I’ve been on a bit of a cleaning kick lately. Getting the house straightened up tends to be one of my first big summer projects, as we’re coming fresh off the busy end of a semester/school year where things tend to become a pig sty and I feel a little bad about how little I’ve been able to contribute.
So far I’ve hit part of our main living room, the kitchen and the downstairs bathroom. However, I took a bit of a distracted turn when starting to look at my room.
While clearing off my desk (which you can see in a fairly clean state through this post I wrote the last time I straightened up around here), I also decided to clean out my wallet to make room for a few extra cards and such I now want to carry around with me.
I thought the state of my wallet when I started was interesting as some sort of example of my “constant carry” mental state, so I wanted to take the chance to run through exactly what I found.
Who knows, maybe it’ll be interesting to compare that to whatever I carry in the future.
Here’s the stuff I won’t outright show you, but it’s the stuff you’ll expect to see no matter what.
Boils down to this:
- My Driver’s License
- My Cal State Fullerton ID
- My AAA Card
- My Family’s Health Care Card
- My Family’s Vehicle Insurance
- My Debit Card
Pretty generic stuff. Just don’t expect me to be silly enough to post pictures of my numbers and such to be abused by whatever internet trolls are lingering around.
My Lucky Coin
In a complete 180 degree turn, here’s something that isn’t vital to my survival, but also isn’t something I tend to part with very often.
I can’t tell you exactly where or when I got my hands on this Lugia-printed silver coin. I can’t tell you why I wound up putting such high praise into it.
All I can tell you is that it will always be sitting right behind my Driver’s License in its special outward flap. For luck.
It’s goofy, but what can I say. I’m a superstitious guy when I want to be.
My SPJ Card
Probably the most recent addition to the cast, here’s my membership card for the Society of Professional Journalists.
Though I’ve been interested in joining the organization for some time, I decided to wait way too long for some reason and didn’t get my hands on this until a few months ago.
Considering I’ll be aiming to get myself more actively involved in the CSUF branch of SPJ going forward, it won’t hurt to keep this sucker around.
My Library Card
If my SPJ Card is very recent, this library card is very old. I’d argue at least 10 years, but the plastic itself doesn’t actually indicate how long ago I first got it.
All I can tell you is it’s at least old enough to warrant my mom having signed the “for anyone 18 and younger” parental signature space.
If nothing else, digging this sucker out has made me think about just how long it’s been since I used it.
Perhaps I’ll take a trip down to the Library one of these days, just to hang around and study if nothing else.
A single GameStop Gift Card
How much money is still on this thing?
Why am I just carrying it around?
Who gave it to me?
What is making me put so much thought into the damn thing?
All of these questions and more linger as I gaze into the sleek red-black-white physique of this particular card.
Some Membership Cards
There’s a bit of a “Tale of Two Cities” deal going on with these cards, for as random a combination as they may be.
The Men’s Warehouse Rewards Card is the more bizarre of the two. I’ve really only used it once back when I needed to get a suit for my high school graduation.
Didn’t even go to Men’s Warehouse when I needed a suit for the Comm Awards a few weeks back.
On the other hand, I actually use the Which Wich Rewards Card all the time. Way more than I probably should, honestly.
What can I say. There’s a Which Wich right next to the newsroom, so it’s one of the three or four restaurants that are constantly in my circulation of places to eat.
So whether or not I’m going to carry this with me
Too many Starbucks Cards
Okay, look people. I drink Starbucks pretty often. Like more often than I probably should – a pattern apparently.
But this is ridiculous.
Obviously most of these cards were gifts from others, but what sick delusion broke its way into my head forcing me to keep all of them in my wallet at the same time?
Actually, that’s not fair. Not all of them are in my wallet.
I also found three or four Starbucks cards sitting on my desk hidden under piles of junk.
Seriously what is wrong with me? I literally spent a good 15 minutes today just jotting down Card numbers to throw them all on my digital account for ease of access later.
Did I really think it was more beneficial to just carry all of this extra junk?!
Sometimes I’ll never understand past Jason.
Probably more interesting than the plastic rewards cards I pointed out earlier are these punch cards I’ve decided to carry around for some reason or another.
The one on the left is for a local car wash right around where I live, one that actually does a pretty nice, thorough job not only cleaning the outside but the inside of the car.
However… Fate can be a cruel mistress. I’ve only had the chance to go once, hence the one stamp on the card, because the back window on my car is still broken.
Haven’t been able to get the thing properly washed in months. So that’s great.
The card from the ice cream place is a bit more interesting to think about why exactly I carry it around.
I’ve only gone to that place a few select times as well, with probably my only visits coming from times I’ve hung around the Del Amo Mall with my friend Samantha.
There’s only two stamps left till we get a free dessert, so I guess we’re going to have to hang out again soon whenever she’s finished with her semester over at El Camino.
Last but not least…
Good old Washingtons.
Only have one dollar on me right now. So I guess it’s a good thing I decided to stay inside and clean rather than go out, huh?
That really wraps it up for my wallet excursion. Like I said, perhaps I’ll check back on this post in a few years and see where I’m at in my life based on the contents of my wallet.
Though in the meantime, I am curious to know if any of you have anything particularly bizarre or special in your wallets/purses/whatever it may be.
If you do and you’re interested in sharing, let me know in the comments!