24 November 2012

Good old check depositing days of yore

My bank recently started allowing me to deposit my checks through my phone (I know, a cool feature that almost every other bank had, but they give me free checks so I stick with them). I had been really happy when I first got the feature, I could hardly wait to use it. Now, I am considering not using it any more because I found it introduced a void in my life.

I live 30 minutes away from the nearest branch of my bank. Conveniently, the bank is surrounded by a fully featured city complete with shopping and delicious food vendors. Thus, previous to my mobile check cashing days, checks meant not only money (which is always a good thing) but also a  drive with a friend (or friends) and then often a meal with said party before another drive back home. It was a rare excuse to spend time together. While under the guise of necessity, everyone knew that it only takes one to deposit a check yet we were all glad for the time spent together and the excitement of breaking out of escaping, however shortly, the boring cycle that small towns can lock you into.

Now I find myself in a new quandary. While I fully recognize that my previous reasoning was nearly invalid, I am struggling to come up with a new excuse of any validity. No excuse seems to be able to combine sufficient seriousness to justify the drive while still allowing enough levity to not encumber the evening.

"Want to go want the wind mills?" is dismissed with, "That's a good date, but not a good group activity."

"Want to go shopping and have dinner?" is met with, "If we had money to spend on frivolous things."

"Want to peruse a distant thrift store?" gets, "That's a long way for nothing."

Even if I break down and call it what it is: "Want to go catch some dinner?" I still have to overcome, "What's wrong with the restaurants in town?"

Alas, I will still use my mobile deposits because I would feel lame to not use it (plus, mobile deposits do not cost gas to drive 30 minutes one way), but I will still fondly remember the "good old check depositing days" of yore.


  1. My twin sister and I were missing a similar phenomenon recently - the anticipation and reward of hearing our favorite songs on the radio. The advent of the internet and iTunes has made music, and especially "music on demand," so ubiquitous that we have lost the era of waiting and waiting all day long, hoping and straining our ears for that ONE MOMENT that the DJ plays our very favorite song on the radio. My twin sister and I would squeal with delight when that one song came on, then grab our hair brushes and lip synch in the bathroom mirror, doing our best dance moves in utter bliss. My parents would roll their eyes when our long-awaited favorite tune would come over the car radio and we would screech, then beg for them to "turn it up PLEEEASE!!!" They would assure us that we would grow out of our passion for music, or at least temper it with other cares. Well, we didn't - at least not until iTunes eased the agony for the DJ to spin our favorite song, because we could just satiate our NEED for the top 100 by buying individual hits and then play them ad nauseum on our iPods.

    I think something died when iTunes appeared on the scene, and our "get it now online" culture no longer knows the sweetness of anticipation that once held sway over the airwaves. THAT was truly "a consummation devoutly to be wished."

  2. Well put! As things change sometimes they get better and sometimes they get worse. It is interesting to see how what starts out as a good thing (iTunes on demand music, for instance) can end up robbing us of what we enjoy most (no longer experiencing the thrill of anticipation).