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Day 73 — No Touching

ANN’S NOTE: A reader pointed out that the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing is run by the U.S. Department of Treasury, not the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, which is what I had originally written. This fact has been corrected in the copy below.

If you ever want to feel like a kid in a candy store, you should take a tour of the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP).  Take the Metro to the Smithsonian Institution stop and walk south two blocks and turn right on C Street. Stop at the intersection of 14th and C Streets SW.

The Bureau of Engraving and Printing is run by the U.S. Department of Treasury, and it’s the closest place you can see a lot of money. There’s a saying that if you’re not rich then you should have rich friends. Make BEP your rich friend. You’ll see millions of dollars being printed. None is within reach, if I needed to point that out.  Even so, my eyes would thirst with greed just thinking about the possibilities.

I don’t know if I can get there because I can barely get my ass off the chair and take Metro to my gym. It couldn’t be more convenient, literally steps from the turnstile. I changed my membership to reduce the monthly fee, which means I have to work out by 11 AM, or wait until 5 AM the following day to then get my ass out of bed, which is about 3 feet from my chair. I’m still downstairs in the basement apartment.

Next week, I get to take care of my kids for two weeks, but it’s going to be hard work. Don’t get me wrong. I love my children. I couldn’t say otherwise. But they are needy, and this household already has two needy adults.

Keeping this crisis from the children has been a Washington-monument-sized effort. They know we’re both out of a job, but that doesn’t stop them from asking us to buy computer games or take them to the Dave & Buster’s arcade at White Flint mall. I do sometimes because I need a break from their whining. The signs at Dave & Buster’s warn parents not to leave their minor children, but honestly, who’s looking? They know how to scream, and that’s why I need to take a break.

After I buy them 100 fake gold coins to play games, I leave and window shop and check my Blackberry. Maybe buy a lipstick or two. We all need a little rejuvenation.

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2 Responses to “Day 73 — No Touching”

  1. Bryan says:

    Girl, BEP is great tour, but it is not run by nor does it have anything to do with the Office of the Comptroller of teh Currency. Both are bureaus of the Department of the Treasury. The OCC regulates national banks, but it doens’t have anything to do with printing or engraving money. The name is a relic of President Lincoln in 1863.

  2. gotb says:

    Thank you for correcting me! The beauty about blogging is that I can correct this mistake in the copy, which I did. Thanks again for pointing it out. Being accurate is very important to me.

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