I've been reading the newspaper. Did ya see where:
Many of the PXs (Post Exchange) on Army bases in foreign countries have stopped accepting pennies. They round off every sale to the nearest nickel. If an item is $2.98, you pay $3. If it's $2.97, you pay $2.95.
The reason the people who run the Army stores give is that most of the pennies never come back to them so they had to have pennies shipped to them from the United States and it costs more to ship 50 pounds of pennies than pennies are worth.
Most people hate pennies. Our dresser drawers runneth over with them. If all the pennies that are not in circulation were dug out of their hiding places and brought to Washington by the truckload, we could probably pay the national debt.
If I had time, I'd lead a movement to eliminate pennies. I'm not even sure about nickels anymore. Once you could no longer buy a pack of gum, a bar of candy or a Coke with a nickel, they became almost useless.
A newspaper ad for a new Lincoln that costs $37,000 lists a dozen features I don't have on my car. Mine cost me $9,300 plus what they gave me for a trade-in on my old car.
Following are some of the features I wouldn't pay $37,000 to have:
"Automatic On-Off Headlamps." I'll decide when I want my headlights to go on and off.
"Dual Power Heated Outside Mirrors." I don't mean to sound cruel, but I don't care whether my outside mirrors get cold or not.
"Wiper-activated headlamps." I'm not sure what they are, but I don't think I want my wipers activating my headlights. I'll activate those myself, too.
"Power Tilt-telescoping Steering Wheel." I like to know where my steering wheel is at all times. I don't want it tilting or telescoping.
"Speed-dependent Ride Height Adjuster." Whose height does it adjust, mine or the car's?
"Illuminated Interior Door Handles." For the extra money, I'll just continue to feel for my door handles in the dark.
In New Delhi, India, where the temperature often gets to 110 degrees in the summer, only one percent of the houses have air conditioning.
The thing I remember most about India was something called khus khus. Indians put wooden lattices over the sides of a low office building and draped them with moss. Men with pigskin bladders filled with water circled the building constantly, throwing water up over the moss. It was often windy and air moving through the wet moss reduced the temperature inside the building.
Optiva, a company that makes toothbrushes in Bellevue, Wash., had sales of $48 million last year and was the second fastest-growing business in the country.
Optiva didn't get rich off me. Maybe I'm not brushing hard enough because my toothbrushes don't wear out. I buy a new toothbrush every two or three years.
The average car driven in Italy is 14 years old, according to the Wall Street Journal. Italians keep their cars longer than I keep my toothbrushes.