July 15, 2000

Cheque it Out

Drama of the day, yesterday:
Accompanying Younger Son to deposit his cheque in the bank machine.

He knows how to do it himself. He just wants moral support.. or something. He probably would have been better off without me.

It went well, up to the part where you have to slide the envelope with the cheque into the slot. The machine made the usual whirrrrrring sound but wasn't sucking (pun? well it did suck, figuratively) as it should.

YS: "It won't go in."

Me: "Here, lemme." (with the same lack of success)

YS: "Let me try again."

Me: "Just shove it in."

(MISTAKE.   Should have pressed "cancel" and started over.)

YS: -takes a pen and pushes in the last bit of envelope showing.

Machine: "whirrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr"

Me: -realizing it won't go off and he won't get his card back, impotently presses "OK".

Machine: "whirrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr"

YS: "Now what?"

Me: "Press cancel."

The machine stopped whirring and returned the card. Unfortunately the transaction was cancelled. We got a printout of the balance, which had a "HELP" phone number; I called it from my cell phone and explained what happened, minus the part about the pen. They said the cheque would be found and the account credited within three business days.

That satisfied me, but YS was peeved. "Change banks." The child has to learn that life (and especially his mother) isn't perfect, even though he (thinks he) is.

Credit where credit is due (albeit grudgingly):

I was all worked up for another rant on how the U.S. media ignores Canadian news, but they did pick up on this one. A tornado hit an Alberta campground and left at least eight fatalities. Hope my Alberta spy was nowhere near there!

Linque Du Jour:   History Buff's Home Page

From their front page:

This site is devoted to press coverage of events in American history. It includes an extensive, searchable, library with the categories Civil War, Baseball, Engravings, Journalism Hoaxes, Old West including Billy the Kid, Jesse James, Crime figures such as Bonnie & Clyde, Lizzie Borden and over a dozen other categories. The Presidential Library includes the inaugural addresses of all U.S. presidents.

The press coverage and films library is "under construction" but the site is still worth the visit for the audio files and the essays:

The Historic Voices Library (part of the Media Library) consists of realaudio recordings; what interested me was the older ones; (1890) P.T. Barnum's voice plugging his circus in what they believe to be the first recorded commercial ad; (1935) Amelia Earhart's speech encouraging women to make careers in aviation. It feels like you're listening in through a time machine.

The Reference Library has links to articles on various topics (e.g. Baseball, Old West, Disasters, Major Events, Hoaxes). I ended up reading Baseball in Days Gone By, a pleasant, rambling essay which tended to drift off into the importance of newspapers in chronicling major (i.e. baseball) events. It ties in nicely with my entry of exactly one year ago*, Baseball.. As it SHOULD Be.

* I'm not going to have a permanent "one year ago" link but plan to occasionally refer to those entries:

  1. because I can (yippee!)
  2. if I still like them
  3. if they're at all relevant.

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