserve Bank has requested any new bills, so it will probably take even longer for me to see one.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Things Forgotten

You have entered 138,508 Bills worth $358,524
Bills with hits: 10,478 Total hits: 11,811
Hit rate: 7.56% Slugging Percentage: 8.53% (total hits/total bills)
George Score: 1,281.76
Your rank (based on George Score) is #168
(out of 47,912 current users with a George Score. [99.6 Percentile])
Your State Rank in Florida is: 15 out of 8,055 [99.8]
Your initial entries with hits have traveled a total of 5,529,167 miles.
They have averaged 473.9 miles per hit and 197.63 days between each hit.

I realized that there were a couple things I’ve forgotten to post here. One is a Nantucket Limerick. That I had wanted to post with what I was saying about not having a hit there. The Limerick is as follows:

I once got a hit in Nantucket
From Miami, an hour by bucket
----In my heart I could feel
----That the hit wasn't real
But it's my only Nantucket ducket

I also don’t seem to have posted anything about ZIP code 33309. I had noticed that I have two hits there, but couldn’t think of how I had come to enter 2 bills there. I had assumed that I had intended to enter them in 33009, which would have been Hallandale Beach. (Basically, two bills I had gotten at Gulfstream Park.)

Someone in the chat room showed me how to look up bills that haven’t gotten any hits yet and it appears that one is a twenty and the other is a five. It looks like I may have been up in the area and broken some bills for someone, so I think the hits may be legitimate.

I know it’s not much, but I am setting a goal to post at least three times per week.

Friday, February 19, 2010

You have entered 138,451 Bills worth $358,467
Bills with hits: 10,450 Total hits: 11,783
Hit rate: 7.55% Slugging Percentage: 8.51% (total hits/total bills)
George Score: 1,281.52
Your rank (based on George Score) is #175
(out of 48,107 current users with a George Score. [99.6 Percentile])
Your State Rank in Florida is: 15 out of 8,049 [99.8]
Your initial entries with hits have traveled a total of 5,507,388 miles.
They have averaged 473.1 miles per hit and 197.47 days between each hit.

Gulfstream Park Racing and Casino recently finished building a shopping area. As part of the shopping area, they put in some wi-fi. Being that the Hallandale Branch library was closed, I decided to give it a try.

The first thing I noticed was that there really isn’t much privacy except for the fact that few people were in the area. If someone saw you with a wad of cash, it would be a little obvious. Fortunately, it never got that far. The wi-fi wasn’t working today. I asked and it wasn’t just me. Apparently, others were complaining about it, as well.

I was lucky that they even had tables for me to use. I hate having to put my netbook to the side to use it. I’ve been wanting an Apple iPod Touch for this very reason. It would be much easier and possibly less conspicuous to enter bills at Gulfstream with one.

It seems to work only in a very limited area. I’m wondering if anyone will use the wi-fi at all. I can’t see people dragging laptops around a racetrack’s shopping area, although people do it at the mall. Whenever I go back, I’m going to take a look if anyone’s using it.

I ended up entering the bills in Hollywood. I don’t need that ZIP code, but it was nice to get a few more bills entered there. It’s a little far up to go over there and back, but it’s not too bad. At least I had some privacy there.

For some reason, I was getting a lot of new bills from the ticket-redemption machines, so I went back to the casino afterwards to get rid of them. Good thing I did because I was able to hit someone’s bill. I wouldn’t have gotten it if I didn’t go back.

I’m going to call it quits here before I start rambling. I’ll try to post more tomorrow.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Good news

You have entered 138,279 Bills worth $358,295
Bills with hits: 10,432 Total hits: 11,763
Hit rate: 7.54% Slugging Percentage: 8.51% (total hits/total bills)
George Score: 1,281.33
Your rank (based on George Score) is #173
(out of 48,123 current users with a George Score. [99.6 Percentile])
Your State Rank in Florida is: 15 out of 8,049 [99.8]
Your initial entries with hits have traveled a total of 5,489,852 miles.
They have averaged 472.5 miles per hit and 197.39 days between each hit.

In my search for places to enter bills and/or get change, I went to the North Shore branch of the Miami-Dade Public Library System located at 7501 Collins Avenue. I have to say that it’s the smallest library I’ve ever been to, but I now have 40 bills entered in ZIP code 33141. One good thing is that they have a second floor that has a few tables, one of which I was able to share with someone. They also have free Wi-Fi and lend out computers for people to use, although I don’t know what the requirements are for getting a computer. I had mine, so I didn’t need one.

The only major downside is that the nearest parking was metered. (I don’t know what employees do.) Miami Beach seems to be big on metered parking. It stinks that a public library doesn’t have its own parking. In fact, I think it’s The Beach that gets the money, so the funds don’t even go to the library system. (I guess you could say that the city pays into the library system, so it does get the money indirectly.)

When I go to the casino now, I usually enter bills, cash out and go to the Hallandale Branch of Broward County’s public libraries. They have a larger library there and work stations that offer a little more privacy. Speaking of which, I had $10 in free play to use at Gulfstream Park Racing and Casino today. I actually walked out with $45 that I didn’t have before.

In other good news, it looks like I’ll be working for the Census Bureau. I’ll be going in next month for training. I do know that it will be an office job, which is good. However, I really don’t know any other details like how many hours I’ll be working or how much I’ll get paid. It is work, which means more bills to enter, hopefully. At the very least, it means a bigger bank account.