Payback to Come: 525

I still have one dollar to pay back to W of the three I borrowed (see the other two here: Pennies and Inflation.) A few weeks ago he set up exactly how I would pay it back:

I could either count every digit on a handful of coins or every numeral on some dollar bills to get a total number. That number would be the number of slaps, whacks or smacks that I would have to endure in order to pay off my last dollar.  So a coin that has 1995 on it for the date would equal 24.  A dollar bill has all kinds of numerals on it, including long serial numbers, which might add up to more (or less.)

The kicker? I had to choose coins or bills before adding each of them up.

Still, it seemed an easy choice. “Coins,” I said, without hesitation.

W raised his eyebrows. “Are you sure?” he asked, and went on to explain again how it would work.

When I nodded emphatically that I was absolutely 100% sure, he handed me one coin and one dollar bill and insisted I look at them both. I couldn’t decide if he was trying to save me or trick me.

Payback coins or bills

But no…even after looking at them both, I was really really sure that I had made the right decision.

“Okay,” he said, his tone one of finality – and doom. He knew I had made the wrong one.

He handed me three one dollar bills and a handful of coins that added up to three dollars.

Doesn't look like much, does it?

“Add them both up,” he said.  So I did.


messy desk
Yep, I needed an adding machine.
adding machine
Just now beginning to realize I may have made a fearsome mistake...
Oh no...seriously???
Yeah, that reads "525." The bills added up to 388.

And that, my friends, is the number. 

Five hundred and twenty-five!

He just said, “Time for payback.”

I’ll be back when I’ve paid him back.  If I can still stand up – or sit down.


  1. severin says:

    You guys have such fun and are so inventive. Great idea. And lovely picture of you realising the result.
    sev xx

  2. Wayne says:

    good luck

    i have a very soft pillow you can borrow if you need one

  3. ROTFL

    That’ll larn ya!!! ;)

  4. the long bean says:

    What a fun way to learn your math…..

  5. MrJ says:

    oops… not yet back!

  6. Kara says:

    LOVE the shoes in pic 1. Need a better close-up though ;)
    Kara XOXOXO

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