On those rare occasions that I can get anyone to sit down to a board game that involves imaginary money, I call “BANKER.”
When playing Monopoly, I not only handle the paper money, but the real estate as well. You might say it’s a conflict of interest. I say that it simply streamlines the game, since I am clearly the most capable person available to multitask the all important job of KEEPING ALL THE MONEY STRAIGHT, AND FACING THE RIGHT DIRECTION. AND BTW, THE REAL ESTATE CARDS SHOULD BE NEATLY FILED BY COLOR AND PRICE.
And while I’m on the subject, WHO IN THEIR RIGHT MIND WOULD USE PARK PLACE AS A COASTER???
I cannot understand why no one wants to play with me.
It should come as no surprise to you that I am beyond excited to be taking Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University course at our church. Since I play the banker in our real life game of Monopoly, Fiddledaddy elected me to attend for our little family.
And besides, the thought of being strapped into a seat for two hours while someone discusses money is enough to send Fiddledaddy screaming for the fire exit.
While I, on the other hand, can sit mesmerized, on the edge of my seat, taking copious notes with my perfectly sharpened #2 pencil. Nearly hyperventilating at the mere mention of compound interest and mutual funds.
Sunday night, we learned that there are basically two types of people when it comes to dealing with money. There are the Free Spirits. And there are the Nerds.
Guess which one I am?
I’ll give you a hint. When I was a single gal living in Los Angeles, my accountant offered me a job EVERY SINGLE YEAR that I brought in my taxes for my return. My spreadsheets were a work of art.
Our checkbook could be framed and hung on the wall, it is so lovely. AND BALANCED. (I don’t let Fiddledaddy even breathe on it. Lest he should SMUDGE the delicate inky renderings.)
All of the dollar bills in my wallet (all 6 of them) are facing the same direction, right side up.
My fingerprints are on EVERY SINGLE RECEIPT that enters our house, and every dollar spent is assigned a category, and then filed alphabetically. After having been entered into Quicken first.
The word that you are searching for is FREAK.
But according to Dave Ramsey, I’m a nerd. And proud of it.
Now, one of the characteristics of a Free Spirit is that they are habitually late to everything. And Fiddledaddy would argue that in that particular respect, I have Free Spirit leanings.
Because I seem to always run late.
However, in my defense, I would argue that I’m always late BECAUSE I AM TRYING TO GET HIS CHILDREN OUT THE DOOR. And his children are notorious dawdlers.
When I was child-free, I was extraordinarily punctual.
I’m sure you’ll be hearing a rebuttal from F.D. soon.
So, financially speaking, what are you? A Free Spirit or a Nerd?