I haven’t done much driving in the past two years. Since I had my heart surgery, I have not wanted to drive.

I have done it, briefly as needed, but I don’t like it. Despite that, I need to drive sometimes and today was a good choice. Nice day, not a busy time. It turns out, I remember how to drive, but have forgotten how to get anywhere. I’ve always had a terrible sense of direction but two years of letting Garry drive has made it much worse.

Nonetheless. I found the post office, with help from Garry. I couldn’t remember which road went where (really, THAT bad) and then the doctor. Garry drove home. But my day was not over.

I had to go to the bank.

I cannot remember the last time I was inside a brick-and-mortar bank. Normally, I do everything online. Money comes in as direct deposits and I pay my bills on the computer. Today, though, I have a piece of paper. Which won’t become money unless (gasp), I deposit it. Eventually, I find myself in the bank with the check in hand. Trying to deposit it. Apparently no one uses deposit slips anymore. You hand them the check, slide your bank card through this month’s newest machine, tell them where you want it to go … and sign. Voila. Done.

I couldn’t remember anything. The machines are new, the slider is on the opposite side. I couldn’t find the pen. It was humiliating.

I’m sure the next time I go to a bank, it will be new all over again. Online, it’s all direct deposit. I can move money around, pay bills, calculate how much money is available for whatever. And I’m great with software, but as a live human, I’m hopeless.

Pathetic, I know. But who knows when or if I’ll ever have another check? Seriously. Who gets paper checks anymore?

58 thoughts on “ROAD AND BANK”

  1. Banks go through formation all the time. They make annual profits at a record level, they streamline their business processes which results in efficient ways ‘of doing things’ like closing local bank branches and moving their operations to online. By doing this the bank make more annual record profits and reduce the reason why people want to walk into a bank physically. The jobs they cut and the amount of money they save is tremendous. But local economy and jobs are being hit, hard. The banks still make money.

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    1. We are fortunate that our bank is still open. A lot of banks no longer have real branches. Banks never really lose money. I know it says they lose money on reports, but really, they never lose anything.


  2. Cheques are so twentieth century. Last year I was sent one as a refund for some defective product. I had to deposit it in my account via the post office. As I also do all my banking online I have never bothered to change from my old bank which does not have physical branches in Tasmania. The other thing I wonder is why, in this day of instant everything a cheque still takes several days to clear?

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    1. I think banks do what they do because they can. I’m sure they know if the check is good or not pretty much instantly. Our bank lets you use them the following morning, which is pretty good. Banks are not exactly worried about how WE feel about things!


          1. Credit unions here do have a higher level of trust I think. I certainly still prefer them to the “Big 4” major banks. I’m grateful that we did not suffer the way the USA did with so many people losing their homes.


    2. Tas, I love your opening line — “Cheques are so twentieth century”. It has a Dorothy Parker sting as delivered maybe by John Gielgud.
      Marilyn — you did well on your first day “back in the saddle”. The route to Douglas has some nasty twists and turns.
      As for the bank. I dread ATMs. So, I use the Bank proper. It’s very easy now. You just go to the teller with check and bank card and they do everything. They are even very pleasant and conversational.

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    1. I felt like such an idiot. I really was lost. It was embarrassing. But sometimes, we get these pieces of paper and there’s nothing else to do but deposit them. I can theoretically use your smartphone, but I’m not quite ready for that. Yet.


    2. Lois, I go into the bank now and then to deposit checks because I’m afraid of ATMs. Usually, you have some friendly chit chat with other customers and bank staff. Something to do.

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        1. The last time I took out cash when I went to that ONE nursery that won’t take plastic. I don’t even know if they are still open. Sometimes, you can old-fashioned yourself right out-of-business.

          Garry keeps a little bit of cash because he buys newspapers and it’s easy to just grab the paper, leave the money, and go. But then again, not so many people buy newspapers, do they.

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  3. I actually still have a chequebook attached to my on-line account! i haven’t used it in over 5 years but i could if i wanted to! 🙂 I still need to go into an actual branch once a month or so and will do until they figure out a way how to put cash into my account through my computer 😉 ( or they eliminate cash all together which could happen sooner than we might expect).



    1. Leslie, sometimes I go into the bank to deposit Marilyn’s royalty checks. I announce LOUDLY for everyone to hear, “I am depositing my Wife’s book royalty checks”. Everyone is very impressed.

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  4. Lynn has a terrible sense of direction. If she’s leading me somewhere and tells me to turn right, I will most likely turn in the opposite direction, she is that bad. As for checks? What about paying for something with them? When I first got my latest bank account about 5 or 6 years ago, I received 200 complimentary checks. Haven’t used them up yet.

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    1. Yes, I got a free checkbook when I opened the account. I’m not halfway through it yet. There are still a few local places that don’t take plastic, but that’s changing. Eventually, everyone gives in because no one carries cash, OR checks.

      And as for lost, I remember with husband 1 driving back from Cape Cod on the way to NY, about 250 miles south. We wound up in Salisbury, NH, about 200 miles west. It was a very LONG trip home.


    2. Emilio, I no longer have a good sense of direction. I’m okay with local driving. But, beyond our Valley, I’m on shaky ground. I’m also a lousy map reader. During my working days, I used to drive my crews nuts when they asked me to read a map as we chased stories.

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    You have my sympathies as I understand completely what you are going through. One of my friends is going through a similar thing, except she was the Queen of Directions and so this is very upsetting to her. Take a couple of “no purpose” drives just to jog your memory and I’m sure much of it will come back

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    1. Ben, remember Long Island? When I visit Billy and we drive around, he is amazed I don’t remember all the short cuts to places we visited.
      He doesn’t understand I have lived in New England since 1970. I almost feel like I need a green card or passport when I return to New York. I NEVER wear any Boston sports gear during those Long Island visits. I may be old but I ain’t crazy.


      1. And just the opposite happened to me a short time after I moved to AZ. A friend of mine who demanded I get in touch with her each time I came home, just assumed I’d forgotten how to get around Long Island and would start giving me directions. I had to remind her that I had lived there for 38 years, and only been away for a year or two.., with frequent visits to boot.

        I still have a picture of LI in my mind, not to mention Brooklyn, The Bronx, Queens and, of course, Manhattan. Comes from playing gigs all over the city and day jobs in same. My brother was a cop and knew all the shortcuts through the city which came in handy when I needed to duck rush hour traffic. I really miss it sometimes.

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  6. I still write checks for most of my bills, and I know from work that the money order business is still booming. I’ve always got paper currency…. I’d feel naked and broke without it. The truly cashless society that the “experts” have long predicted is a lot father (further?) off than the flying car is….

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      1. Sometimes, I write a 9 word sentence containing 12 typos. Outstanding! The best thing is not only do I make an insane number of typos, but I don’t see them when other people type them. I read right through them. Unless it’s “loose” instead of “lose.” Or “less” instead of “fewer.” I have issues with those 😀


      2. Another great line — “A typo free society will never happen in a thousand generations”.”
        **evilsquirrel, April 2017**

        You could look it up!


    1. Squirrel, I still like the feeling of walking around with currency. So, I get a 5 or a 10 broken down into singles so I can feel like a “Big” man.

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  7. I still use deposit slips and write real checks. I don’t use a drive-thru, either. I want to look the teller in the eye and have them give me a piece of paper.

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    1. WHEN I actually have a paper check, I always go into the bank, or usually — I have Garry do it. He says all he does is just hand the check and his card to the lady and she does everything. They make ME punch in numbers and slide things, but they know him and realize he’s one of Those People.

      Both of us want the little piece of paper that says “Got your check!”

      I only get checks from friends who with whom I’m swapping parts of the camera. He wants that lens, I want that OTHER lens. If we can’t work out a 1-on-1 swap, we hand each other pieces of paper. Then someone has to go to the bank.

      Oh, and for reasons I don’t get, refunds from many companies (electric, the mortgage bank, etc.) ALWAYS send a paper check, even if it is for less than a dollar.


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