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Chuck Hinman: You Did What? Upon retirement Chuck takes his pennies to the bank.
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By Chuck Hinman

You Did What?

Most of us men will live long enough to do something dumb enough to trigger a sarcastic "you did what" response from our wives. It is unavoidable so don't sulk when it happens. You are NOT abnormal!

I'll be a little late

A well publicized local example is how the trucker who hit the Adams overpass recently explained that one to his wife over his cell phone while pondering how to get his "too tall truck" unstuck from the overpass! Can't you hear the conversation - "I'll be a little late for lunch, honey. Go ahead and eat!" All this time his wife was screaming repeatedly the infamous words "YOU DID WHAT!"

A penny saved is a penny . . . .

My dumb trick in the "YOU DID WHAT!" category came on the first Monday after I retired in August 1985. We still lived in Houston and my long awaited first official act of retirement was to package our collection of pennies and take them for deposit to one of the drive-in windows of the First City Bank of Bellaire, a well known Houston landmark at Bellaire and 610 West Loop. It also housed my office in my last years of employment with Phillips.

Are you having a problem?

After sitting in my car an unbelievable long time (others had long ago been waited on and left) a teller recognized me and said "Mr. Hinman, are you having a problem with your transaction?" I'm going to let you guess the rest of the conversation but it included the words "YOU DID WHAT" -- the same words my wife used when I sheepishly told her days later.

A mysterious bank deposit

I never knew how long that drive-in window was down nor did I want to know. Several weeks later, I received a deposit slip in the mail acknowledging a mysterious $8.50 deposit.

Written by Chuck Hinman. Emailed Monday, 30 March 2009.

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