After paying the rent at the beginning of the month I noticed my supply of cheques was nearing its end. I bought just one batch when I opened this account: Five years ago.
Bill-pay services and debit cards have taken away a lot of the need for cheques (and replaced them with a more secure and verifiable form of payment). It's still strange to think back on the days when you didn't dare think about leaving town without your chequebook. Not only do I go away for weeks at a time without one, I often skip town without any cash in my wallet.
Anyway, there are some things I can't pay online, so I guess I'll fork over the $US12 or whatever and get a new set this week. But considering that this batch of, what, 500? lasted me more than five years, how long will the next set go? I set the over/under at seven.
And on that note:
- The man credited with inventing the ATM has died. John Shepherd-Barron says he got the idea from a candy vending machine, "but replacing chocolate with cash". His magical, Wonka-like thinking transformed many aspects of personal banking and consumer purchases as we know it.
- Tiger Woods' soon-to-be ex-wife is said to be seeking a $US750 million divorce settlement. Woods' net worth was most recently estimated at $US600 million by Forbes, and his combined gross earnings as of 2009 were just over a billion.
- Got an iPhone? AT&T is going to raise its "early termination fee" for smart phones to $US325, up from $US199. Is there some reason this bullshit isn't illegal by now?