â€¦ has nothing to do with cash, really.
You know how once in a while, you see one of those old cars driving in traffic, the ones that look like a Model T. My first day cardless, I saw one on Mass Ave, just put-putting down the road in the middle of all the normal, modern cars. This past week using only cash & checks, I have felt like that â€“ a relic of an obsolete paper economy in a world of instant electronic payments. A financial Model T.
Alas, I must confess that T must also stand for Transgression. Also that first Friday, I found myself needing to ride the T. I use the term â€śneedâ€ť rather loosely here, though I had rather dug myself into a hole. (Lesson 1: do not assume a date will be so impressed by your dedication to this contest that sheâ€™ll happily front you the fare. Only one of us suffered the proverbial consequences of assumptions, Iâ€™ll leave you to guess which.) My options seemed to be either have someone else pay, cheat in the contest, or jump the gate / break the law. Somehow I did not think that using a paper CharlieTicket would count, and I didnâ€™t even think of a week pass. In any case, the T on Friday night was my transgression. Maybe the second lesson is about knowing your financial options.
And now Iâ€™m out of Tâ€™s. Maybe I can say that Iâ€™m looking forward to buying some music on iTunes this weekend.