Saturday Sundae

September 14, 2008 By: erik Category: Colindres, Food, Photos 331 views

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After a casual walk around town on Saturday, we decided to stop for sundaes at Gurugu, a local café, where we entertained ourselves watching some toddlers play on some plastic playground equipment and eavesdropped on a couple our age that were so talkative that it must have been their first or second date.

When the bill came, I saw the date and wished my wife a happy eleventh monthiversary.Sundae on Saturday

I had the Copa Mulata. Apparently that’s not racist here. Vote Obama!

Broke the Piggy Bank

We paid our 8€ bill in small coins. I’m kind of torn on this practice. On the one hand, it’s gotta be a real pain in the ass for person receiving the money. But on the other hand, it’s legal currency, dammit! I guess the main problem is that we still have such worthless coins in the first place. Most of my transactions around town, at establishments that know me, are rounded to the nearest 0.05€. The one and two euro penny coins are too much of a pain to deal with. I often see pennies on the ground that I don’t bother to pick up.

Luckily, the bar is owned and run by the same family that owns and runs my local grocery store, so I’m somewhat friends with them. What do you think of paying a bill in small change?

  • I never do it, because the little coins never last long enough in my pocket. They are removed to a dish on a daily basis and every six months or so the collected groats are converted into a paperweight, Voltaic pile, or other metal-requiring project.

  • First of all, Happy eleventh monthiversary!

    Second, I never pay in change either because I dump them in a dish and eventually lug the 40lbs of metal to one of those astoundingly noisy Coinstar machines at the local grocery store to convert them into much more portable foldin’ money.

  • do you mean you actually carry that much small change around with you??

  • The bit I neglected to mention was that there was an accident last week involving Marga’s purse and some rotten fruit. The result of which was the emptying of each of the 7,157 pockets of said purse, resulting in nearly 6€ in small coinage. This coinage, after a thorough bath to remove the smell of raisin, got moved to another purse which accompanied us for the occasion. Thus, my dear wife had been lugging around lots of coins all day and wanted to get rid of them.

    I had some small change and we ended up having to top it off with one euro coin, which is visible in the photograph.

    There appear to be no Coinstar-like services here.

    I’m confused as to why we are using physical currency at all anymore. Spain is way far behind on the credit card revolution.

  • “an accident last week involving MargaÂ’s purse and some rotten fruit” sounds interesting… so it was actually marga carrying around all that change! i agree with you on the credit card thing.. as a (former) avid credit card user (I got thousands of frequent flyer points in the past by spending up big on my credit cards) i found this whole deal of paying with real cash a little hard to get used to… now i don’t even bother to ask if they accept credit cards anymore, i just take it as given…

  • “a couple our age that were so talkative that it must have been their first or second date.” Ah yes – as time goes by conversation dwindles to the occasional grunt, no?
    I personally have no problem paying in change. It’s not THAT big a problem for the vendor, and they often need the change to give to other customers.

  • That’s the way I see it, too, Simon. I’m providing the cash register with needed coinage to give change to other customers. If it weren’t for me, they’d have to go to the bank and ask for rolls of coins!

  • I would never do that, but to each his own. 🙂

    Well, I might do it, but would explain that I needed to get rid of them and would they mind dealing with this pain.

  • I was curious to hear your opinion, Alan, since you’re my experienced bartender reader. I sort of know the woman I gave this to, and I made a point of taking it to her rather than just leaving it on the table. And there was plenty of smiling as I handed over the heavy plate of silver. Whether or not she cursed me under her breath as I walked away, I’ll never know.

  • This cartoon is relevant to my “I often see pennies on the ground that I donÂ’t bother to pick up” claim.

  • Personally, I think what you did was a public service, considering the fact that most stores and many restaurants in Spain always claim that they don’t have any change and they’re always asking the customers to give them exact change.

  • That’s another one of my pet peeves, BB. When store clerks or bartenders look at my 50€ bill (the only size that comes out of the ATM) and say, “Sorry, I don’t have the change for that.” My response is always, “You are asking me for money for your product/service. I am offering you legal tender. If you won’t accept it, then I will take that to be an offer of your product/service for free.” Grrr!! I might make a full blog entry about that sometime.