This March Madness season I filled out two brackets — both of which are no longer in the competition, as far as I can see. However, for one group I’m part of, last place at the end actually gets back the entry fee of $10. Sweet. A reward for being the best at being the worst. Part of my issue is that I fill out my bracket based on emotion, not reality — which is why I’m always heartbroken (and poorer) every year because of my alma mater, Syracuse. (2003 being the exception). I had Cuse winning the whole thing in both of my brackets this year. WHOOPS.
So anyway, the second group I’m in cost $5 to enter. I didn’t pay the organizer the entry fee before the tourney began, but mailed him a check earlier this week — in fact, the day after Syracuse got knocked out. In the memo line/section on my check to him I wrote “Cuse Sucks.”
This has got me thinking. Why don’t I take advantage of this blank memo line more often? I really should be writing more personal messages to the people I give checks to. You’re probably thinking to yourself, “Who the hell writes personal checks still these days anyway? I have a debit card and pay all my bills and stuff online.” Well yeah, but you still have checks too — so you must be using them for something.
Perhaps I’ll try to have more fun with my check-writing in the future. If I owe someone money from a bet I lost, I’ll write on the memo line, “You’re a dick” or “I hate you”.
Paying a Time Warner Cable bill and aren’t satisfied with the service? — perhaps writing on the memo line “You guys are assholes” could be good. As far as I know, there’s nothing illegal about writing obscenities on a personal check.
Doesn’t have to be all negative either, consider offering helpful advice to others.
Giving your nephew a check for his birthday? Write on the memo line “Don’t spend it all on drugs”