Friday, January 8, 2010

My New Account

Chase Bank sends out a coupon regularly in the mass mail for $100 for opening a checking account with them.

I had a Chase account long ago before they closed their doors here, packed their bags and totally left Arizona. I liked that bank then, I have heard they are a big bank mentality now. Well who cares, they are all like that anymore. I currently have a Compass Bank account - I also like Compass but the nearest branch is 6 miles away - in a direction I mostly never go.

There is one on the way home from work, however. I have thought about having an account somewhere where there is a branch close to my house - the nearest Chase is 2 miles away. I'm not a fan of having to drive long distances to do much of any kind of business unless it's something like a Craigslist deal where the gas spent is nothing compared to the deal I'm getting in money saved.

Well, really, the allure is a hundred bucks free. Yes, you have to deposit $100 plus the opening deposit, yes you have to keep the account for at least 6 months, but what the hey. I figure to use that account as my "savings" account. Sorta. I don't have much to save, but what I do, I'm doing it.

Anyway, had the rock truck here this morning. I spent the $100 my dad gave me for Christmas on it and some other money I got from tenants. I know, I was supposed to do something for myself with that Christmas money - well, really, I did do something for myself - I was hating the looks of that side of the house.

I have, however, created a ton of work for myself - make that 8 tons of work, lol. Carry all that stuff in little plastic pails? Good workout! Might lose a few pounds hauling all that stuff over there!

Well, I have to twist it somehow to make it sound appealing, cause' honey, carry 16,000 pounds of rocks in little pails for the next couple of days? Not too appealing to me at all.

Anyway, I have to get my mind into that mode - working that is - I'm outta here.
ben

Friday

I have a few minutes before the work clock starts.

Yesterday, on 2 occasions, I thought I was witnessing the end of life for 2 people on 2 different occasions.

1. About a 16 year old boy gets off a city bus and starts running across this major and very busy street - without looking to see if there was any traffic. I'm serious, how that kid wasn't run clean over by that car, I'll never know, but that boy just barely escaped with his life.

2. Car comes up to the street I'm driving the semi. I have no clue why people see a truck and automatically think they MUST cut it off, pull out in front of it, do whatever - apparently we're just a nuisance. This driver flies up to this stop-sign, sees me coming and starts pulling out - without looking the other direction, where a car is coming at around 50 MPH. So, this woman is driving her car out into traffic without looking. Her head snaps the other way and again, I'm telling you - just BARELY gets it stopped in time. A T-bone collision at that rate of speed? She's dead, maimed, whatever, life ain't gonna be the same.

Is it really worth risking and possibly losing your life just to get ahead in traffic?

I don't think so.

I think everyone's license should be revoked and we should all be forced to go in for month's worth of driver training. Just the numbers in physical property damage going down would be worth the expense, not to mention the lives saved. The Department of Transportation is doing ads now to try and tell people not to text while driving.

I mean, really. Should anyone HAVE to be told not to do that? I know, thousands or hundreds of thousands or millions - who knows? - of people do it every day while driving. I watch these people and I agree with the conclusion that it's as bad as drunken driving. Cars weaving in and out of their lanes, trucks driving in and out of the emergency lane, all kinds of craziness in the name and for the sake of texting. I thought using a cell phone while driving was bad enough, this stuff is crazy.

Well, I had other thoughts but time has run out.

Have a great day!
ben

Dad

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