Tag Archives: Connect Card

Week 49 – 2014

This week was as most starts of the month where I do a lot of activity, but of little interest. I picked up a couple of groceries at the end of the month, and had an errand in the middle of the month where I also added funds to my Connect Card. This was essential as I had very little left. I also had an appointment with my Anesthesiologist, but this was the normal 3 month follow up. And of course, I paid my bills – all of which were done electronically. Andrea paid a portion of her phone bill, and hopefully will pay the rest before Tuesday of next week.

As for plans for next week, I will have another doctor’s appointment, and will have to get groceries for most of the month. I will also be continuing to work on my one site that I want to finish (but not likely) before the end of this month. I will also be indulging myself on American Horror Story – Coven (season 3).

Week 39 – 2014

Not much happened this week considering it is the end of the month. I did a little work on someone’s PC which in turn allowed me to earn a little money. That cash went adding funds on my transit card, and getting groceries. I also did some pre-work for a new site which will be coming online. I know I still have a number of other sites that needs to have work on them, but I guess I just can’t keep to one thing. As for plans for the coming week, I will be getting my benefits in the middle of the week which of course will have to be used to pay bills, and thankfully not have to worry about addressing my transit card. However, not much else is planned.

My 7 Month Cashless Experiment

Now, I am not saying that we should eliminate money. At this time, there are simply too many political, logistical, and social issues that will stand in the way of that Utopia. However, I am suggesting that we go Cashless. There is a difference. Money is what we use to trade for goods and services. Cash is the physical representation of money. Since January of 2014, I have conducted a small experiment. I decided to discover the impact and consequences of going cashless. I am the type that wants to be as unbiased as possible, and if I am going to complain about something, I am going to know what I am complaining about, and bring up realistic solutions to whatever my gripe is.

So, what did I rely on, and what happens when someone gave me cash? Well, what I would always carry will be my photo ID, my Google Wallet card which has all of my discretionary money, and if needed – I could transfer money from a credit card to my Wallet account. Last I had my Public Transit card. The ID had nothing to do with going cashless. However, to ride the public transit system, I used the Public Transit Card. When I needed to refill the card, I used a credit card, or my Wallet Card. So what happens when someone handed me cash? Well, I placed it in an envelope and would take that money down with me the next time I would be close to my bank. Once a month, I will take $10 of that cash to do laundry. This is because the Laundromat in Troy Hill supports only cash. Once my money was deposited into my bank account, I can then pay bills, or transfer to my wallet. Also, the shoe repair shop will require a minimum of $10 for cashless transactions. If need be, I will get cash – but will be spent within 15 minutes to address the shoe repair. The only other instance in where there is some form of physical representation will be my Landlord and sending him a check. However, I pay my landlord through the bank’s site and they mail him a check with no additional cost to me. However if my Landlord would take Google Wallet, he could get his money in minutes on the first rather than maybe the 3rd – 5th of the month, only to have to take time to deposit it.

Again, let’s go into the difference between cash and money. Cash is a physical thing. You can touch it, and put it in your pocket. It can be stolen, lost or given away rather freely. Money is the backing of a government and promise to honor a means of trade without having to rely on goods. At one time, cash and money was one and the same. Then came the banking system, and computer transactions. Think about it. If a Millionaire went an bought a $400,000 car – do you really think he is going to bring a briefcase with $400,000 in the dealership? No, he is going to write a check. That check is a promissory note of $400,000 that authorizes the bank to take that money and give it to the dealership. Now, do you really think that banks send large sums of money to each other? In a time before computers – yes. There would even be $100,000 US Notes that could be used to purchase something. These were typically used between banks. Now, it is a simple modification of a computer system and databases. Already – most of the money that transfers and used in commerce is digital. So what are the reasons for not going cashless? Well continue reading

Continue reading My 7 Month Cashless Experiment

2014-02-22

Today was a busy day. First, I had to go to the pharmacy. This was to drop off a prescription which I left there while I had to do address a few groceries. Next, I went to the grocery store to get a couple of loaves of bread, and carrots for the dogs. I also bought a notepad which I was running low on the paper resources I have. In addition to getting my groceries, I also had to add funds to my Connect Card. This was to assure that I will have the bus fare I will need.

Chris also stopped by for a few hours. After he left – I walked and fed the dogs. As for plans for tomorrow, not much is planned. I will definitely be home – although I will plan on doing my laundry. Also, this will be the last daily update post I will be making in the foreseeable future. After today, I will be doing weekly updates rather than daily. These updates will provide from Sunday through Saturday, and will be published on Sunday morning.

2013-12-16

Today was a bit of a busy day, but not as productive as I would have liked. I had an appointment with my anesthesiologist which was the normal checkup every 3 months. The appointment time was a bit off in relation with the bus runs, so I went to the Waterworks Mall – add funds to my Connect Card, and then went to the appointment. This was great as when I got out of my appointment, I walked to the bus stop and got on the 1 within a couple of minutes, and then the 4 within less than 10 minutes of getting off the 1.

Once I got home, I let the dogs out, fed them and spent the rest of the day on myself. I did receive a letter from Social Security which suggests that my income will increase about $10 extra per month. I will report this change with Section-8, and Department of Public Assistance.

Continue reading 2013-12-16

2013-03-27

A bit happened today, at least during the morning. In a sense, I didn’t want to go as I still had a bit of pain, however I sucked it up. I had a few errands that had to be done in order to make life reasonable over the next days, and future. Before I left, I gave the dogs a rawhide stick. They get one every few days to keep their teeth clean.

About 9AM, I left to take a bus to go to a post office. It was actually a sub-station with the postal clerk complaining that I only had a $100 bill when I wanted to pay for $70 worth of services. I personally feel it wasn’t my fault that he couldn’t complete my order fully. I think from now on, I will check to see if I could just purchase online through the post office’s web site. It wouldn’t have solved all of my problems, but it would have solved what I would consider as stupidity on the worker’s part.

Continue reading 2013-03-27

2013-03-19

Not much happened today. I went to the bank to make a small deposit which went towards my bus fare. I went to Giant Eagle which I learned that there is someone in PAT’s customer service that doesn’t know what they are talking about. I was able to add funds to my Connect Card, but wasn’t able to get cash value tickets which I use for transfers. This will mean I will have to make a separate trip to Downtown to get bus tickets, or pay an extra $2 to have it mailed to me.

While at Giant Eagle, I also bought some bread, and a 38lb of dog food. When I returned, I walked that dogs, and they played for a little while. As for plans for tomorrow, not much is planned. I might watch a couple of shows on Hulu, but otherwise – nothing special.

2013-12-31

Not much happened today, although it was hectic. I misplaced my transit card, and my Google Wallet card – both of which I gave up and had them replaced as the old ones being lost. I did find them after I reported them, so that made my life inconvenient. Because of the card issue, I had to walk to Downtown which took about an hour. While in Downtown, I did pay for their license fees for 2014. I also took the subway to Allegheny Station where I went to the Humane Society to get their heartworm prevention medicine. After that, I returned to Downtown to catch the bus back home. I left at 9:00AM, and got home about 12:30PM.

As for plans for tomorrow, there are none. I will hopefully be able to walk the dogs. Otherwise, I will be home – especially since there is no bus service, nor money after paying bills. Not much else will be planned for tomorrow as I will spend some of the day recovering from today.

2012-08-24

A bit more than usual has happened today. First, I needed to go to Downtown to get bus tickets, and add to my Connect Card. It would seem as if the fare box panics and hiccups when you try to pay with cash, and a fare card. So the idea is to hand the driver the bus ticket which will support for a transfer, and use the fare card for the actual fare.

After the trip to Downtown to get my card filled and bus tickets, I went to the store in the North Side and purchased some food. I essentially purchased breakfast and lunch for the rest of the food month. After that, I walked to the nearby pharmacy to purchased iced tea. Even though there was a line, and people taking their time, I managed to catch the bus with a few moments to spare.

Continue reading 2012-08-24

First Impression–Connect Card

Late last month, I received my Connect Card from Port Authority of Allegheny County. I am not going to go in how this should had been doing 10 years ago, or how I had to wait almost 3 weeks before I could have started using it, but this is in focus on my first impression of the card, and what I think should be improved on.

Continue reading First Impression–Connect Card