Tuesday, January 19, 1999

Fake money

One day I took my niece, Guadalupe, to another child's birthday party. This is an email exchange between her father and me.

From: Aaron Priven To: Dan Priven Date: January 16, 1999 Hi, Dan. One of the many things Guadalupe got in her "loot bag" last night was $99 in fake money. While I suppose you might allow Guadalupe to simply spend this money on fake things, it might be better in the long run to use it to teach her more about money. For example, I would be happy to open an account for her at the California Fake Bank. The bank offers both bankbook savings as well as checking accounts, both of which bear interest -- 2% for bankbook savings and 1% for interest checking. Certificates of deposit are also available at competitive rates for a wide variety of terms, from 60 days to 5 years. Deposits are fully insured by the Fake Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). Alternatively, I would be happy to purchase some shares for her on the Fake Investment Exchange. A number of companies' stock is traded there, from stable dividend-bearing companies like Fake Gas and Electric (FIX:FGE) to volatile Internet stocks which might go up in value. I have not, at the present time, set up a fake options exchange or derivative trading floor, but if Guadalupe seeks to put her money in these kinds of instruments, I'd be happy to oblige. Let me know, =Aaron=
From: Dan Priven To: Aaron Priven Date: January 19, 1999 I already sold her 99 fake lotto tickets, but thanks, anyway. -Dan