We took the kids to the Museum of Flight Monday. While we were in line, I fished through my wallet trying to find my membership card. I found it — after we reached the front of the line, my wife put down the youngest, dug out her purse, and flashed the card. This is a sign that I may soon need an European carry-all for all the stuff in my wallet. A quick inventory:
- Driver’s license
- Proof of Auto Insurance — one for each car
- Two credit cards — yes, only two
- ATM card
- Health Insurance
- Dental Insurance
Grocery store affinity cards – Taking a cue from Jennifer Government, QFC, Albertsons and Safeway have these ridiculously stupid “discount cards” that one has to carry around to get normal prices for items.
- Quality Food Center — convenience store prices
- Albertsons — no hassle registering anonymously
- Safeway — my Safeway Card still has Rob Cockerham‘s bar code sticker. I wondered why the cashier was chuckling.
- Costco — membership warehouse; the biggest value is saving $0.10/gallon on gasoline.
- PCC natural foods — I don’t know that there’s any real discount except on the 1st and 16th of the month. The cashiers are very cool.
- AAA — American Automobile Association, discounts galore
- Homeowner association card — so I can use the pool.
- King County Library — otherwise my Amazon.com bill would approach that of my mortgage
- Seattle Children’s Museum — the kids dig this place, but it’s so noisy
- Museum of Flight
- Woodland Park Zoo
- Seattle Aquarium* — I’ll renew this when the kids want to look at more than just the octopus.
- National Parks System — bought when I went to Great Basin NP in December
- Pilot license — I tried using this as a “government issued ID” once.
- FAA second class medical — in the unlikely event that I exercise my commercial pilot privileges and fly for hire.
- WA state pilot registration
- AOPA membership
- SPA — Seaplane Pilot’s Association* membership
- NAFI — National Association of Flight Instructors*
- Performance Bicycle — 10% rebate on cycling toys
- Ritz Camera — free extra prints or film
- REI — 10% “dividend”
- Cold Stone creamery — buy 9, get one free
- UW Alumni Association — instructions for the secret handshake
- Barnes and Noble – 20% off
- Jiffy Lube — $7 off an oil change
- Adventure Cycling
- Barnes and Noble — $10
- Sears — $25
- Puget Sound Blood Center — I am almost ineligible to donate because I’ve spent too much time outside the U.S.
- University of Washington Student ID*
- Blockbuster Video rental card (x 2)*
- Blockbuster Video discount card*
* = so expired, it’s not even funny.
Noticably missing: pictures of the family, soda crackers, spare change.
Not in my wallet because I don’t travel any more:
- Frequent flyer cards: United (gold), American (platinum), Continental, Northwest, America West, US Air, Alaska Airlines — most of these have been converted to tickets or redeemed for magazine subscriptions.
- Hotel: Hilton, Holiday Inn (yeah, I know, don’t say it), Hyatt (platinum), Best Western, Sheraton, Marriott
- Canadian currency
Beware – you might have to go to the police to report your purse stolen. Happened to my dad in Brazil….
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