Memorable Moments in an Alien World

{September 29, 2012}   West what?

I am pretentious. It’s a fact that I know and try very hard to keep under wraps. Because that word just doesn’t have the best connotation, right? There are some things I am openly pretentious about. Espresso. Grammar. Chocolate (clearly all very important). But that’s about it. The rest I hide away and try to ignore.

But I stumbled into unsolicited pretension the other day. Read the rest of this entry »

{September 8, 2012}   When There Are Just Too Many Zeros

No, I’m not referring to binary code. Nor am I making reference to the UK band.

This week something INCREDIBLE happened. I received a paycheck after two months of, well, NOT getting paid. I went to the bank to deposit my check and as I was conversing with the teller, I noticed something out of the ordinary. As he got my cash ready, I let myself take a good, long look at the keypad on which I had just typed my PIN.

Finally, I looked at the teller and laughed. I told him that this particular branch of Chase must handle very wealthy clientele. Questioningly he looked at me, but nodded and said, “Yes, I suppose we do. What makes you say that, though?” Read the rest of this entry »

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