Well last night my husband and I caved and gave the kids their Christmas presents from us. My son received a set of Pulse drums and as I sit here at 6:45am trying to write and listening to the boom, boom, boom, I can’t help but wonder, what in the hell were we thinking? Drums, really?! Seeing my daughter with her new lap top was heart-warming. Like giant battle-ship games we sit with our lap-tops, banging away on the keyboards, glancing at each other and smiling. She’s like a mini-me!
Today I want to tell you a story about ATM’s, something you probably don’t know. This could save you some time and trouble. Years ago, on a Friday, I had taken the day off of work to go shopping. I didn’t have kids at the time and had lots of time and money to waste. I stopped at a gas station to get some cash out of the ATM. I pushed the appropriate buttons and asked for $200. As the machine processed the request I took my time and wrote the amount neatly into my checkbook.
As I reached down to get the get the money the machine sucked the money back in! The horror! The machine said, “Thank you for your transaction.” What in the hell was going on?! In a panic I screamed for the clerk. She shook her head and confessed that she had never seen that happen before. The gas station didn’t own the ATM; a local bank did, so they gave me the number for the bank. To make a long story short it took me seven days to get my money back.
The bank explained that there are safety mechanisms on ATM’s. In case a robbery takes place or something happens to the person requesting the money a timer goes into effect and if the money isn’t grabbed in a certain amount of time, it will go back into the machine. Only something that stupid would happen to me. So the moral of the story is this: once the money pops out of an ATM grab it right away and if you are trying to rob someone at an ATM, grab the money right away. If you are at an ATM and something happens to the person making a transaction, grab the money right away. Take the money and run is a good rule of thumb!
On another note, I got my glasses yesterday. Things are definitely cleared and brighter. When I picked my son up from school he was surprised to see them on my face. When I asked him if he thought they made me look smarter he shook his head no and said, “Not smarter mom, sillier.” Thanks bud, that’s just what my self-esteem needed.
I’ll follow that up with my favorite Christmas quote:
My mama used to always say, 'Christmas ain't Christmas till somebody cries!' Usually that someone's me. ~ Donkey, from Shrek the Halls