Some people. . .

by Rocket Finance

seem to have all the luck.

You know the kind. Those people whose life seems to be paved with the red carpet.

 Let me describe one of my friends from highschool: E– was short and bald (at 18), and yet his girlfriend was a tall brunette who had no shortage of possible suitors.  .  . she was not hard on the eyes and had a very sweet personality besides. E–‘s family was not rich, but he always seemed to happen into enough money to meet his needs and then some. He rarely had a job, but when he did it was something like “pick your nose and we will give you $100 for whatever you find”. At least 15% of our graduating class earned a higher GPA than E–, but he earned a high score on the National Merit Scholarship test that he took his junior year.

As a result of that score, he was offered a $2,000 per year scholarship to private college A. Private college B was also interested in his attending their school and beat the original offer by $1,000. E– successfully played the schools against one another until he was offered a full-ride scholarship including room, board and tuition from the school he originally chose. He then secured a position as a grad assistant that included board, tuition and stipend at the University of Wisconsin – took a paid doctoral fellowship in England – and is continuing his doctoral work in the Netherlands. He is 33 years old, no debt, living abroad and has yet to hold a real job.

Why am I telling you all of this? Because this post by Mighty Bargain Hunter made me think of my friend E–. I mean, how many people know to ask about “strange money”? How many people actually know that a 1966A $100 United States Note is worth significantly more than a regular, run-of-the-mill $100 bill? Who knows that kind of stuff? If I asked for strange money in my local bank, I am confident that all I would get is a strange look.

Don’t get me wrong, stuff like this is why I read personal finance blogs. You just never know when you are going to learn something that might help you save a buck or earn a buck. I am sure that MBH worked hard to acquire his knowledge. All I had to do was read his blog.

I can’t wait to cash in the next time I run across a 1966A $100 United States Note.

I’m still kind of jealous of E–, though.


  1. 2 Responses to “Some people. . .”

  2. By mbhunter on Dec 26, 2007 | Reply

    Thanks for the compliment and the link.

    BTW I finally linked to your _real_ website — I had been linking to rather than

    Merry Christmas!

  3. By rocketc on Dec 27, 2007 | Reply

    Thanks – common mistake. I’m sure my competitor appreciated it. 🙂

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