Friday, September 25, 2009

our 20 year path toward a mild increase in net worth

Do you remember what you got for Christmas in Sixth grade? Do you still have any of that stuff? Is it worth anything? If your answer to any of these or other questions is no, Kristie is better than you. If you are surprised by this, you shouldn't be. She is obviously your superior in every way, and it was silly of you to hold delusions to the contrary. Let me elaborate...

On Christmas morning 1988, my lovely wife-to-be woke from that fitful anticipatory slumber kids everywhere are so familiar with, made her way to the tree, and began opening presents. She still remembers one present in particular, as it has been a part of her life ever since. That present? Her giant coke bottle piggy bank.


The Bottle

20+ years later, after filling it penny by penny, that bottle was finally so full it couldn't hold another coin. It was so stuffed that the bottle had actually stretched out on its sides because of the pressure. 5 years ago when it was only about 3/4 full, we had to bring it in the house on a dolly, and it's been in the same spot in the kitchen because we couldn't lift it to move it.



FULL? Nah, there's plenty of room

We've known the day was coming for a few months now, and for a while Kristie has been telling me it was full enough, and I've been trying to get her to keep filling it until there wasn't room for a single addition. Two weeks ago the big moment arrived.



The final penny... kind of bittersweet.

Since we're not crazy, and we don't have several days to spend rolling pennies, we decided to take them out of the jar, separate the other coins from the pennies (there was about 6 bucks in other change in there, and an Orange Blossom Express token from when Kristie was down in Riverside, CA for college.) and take them to the bank for deposit.


The bags we used to take the pennies to the bank... It was kind of wierd walking INTO a bank with sacks full of money.

So now we are waiting, 20 years later, with much the same sense of fitful anticipation as kids get before christmas morning, for the final count from the bank to gome back.

How much do you think was in there?

13 comments:

Mamarazzi said...

i'm gonna guess $132.00

(cute bags...you. are. welcome. do you need more? I just got a shipment of about 100)

Lane said...

$250

ThreeBills said...

$500

banananutmeg said...

oh i am so excited! mostly pennies? $90.

hfl said...

I think $150. What are you going to buy?

Toast Habit said...

Do banks still accept cash? I am guessing $501. Is this a closest without going over, or just closest? Do I get some sort of prize if I win? I think my guess would have been better if I knew that there were jellybeans involved for the winner.

Michelle said...

As a fan of The Price is Right, I'm gonna be safe and say, "One Dollar." I'm totally gonna win.

Kristie, you are cool for doing this.

bob barker said...

shame on you, michelle. only say, "one dollar" when you know you're the final guess. To prove my point,and as a BIGGER fan of the price is right, I'm gonna say "TWO dollars"...and ask if your pretty blond face is available tonight for night out on the town with a real man. There's a pool table and a couple of jet skis in showcase #1 I'm dying to try out.

Taylor said...

im gona say.............$125

Taylor said...

im gona say.............$125

hfl said...

So......how much is there? We have waited long enough haven't we. Hey Kristie want to go to a Craft fair in Littleton on Saturday?

Barrett, Melinda, & Angel Trinity Adams said...

Another fan of the price is right, our bet is $501!!!!

Barrett, Melinda, & Angel Trinity Adams said...

Wait, I didn't see that $501 was taken, so we say $502