The Boston Diaries

The ongoing saga of a programmer who doesn't live in Boston, nor does he even like Boston, but yet named his weblog/journal “The Boston Diaries.”

Go figure.

Monday, March 13, 2023

“We couldn't pause TV and we couldn't just fast forward through the commercials! Gather around kids, and I shall tell more horror tales of the past …”

Over a week ago, I had to order some checks from my bank due to a new recurring expense. My last check I wrote from my checkbook was for some time in 2015. Then one check from 2014, and one from 2013.

Needless to say, I haven't had a need for a checkbook in years.

So the new checkbook arrived (two of them, actually). I recall in the past, they would arrive in the mail in a box sized large enough to hold the checks. But today, they arrived in an unusual format—a flat package about 6½ × 10 × ½ inches (16.5 × 25.5 × 10 mm). Upon opening it, it looked like a book, and stuck to the inside cover were two checkbooks. I pulled them off, and beneath one of them was instructions on how to write a check (with a link to an instructional video)!

I suddenly feel old.

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