Maximum coinage.

The box of CDs at Dr. Disc was empty. Again. Now it is full. Again. We seem to have developed a new rhythm where every two weeks the box is empty and I need to refill it. At this point I have no idea who all these people are who keep grabbing the CDs. But thanks for taking them, whoever you may be, even though you’re probably not reading this. I hope your libido hasn’t been permanently altered in the aftermath of listening to my music. And if it has been…you’re welcome!

On a non-music-related note, if someone tells you it’s a good idea to toss your random spare change into a jar or container of some sort from time to time, you could do a lot worse than taking their advice. It adds up.

I throw my change into two separate containers. The loonies and toonies go in a metal (or faux-metal) container that came with an old cell phone. Amusingly enough, the container has probably gotten more use from me than the phone ever did. Quarters, nickels, and dimes go in a big plastic jar I’ve had for close to twenty years now. I can’t remember what its original intended use was, but it quickly turned into a depository for change.

Every so often, when things get close to the point of overflowing, I decide it’s time to roll up the change and either stick it in the bank or get it converted into paper money. We’re talking years of accumulated change here. Still, it always surprises me just how much it all amounts to when it’s all properly arranged.

Early yesterday morning I took a look at the plastic jar of silver coins and realized its time had come. While there was still a bit of room left, the thing had grown so heavy it was difficult to lift. Best to take a crack at it while it was still possible to pick up without breaking something, I thought.

So what started out as this…

…turned into this.

What I want to know is, what ever possessed me to slap a sticker on the side of the jar that says “prevent tooth decay every day”? That’s a mystery.

But yeah. Tossing your spare change into a container of some sort and letting it accumulate for a few years is never a bad idea in my book. If you give it at least a year or two, you might be surprised how much it all adds up to. Most people probably don’t want to go to the trouble of rolling all those coins (it took me at least a good three hours to do what I did up there), but if you’re used to doing repetitive things with your hands — like assembling CD cases and folding inserts, or engaging in self-massage — the time just flies by.

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