Pennies up the Apocalypse

Well after literally hudredes of thousands of responses from all over the world, the pennies have finally been counted. There was a lot of quality science thrown in many of these entries, and there were some touched hunches as well. I’m humbled not only by my readers’ enthusiasm, but also by their remarkable aptitude for estimating the number of pennies in a bottle they’d never seen. Most of you were closer than I was to the actual total, and I’ve looked at those copper coins under green glass every day for fifteen years. They sit on a dresser right above my sock drawer, and I’m in-and-out of my sock drawer all the time. Still, I wasn’t as close to the money total as almost 60% of you were. I won’t be getting a tuba any time soon.

There were a couple of very close guesses, but even with the $2.10 non-penny margin ( mostly dimes mostly admitted to by my saboteuring wife ) Julia Poland from right here in Bellingham Washington beat the next-closest penny pitcher by more than an American dollar. Continue reading

Free Money

with 8 of diamonds
with 8 of diamonds

Wouldn’t you know it? Now that the real estate market is finally picking up, the dang world’s supposed to end!  

Or, you know– it might be. I actually thought it was scheduled for today, 12.12.12. But I guess that’s only for the atheists. For agnostics & Mayans, the day is 12.21.12. Hell, that’s almost two weeks from now!

Still, there’s no sense in waiting till the last minute to get your shits together. I’ve got a checklist of stuff to do between now and the big day: water the plants; stop the mail; stop Continue reading

Buttdialing for Buyers

Sometimes I get so busy or tired that I forget who I’m calling. I’ll just be spacing out about something and listening to the phone ring and all of a sudden someone will say hello and I’ll have no idea who it is. Lots of times I’ll recognize the voice and just jump right in to a conversation like nothing ever happened. But sometimes the voice isn’t familiar, and I’ll have to think really fast about who it was I called in the first place. I’ve had to just hang up before, rather than ask who it was. I mean I called them…


It’s easier to do this these days than it used to be– to forget who you’re calling in between dialing and when they answer. First of Continue reading