Monday, December 31, 2007



Good News, Folks:  Baby New Year is alive and well ... and working behind the cash register at Our Favorite Starbucks.  As proof, I offer the following exchange: 

New Cashier:  What's this?!?

Me:  It's a penny.

New Cashier:  Are you sure?  It has something funny on it.

Me:  Oh, it's a Wheat Penny.  I haven't seen one of those in a while.

New Cashier:  A What Penny?

Me:  Not a What Penny, a Wheat Penny.  They stopped making them in the '70s.

New Cashier:  Oh, the '70s ...!!

And then it struck me.  To her, the '70s is a distant epoch, something you study in history class, like the Paleolithic or Pleistocene era.  Later, as I watched the final sunset of the year at Santa Monica State Beach, I hatched a Devious Plan for the New Year.  Tomorrow, I'm bringing a fistful of useless Dutch Guilders with me to Starbucks and I'm going to tell the cashier they're special Silver Dollars salvaged from the wreck of a ship that sank in 1962 ...!


tenyearnap said...

I thought they stopped making the wheat penny in the 50s. But I still can't believe she didn't recognize it as a penny! --Cin

martygord said...

Hi Cin,
You're right ... I just double-checked and they actually stopped making the "Wheaties" in 1958!

ab45yui said...

LOL, oh my gosh that made me laugh.  Did a ship really sink in 62'??

stupidsheetguy said...

Silver Certificate.

Old age addles my spelling too.

stupidsheetguy said...

Geez...what would they do with a $2 bill  or worse  a Solver Certificate!!!

Happy New Year my friend!

mpnaz58 said...

Now you're talking history!!  You might confuse her...further!
xoxo ~Myra

princesssaurora said...

Ah yes... you had to see my kids faces when they saw their first record player.... Yeah.  Dinosaurs we are, Marty... dinos.

be well,

acoward15 said...

Happy New Year!

beckiepainton said...

And tell them there was a starbucks on board too...Beckie x