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Having a lovely flashback to the 20th century.

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Mar. 14th, 2017 | 10:59 pm

But it's a bummer there is no Netflix back here.

About to do an errand I have to do less and less frequently as I continue through adulthood: order checks. At least I can do it online. When I was a kid, my parents would either call to do it or--let's get crazy--do it in person at the bank.

This was also the time when the date field was stylized as "___________, 19___" and among our other silly Y2K worries I remember people wondering what we would do after the years started with 20xx instead of 19xx. Miraculously (or so it seemed) our banks responded well in advance by turning the date line into just that, a totally blank line to allow freestyle writing of the year.

OK! Hadn't done this since 2015, so it took me a minute to even find the place to make an order on the bank website, but all in the clear now. The site also defaulted to $8 for shipping, but I had the option to change to free shipping, because I sure as heck don't need these things urgently. I also still have the option to order the old-school carbon-copy duplicate type checks! And the final insult, at the confirmation page: "Please print this page for your records." I'm going to pass on that one. Amazing how this low-tech world is still hanging on. Maybe by 2040 or so it will be gone for good.

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M!ke

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from: rockingthemike
date: Mar. 15th, 2017 12:42 pm (UTC)
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you can order cheques online? seriously, didn't know this (makes sense though!). i last ordered cheques back in 2004, and at that time ordered four books. i still have 1.5 books left...

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jonathan

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from: silverthief2
date: Mar. 16th, 2017 01:43 am (UTC)
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It's a nice perk! I am only ordering one book at a time, but each one lasts about 2 years. :)

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M!ke

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from: rockingthemike
date: Mar. 16th, 2017 11:55 am (UTC)
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my bank at the time had this stupid thing, where you got charged $30 to order cheques, for up to 4 books ordered. order one? $30. order four? $30. i only use them to pay rent (who actually takes cheques anymore?!).

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Tan Gnat

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from: pundigrion
date: Mar. 15th, 2017 01:21 pm (UTC)
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I used to always order my cheques from adverts in the newspaper (what we called the silky sections) because the bank always wants crazypants money for them.

Then I would move... I don't think I ever finished a box of them due to all the moving. I mean I didn't buy new ones every time, but once you've changed states or even counties, it seemed like a good idea if I wanted people to keep accepting them.

Here in Canada they don't have those. One of my accounts gives you a certain number of free cheques a year, so you get a sheet of like three of them. Otherwise I would have to pay the crazypants fee to get a box. K gets the box for free meanwhile because he has a fancier account than me. Gotta be rich to not pay for cheques?

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jonathan

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from: silverthief2
date: Mar. 16th, 2017 01:44 am (UTC)
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I'm glad Canadians have chimed in with comments. This is quite interesting. No idea if I'm getting a good deal but it was $18USD for a book that will last at least two years, which seems inexpensive?

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Tan Gnat

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from: pundigrion
date: Mar. 17th, 2017 02:52 am (UTC)
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Oh yeah, I lived in the US still when I was ordering them out of the paper. Canadians look at me like I am talking crazy when I say that!

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