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death bet - skip if alarmed

December 17th, 2009 at 10:43 pm

Thursday
Saving log - $0
Spending log - $1.75 coffee + $20 buy-in to the death bet + $20 shipping sister's Christmas gift
Found money - $0.24 (parking meters, sidewalk, bus floor)

Wednesday
Saving log - $2 tip box (replaced the 20$, BTW) + $50 Drp
Spending log - $1.75 coffee + $110 Christmas gifts
Found money - $0.08 (sidewalk, parking lot, under Coinstar machine)

Nearly finished with Christmas shopping - two more small gifts and I'm done. We had the work holiday lunch and the half day afterward; the lunch itself was very low key, nothing too fancy, no alcohol, only a moderate amount of rah rah. I won a little something in the drawing - a free Sunday brunch for 2, including 2 mimosas.

Coin rescue is proceeding apace: $13.50, 320 pennies, 13 nickels, 59 dimes, 11 quarters, and 1$ bill. Several other co workers confided that they look for change too. Just what I need, more competition. Smile One even told me that she plants a quarter in different places just to see how long it takes for someone to pick it up. Most places, the quarter disappears quickly, within hours. She tried planting a quarter at Westlake Mall a couple of years ago and it took a couple of days for that quarter to disappear. That opens up a whole new area of economic experimentation I hadn't considered. I could imagine the halflife of a quarter on the sidewalk as a recession indicator.

The death bet caused quite a stir, so I asked the organizer about it as I bought in. Turns out he got the idea from a friend of his at Amazon.com, where the employees have held one for years and years. Our organizer wanted in on it, but figured, well, why not just start another one? Our organizer's friend at Amazon held, for this year's death bet, these: Michael Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, Ed McMahon. Yowsa! Full house. Big Grin Anyway, I'm putting my list in the comments. Its a reasonable mix of ill and ill will.

9 Responses to “death bet - skip if alarmed”

  1. baselle Says:

    Ruth Bader Ginzburg
    Courtney Love
    Christopher Plummer
    BB King
    William Shatner
    Elton John
    Elizabeth Taylor
    PD James
    Stephen Hawking
    Lindsay Lohan

  2. cptacek Says:

    I thought Elizabeth Taylor today (your little bet is in my head. thanks alot! Smile ). Ginsburg is a good choice as well (not hoping for anything...just predicting). Not Amy Winehouse?

  3. baselle Says:

    I've got to save something for 2011!

  4. frugaltexan Says:

    If I remember correctly, Elton John came pretty close to it this year - was hospitilized with the flu.

  5. dmontngrey Says:

    Wow, those were quite the picks the friend had this year! This bet fascinates me, but I only know one other person who'd be interested. Keep us posted of events please! Big Grin

  6. baselle Says:

    Yep, that's why I picked EJ - Stephen Hawking came down with pneumonia a couple of times last year, and he now holds the record for longest survival w/ALS.

  7. cptacek Says:

    How about Robert Byrd? That guy has to kick the bucket some time!

  8. baselle Says:

    I thought about that - not a bad choice, but now we're talking strategy - he's in his mid 90s, so minus 100 wouldn't generate a lot of points. Smile Of course, PD James is 90 also.

  9. boomeyers Says:

    Kirk Douglas is a good bet too, but he is really old, so I guess not many points either.

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