Friday, October 17, 2008

Friday Five

From Songbird at RevGalBlogPals

1) When was the last time you flipped a coin or even saw one flipped in person?

I can't remember.

2) Do you have any foreign coins in your house? If so, where are they from?

In my house, in my car, everywhere. I have a 20 cent euro piece on the floor of my car because I haven't picked it up. I have a bag of euros (currently my best investment, though it is losing value) from my last trip to Europe. I have left over coins (and lots of small bills) from Uganda, Khazahstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyrstan, Mongolia, Korea, some from non-Euro northern European countries. Everywhere I've been in the last four or five years. I even have some pre-Euro francs. I have a sheaf of small bills from all over the world. I don't throw them away, I'm not sure why. I think I keep hoping I'll find a child who likes foreign money.

3) A penny saved is a penny earned, they say. But let's get serious. Is there a special place in heaven for pennies, or do you think they'll find a special place in, well, the other place?

I'm not sure why we still have a penny. Mine pile up in my coin drawer in the car, in the bottom of my purse and in a drawer where I put loose change until I roll the coins up and take them to the bank.

4) How much did you get from the tooth fairy when you were a child? and if you have children of your own, do they get coins, or paper money? (I hear there may be some inflation.)

Oh, the tooth fairy. I think I got a quarter, which at the time was a lot of money. The tooth fairy forgot one night and my Dad said the fairy left the quarter at the breakfast table.

5) Did anyone in your household collect the state quarters? And did anyone in your household manage to sustain the interest required to stick with it?

I have a bag of state quarters. I last put them in a binder when I moved two and a half years ago. I suppose sitting in a bag is not the best thing. They roll around in the bottom of my purse until I clean it out and throw them in the bag.

I was in Alaska when the Alaska quarter came out. Clerks were complaining that they had not made their way down to Juneau (they had been introduced at the state fair somewhere up north). I haven't seen one down here yet.