Hey! When did they put Jack Layton on the $100 bill?
If you dropped by last week you learned it was my birthday. What you didn't know was that through the magic of post-dated posts I wasn't even here. Ha, fooled you. Last week Mrs. dufus and I travelled out to beautiful Kelowna, British Columbia on Good Friday to visit her mom (the dufus-in-law) for Easter. We had a nice visit of 5 days then flew back in time for my birthday.
We did the usual things. I read a couple of books. We ate out a lot. We watched hockey on TV. We visited a winery or two. We even met up with a couple of good friends who coincidentally were travelling in the same area. And as a surprise for her mom we took my wife's son (Jr. dufus-by-marriage) with us without telling her in advance.
It was a good week. Especially for me. Mrs dufus' mom bought me a golf shirt and sweater in advance of my birthday and sprung for a great dinner at a wonderful French restaurant called Bouchons Bistro where, according to their site, Neil Young (my musical hero) claims it's the best meal he had on his 2009 world tour. Is she a great person or what? Thankfully, according to my wife, they don't play his music in their restaurant...or sell any of his CDs. (It's okay, hon. I already have them all.)
Neil and Chef Dominique
"A man needs a chef"
But it didn't stop there. My credit cards were a little tapped out having sprung for the airfare and having made maybe a trip too many to Amazon.ca for CDs over the month of April. So I asked Mrs. D if she could give me a bit of cash against what she owed me. So she gave me a hundred dollar bill.
Well that piece of paper was worth well more than it's face value...over and over. And it lasted me close to 2 days! Every time I went to use it the cashier couldn't make change. So, guess what? I had to ask Mrs. D if she could pay. She'd pay. And I'd get to keep the $100. And it kind of added up. Remember that MasterCard ad? Yeah, well that was what this was kinda like.
It went something like this:
Beer and miscellaneous groceries: $82
Chapter's book store for a good read: $35
Mission Hill Winery for a gift for my daughter: $27
Lunch with coincidental friends: $68
Never any change for a hundred dollar bill: priceless
There are some things money can't buy. For everything else there's Mrs D's purse!
Thanks for the great week, hon! I owe ya.
By the way, Canadians are voting in an election today. If you're Canadian don't forget to vote. I'm gonna vote early and vote often!
I love democracy.