Thursday, August 14

Now, this makes me smile!

BBC NEWS | Americas | Man buys Chevy with small change
An Ohio man with a hatred of paper money slapped down $8,000 in coins at a car dealership to buy a Chevrolet pick-up - then paid the rest by cheque.
James Jones, 70, produced 16 coffee cans full of coins to buy his new Chevrolet Silverado in Cincinnati and staff spent 90 minutes counting it.

But his coin hoard only covered half of the $16,000 (£8,500) price tag.
The man's son said the most amazing thing for him was his father deciding to replace his 1981 pick-up at all.
As far back as he could remember, Dennis Jones told the Cincinnati Enquirer, his father had always had coins.
“He gave me lunch money in coins and each time he ever gave me money it was in coins,” he recalled.
Paper money will burn, but it is hard to damage coins he said.

In his paranoia way, Dennis Jones still has a point. There is no gratification about paper money, especially if you have the means (the government) to print tons of it and schmooze the tax payer into submission simultaneously . What is it worth when you lite a match to it (the paper money) and observe a small ash pile on the ground thereafter. Where did the value go, up in smoke, where does it consolidate? I believe to do such a thing is a capital crime, destroying funds of the federal government (who's assets weren't there in the first place - just a reminder!) it is almost as bad as burning the flag!
I might be a stinking liberal at heart, but that is only because I have not many choices. Probably Jones was a Republican, the old fashioned kind, the one who believes in independence, independence from the "washer & dryer" routine of present central government in Washington.
Good for him, he deserves his new Chevy, paid with coins!
(In the mean time - I'll drive a Ford F-150 1996, straight V6 and reliable, that is, only when I don't use my moped which gets 100 miles a gallon easily. )


♥nova-san said...

I don't even own a car!

Zee said...

I wouldn't own one either, if I lived in NYC Nova San!

susan said...

The only safe way to have a car in NYC is if you own a hoist so you can hang it outside your window.

Ours is a '94 Chevy Tracker called 'Fuchsia' because that's her color - but we walk to work and use her for outings. She hasn't clocked 100k yet.

Zee said...

Mine is 140K Susan, but it still sounds healthy.
"Fuchsia" ? that is a German name for a flower...

susan said...

It's certainly a type of flower - one that hummingbirds love so we do too.

Seraphine said...

i had two one dollar bills.
i burnt one, reasoning it'd make the remaining bill twice as valuable.
it didn't work.
monetary economics isn't as easy as i thought.

Zee said...

this is for SERA mostly
it is funny that you mention this, 'cause on Friday the bartender in the local joint was loaded, had some kind of "aftermath" of loosing a golf tournament. At some point he put a bottle of Goldschlaeger, that cinnamon schnapps with them 24 karat gold flakes in it, on the table, aimed at three large glasses, and spilled a lot on the counter during his endevours. Some "tip-money" got spoiled in the process. He simply picked up the drenched dollar notes and put a lighter to it - what a sight!