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Funny kind of thing... [Sep. 29th, 2005|11:05 am]
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There are little things that can take on a big significance sometimes. Take, for example, my apartment situation. I chose to move into an apartment that was cheap, knowing full well that I'd have to do laundry in the provided laundry facilities. No big deal. Sure, it means I have to save up my quarters, but what's the problem with that?

kightp might suddenly be realizing what the problem is... :-)

See, for no particular reason, I do a lot of coin-flipping for decision making. Sometimes the coin teaches me what I really want ("Heads! I'm happy" or "Tails, I'm disappointed... oh, wait, that means I should do what will make me happy."); sometimes I realize I'm frustrated whichever way the coin comes up, and I follow the coin flip because, hey, why not?

Of course, every time I reach into my pocket these days, looking for a coin to flip, I end up remembering that, damn it, I put all my coins into my laundry-money container. If I do have any coins, they're likely to be pennies, nickels, or dimes.

Maybe it's time to carry around a dollar coin for just this reason.
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[User Picture]From: wolfette
2005-09-29 06:35 pm (UTC)
Or a foreign coin, that won't get used for anything else, but makes a good "flipping" coin.

I have a few souvenir coins - some don't have any real value, but are excellent for this purpose, or for putting in an otherwise empty purse, because a purse should *always* have coin in it, to attract other coins.

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[User Picture]From: johnpalmer
2005-10-02 05:45 am (UTC)
I kinda like that idea of one coin attracting other coins. It almost makes me wish I carried a purse :-).

I've often thought it would be neat if I could get some interesting coins to flip, if I'm going to be using them for divination... but when you get right down to it, binary decisions are always going to be limited.
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[User Picture]From: kightp
2005-09-29 07:44 pm (UTC)
*chuckle* Yes, I saw this coming.

Which is why I put all the dollar and half-dollar coins I found during the Big Unpackiog in that blue bowl on your desk, but put the laundry change in the bowl in your bedroom.

Of course, I also put the glasses and plates on the wrong sides of the sink. (-;

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[User Picture]From: ccprince
2005-09-29 08:04 pm (UTC)
Yeah, what wolfette says. We've got a whole bunch of yen left over from the recent trip to Japan. You'd be plenty welcome to some.

Being a fan of the "flip a coin and see how you feel" approach myself, I can sympathize.
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[User Picture]From: lblanchard
2005-09-30 12:52 am (UTC)
Oh, for crying out loud, John. Get a piece of Hanukkah gelt and quit sweating the small stuff!
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[User Picture]From: johnpalmer
2005-10-02 05:48 am (UTC)
An interesting idea, but is there a definition of Hanukkah gelt that isn't chocolate coins? I usually carry them in my pocket... though I guess I could keep some in my briefcase.
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[User Picture]From: teddywolf
2005-09-30 02:16 pm (UTC)
When my parents were removing mind-bogglingly large numbers of silver coins from the basement I snagged an 1880s silver dollar, which I use for very rare flipping purposes. They made 'em heavy back then.
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[User Picture]From: johnpalmer
2005-10-02 05:49 am (UTC)
That they did; I have an old silver dollar and silver half-dollar I use for (heh) weighty decisions.
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