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What’s in Your Wallet? January 15, 2010

Posted by jassnight in Family, Job Search, Life, Unemployment.
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They say you can tell a lot about a man by what he carries around in his wallet. I see the truth in that statement simply because with a wallet, a man has to be very selective in what goes in it, and stays in it. None of us enjoy a wallet in our back pocket. Since I lost a ton of weight, my ass no longer has that fat cushion. Sitting on a chair with a wallet in my pants is like a stone in my shoe – painful. These days my wallet goes in my jacket pocket or brief case. Whatever the reason, a man keeps his wallet lean just because it is generally, and literally a “pain in the ass.” The contents of his wallet must have purpose. There must be monetary value, functional value, historical value, or emotional value. Either that or he just forgot to take the crap out, and even that will say something about the man.

So here is my charge for the evening. I am sitting here with my wallet in my hand. What I am going to do is go through it and report what I find. Here we go…

…Opening wallet now…

Money

Let’s go for the obvious first. I have exactly $20 in cash in here – one 10, one 5, and 5 ones. That is a lot less than what I carried around with me before working on a career change. Semi-employment, which I know is much more than what many have these days, has made my wallet thinner but the reasoning goes much deeper. At one point in my life, I could not wait to buy the latest in technology, toys, gizmos, possessions. Buying made me happy – for a day or two. Then I returned to my miserable state until the next newfangled widget was purchased. Now my money is in my wallet for a different purpose. I don’t buy stuff anymore. I buy time. Whether it is drinking a beer together, a game of pool, seeing a movie, or a cup of coffee, time with friends is what makes me happy now. I make sure I always have enough just in case I have an opportunity to meet up with someone.

Cards

I seem to have an overabundance of business-like cards in here. I am going to take a closer look. Most of them are coffee discount cards, all from separate coffee houses I frequent. When you buy a cup of coffee, the barista stamps the card for you. When your card is full with stamps, you get a free cup. My favorite place is Stella’s, a small dark elongated café where students from both Ithaca College and Cornell hang to work on projects, collaborate on papers, engage in academic discussion or just gather for some down time. I am a product of this culture and it is here where I feel the most at home.

Plastic

Wow, I see to have a bunch of these stashed in various slots. 4 credit/debit cards (I have been spreading the dept around these days. That way it doesn’t seem so bad.) 2 clothing store credit cards (I need professional clothes to go on professional interviews so that I can continue to get rejection letters.) 3 grocery store cards (I don’t think they let you buy food anymore unless you have one of these!) finally, an AAA card. This is one thing I will never go without anymore. I have been in several situations where a tow was needed and the cost sunk me. So far, being a member has been a good ROI.

Membership Cards

I have three in my wallet. They are professional organizations in which my membership has lapsed. I can no longer afford to be a member. I am not sure why I keep carrying them in my wallet. It could be because I have hope that I might be an active member again at some point. More than likely it has more to  do with denial tactics.

License and Registration

Standard issue for a wallet, no surprises there. The only problem is that my license still has the picture of me from when I was fat. It doesn’t even look like me anymore.

ID Card

Even though I make very little money, I am very proud to be working where I am working. I love the work, I love the mission, and I love the people. I am proud to have my work ID card in my wallet. It even has a more recent picture of me on it!

????

What is this?  It is a 3×5 card folded in half. Old and ragged, there are several dog eared corners and frayed edges. Written in bold faded marker on one side is written, “SHUT UP – 1 hr.” I remember this! A long time ago, for one of my birthdays, my oldest daughter gave me a series of index cards as coupons. Similar to the coffee cards, the idea was to redeem them back to her in exchange for the service printed on them. Some were quite unique. She was and still is quite unique.  She is an in-your-face kind of kid – always passionate for whatever she does, always excited to learn something new, always driven to do her very best. When she was little it was no different. The coupon cards offered take-it-down-a-notch behaviors such as: “Let you talk first – 30 minutes,” “Eat with my utensils – one meal,” “Sit in my room alone – 2 hours.” The card from my wallet is one of those. Apparently she would “shut up” for one hour if I redeemed this card.  I wonder what she would do if I gave it to her now after all of these years? My bet is that it would make her talk more. The card would trigger her into a vivid discourse of her childhood; the days of tutus and Easy Bake ovens, the days of Little Mermaid and Polly Pockets. Talking about those times would be fine with me. Now that would be priceless.

Put that in your wallet.

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1. BigLittleWolf - January 15, 2010

This would be an intriguing and worthwhile exercise for all of us. Very telling. A delightful read.

2. Nicki - January 15, 2010

I am with BLW. I am truly scared at what I may find. I put things in a new purse yesterday, new to me anyway, and didn’t prune, clean or look at what was going in. That is okay but … I feel a post similar to this coming on over the weekend if you don’t mind, jassnight.

jassnight - January 15, 2010

I was hoping that a woman would take this and give us the perspective from ‘Venus.’

Go for it Nicki

Nicki - January 15, 2010

Mine is done – with actual pics – but scheduled it for Sunday as I have a busy weekend coming up and needed something for Sunday. Look for it then.

3. Deena Kay - January 15, 2010

I’m with BLW too! That’s precisely what I thought as I read it. It would be a wonderful thing to do. Anyone else game? Even if it’s just 4 or 5 of us, it would be very cool to take a peek at what we all keep and why. 🙂 I’m game!

jassnight - January 15, 2010

Perfect Deena! I would be interested in what is in your purse – LOL!

Makes sure when you post that you all put a link back here so people can check in.

Sounds like another 1/2 drunk challenge?

4. Deena Kay - January 15, 2010

LOL Absolutely! haha what a fun thing to do! I’m going to start doing that shortly! I already posted today but now I’m going to do it again 🙂

5. BigLittleWolf - January 15, 2010

OK. I’m in. But probably next week. (Ha! I’ll clean my wallet first… nah…)

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7. Deena Kay - January 15, 2010

LOL I did mine. I posted it here 🙂

http://deenakwennig.wordpress.com/2010/01/15/whats-in-your-handbag/

I thoroughly enjoyed it too. Never have I ever taken quite an inventory and really thought about why I cary such things with me…. LOL Hopefully you’ll get a good laugh or at least a smile as you poke thought my handbag. Pics included 🙂

8. gg - January 16, 2010

“Apparently she would “shut up” for one hour if I redeemed this card. I wonder what she would do if I gave it to her now after all of these years? My bet is that it would make her talk more.”

Jass, this makes me laugh – a little reverse psychology? Priceless.

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10. osmosisofaffliction - January 18, 2010

You inspired some cute posts with this, Jassy … I may take the bait, but I’m sure mine will have a little different twist. As you well know. ~smile~

jassnight - January 18, 2010

I am sure it will Os. Please do.

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