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D'Oh! [Jul. 8th, 2011|06:08 pm]
I'm pretty sure I deposited a check in my account the other day without endorsing it. I had been on the verge of endorsing it Monday when I was interrupted by a phone call from which I learned that I wasn't going to be able to go to the bank that afternoon after all. I don't think I went back and endorsed the check after that. When on Tuesday I did finally go to the bank, I had lots of stuff on my mind and I think I forgot to endorse the check. I remember sticking it into the ATM, but I don't recall looking at it to make sure it was endorsed.

Automatic Teller Machine is a misnomer. It's automatic, and it's a machine, but it's no teller. A teller would have looked at my check and made sure that it had been endorsed before accepting it. Either the people who designed the machines (I think the main producer of these devices is Diebold, whose owners I suspect of taking delight in the thought that their products create so much bother) didn't think its functions through, or they simply didn't have the technology (or decided it would be too costly) to equip the machine to scan a check for an endorsement and to spit it back out if it lacked one.

Teller is an interesting word. The verb to tell historically meant either to inform, to tell (recount) a story, or to tell (count) numbers. The verb to tally is also related. Likewise, a tale could be either a story or an accounting of numbers. So a bank teller can both tell your money and tell you "Hey, asshole, you didn't endorse this check!" (the bank teller would, of course, say it more politely; that's just the way I phrased it to myself while looking in the mirror after I had realized what I'd probably done.)

I suppose there'll be a fee associated with this, and a delay of indeterminate length, and I'd better get some cash into the account before I write any checks this month. What a pain in the arse the early stages of Alzheimer's can be!

[User Picture]From: saltdawg
2011-07-09 09:16 am (UTC)
I just want you to know that your entries keep me going.

I have a bunch to say about cats, racoons, bb guns, rotten fruit and ETC, but I never seem to think that my crap is worth mentioning.

I just wanted you to know that your LJ is, like, the most valuable thing going on the site these days, before these days Ad Nasuem.

There is a very short list of my flist of folks I'd like to meet, but you and lowflyingsquab top that list.

Anyway, one of these days I'll get around to pecking out some adventures...Which is exactly why I love what you write. I can't make my everyday as interesting as you ever could. I suppose that makes you the better writer.

When is your book about cats coming out? B. Kilbraihn
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[User Picture]From: flying_blind
2011-07-11 02:51 am (UTC)
Thanks. I don't think I'm the better writer, just different. I'm mostly a describer, you're a story teller. While I'm inclined to sit in one spot and describe what comes to hand, you go out and do things, gathering the stuff of narratives. You have a gift for narrative, which I lack, and I enjoy reading your posts.

If you're ever going to be in this neck of the woods (not a figure of speech— this town is on a narrowing ridge between two canyons, and still pretty heavily wooded) let me know. You'll have to bring the wodka, though, as all I ever have on hand is beer.

I'm not really writing the book on cats. I'm just ghosting it for them. Only they know when it will be done.
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