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I’m not one of those crazy guys that starts collecting spare change in 40 gallon drums when he is like 8 years old and ends up with a million dollars in pennies when he is 85 years old. Seriously, I’m not. But I did buy a container for 500 円 ($5) coins about a year ago at the 100円 shop. It reached the point where it was so full I could no longer put coins into it. It was not all the way filled, but it was close enough. So I broke it open and counted the coins. Let’s just say my $1 investment paid for itself exactly 2,800 times. Coin-cidently (hehehe) that is around my monthly salary, so I got to see my pay check in coin form. It was delicious. I don’t know what I am going to do with this influx, probably buy another 500 円 thing! So that leaves me with $2,799 left to spend. Hmmm. I foresee an Nintendo DS Lite in my future (if they are ever NOT sold out all over this country). I will also have to send some home to pay for college loans and “responsibility” related crap like that.

Let me just take this chance to say that the $5 coin is perfect for this kind of thing. I never go anywhere that having the additional $5 would make or break my purchase. My checking account gets no interest (any given Japanese bank’s logo: “Interest? What’s that? Seriously, we have no idea what that is, please tell us.”) So I don’t miss out on valuable compounding storing the money out of the bank. I also don’t miss the cash when I drop them into the container, because it is only $5! Yet it also can quickly sum to a substantial amount of money. Unlike say, pennies or 1 yen coins. As an added bonus, when the jar thing was full it was so heavy that if a puma came at me I could beat it to death easily with my 500円 container. Like a police force, it is nice to know it is both protecting AND serving.

This has taught me a valuable lesson which I will probably corrupt overtime. This will cause me to obsessive-compulsively not spend five dollar bills, and store them in a box of some kind instead. That would be flamboyantly despotic.


92% = 100% (for very large values of 92%)


Ohhh....


Ahhh...


It's like an installation art project, only it's actually worth money:
Mood Data: relaxed100% Coined! +/- 10%
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From:(Anonymous)
Date:March 19th, 2006 11:22 am (UTC)
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Aaahhhh, an entire jar o 500-yen pieces...my mouth waters. Why do I find that so beautiful?

-Eric
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From:pollopeligroso
Date:March 20th, 2006 07:10 pm (UTC)

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Me and my friend dumped his ziplock bag-o-change in a change-o-matic machine. After about 10 minutes of shuffling the coins so they fell properly and several reminders that we were dropping them in too fast and the machine didn't want to handle it. We got about $75 out of it. Not bad for pennies and dimes (mostly). You do win however.
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From:obie_in_exile
Date:March 24th, 2006 11:11 am (UTC)
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I*m sorry i didn:t belive inyou. I said you couldn:t do it. but by some magic you managed to fill taht canister and make great modern art!
i:m going to have to start one now.
by the way how did you get it open? those things are tough. i tried tobreak open my roommates one once.
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From:biggrumpy
Date:April 3rd, 2006 11:31 am (UTC)
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My hammer (iron) and a screw driver. Any tool can be the right tool.
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