Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Can you reuse check numbers?

The short answer is Yes, you can write multiple checks with the same check number.

A slightly longer answer is that my bank lets me, and so I'm guessing probably yours will let you too.

Fewer and fewer people use checks to pay for things nowadays, but the other day I got to wondering what happens if you use the same check number more than once. For example, maybe your last check was 1249, and you order new checks starting at 1200. What happens when you write checks with numbers you've already used before?

At least where I bank, the stuff that's normally supposed to happen happens -- the money goes out of your account and to whomever cashed the check. They don't care if you use the same check number more than once. The only warning they had for me is that while they let you download the image of cashed checks from their online banking website, if you reuse a number, only the image of whichever of that number was cashed first will be available to download. 

Friday, September 04, 2009

Tacky license plate frame idea

The other day I saw a license plate frame that said:


Do it in a dark room

Today I came up with a frame idea for libertarians:


Do it in the free market

And capitalists:


Do it for mutual benefit

Neither of those is listed in this 'Do It' Professional Trades Guide, so I'm assuming I'm the first one to come up with these new additions to the list of potential tacky license plate frames. I apologize in advance for making the internet just a little more tacky.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009


But do you think they used enough cones?
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Friday, March 20, 2009

I swear I'm not a crazy cat person...

But check out this crazy thing I did for my cat.

Madison's litter box was being evicted from what will soon be Paige's bathroom, so we needed a new place to put it. With our dog constantly on the lookout for some tasty morsels (eew), options were limited. The litter box had previously been off-limits to Molly the beagle using a pet gate. Finding a new location wouldn't be easy. But I like a good challenge.

The solution turned out to be perfect -- put the litter box in our bathroom cabinet! Out of the way where the dog can't reach it, out of sight, and as an added bonus I'd get to cut a big hole in the wall. And run electrical.

For access, Madison goes through a tunnel in the wall (boxed in and framed with wood trim). The motion-activated LED night light turns on if it's dark enough, and off again after 90 seconds of inactivity. It's wired through the GFCI outlet, so Madison doesn't need to worry about splashing the outlet (but I hope she doesn't).

How does she like it? A lot! It's fun to climb through wall tunnels.

The only downside? You don't want to open the drawer above right after she's done her business, it lets all the STINK out!

Someday when we move, someone's gonna wonder why there's a hole in the bathroom wall. Already got that one covered: I'll put the shelf back in the cabinet, which happens to be right at the level of the bottom of the tunnel. Stick a couple rolls of toilet paper there, and voila! It's a super convenient place to store extra TP so you don't need to worry about running out.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Blogger now lets you post to your blog by txt msg. Neat. ...

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Eau de Eeewww

Who gets their lotion out of a sewer? Gross.

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