See a Penny, Pick It Up


See this dollar bill?  I saw it on my run this morning.  I almost ran right over it without a thought.  Actually, I did have a thought.  I thought, “what the hell can a dollar get?”  Then I had a second thought.  I remembered as a teen I saw a quarter on the sidewalk.  My dad asked me why I didn’t pick it up.  My reply was that it wasn’t enough money to buy anything with.  So, in honor of that moment with my father, I picked up the dollar bill.

When I got home, I thought of what I can buy with one dollar.  It seems there isn’t much. Well, unless you take your dollar bill to the dollar store.  But then you have to pay tax, so that doesn’t count.  It took me some time, but I came up with 10 things.

  1. 9 pieces of Bazooka gum (ten, if you didn’t have to pay tax — stupid tax)
  2. 4 paperbacks from your local library sale
  3. A song from i-tunes
  4. A tip for a pole dancer
  5. One scratch off lottery ticket
  6. Small fries from the dollar menu
  7. Pencils
  8. Raffle ticket
  9. 2 limes
  10. The Monday-Saturday local newspaper

So, you can read a book and eat some fries while watching a stripper.  Not such a bad life.  Oh wait, that would be 3 dollars.  Never mind.  So then I thought that I would have good luck today.  Even though that expression refers to picking up a penny, there is inflation after all.  I didn’t get hit by a car, I had a good day at work, I ran 4 miles without having a heart attack.  Yeah, it was a good day. Can’t wait to spend that dollar though.  What should I get?