Of coffee over power walks and plastic money

 

Africa

If you were having coffee with me…… we would first go on power walk..because a healthy body= healthy mind, yes I am #TeamFitness. Exercise is good for the mind, you could at least try thinking about it Ha! see what I did there.

If you are groaning about going on a power walk; aren’t you glad today I was not going jogging and then we would have to run until our hearts start pumping battery acid, then we run some more…. A great way to beat the cold since the sun is not being shy about refusing to be warm you see.

If you are having coffee with me we would be having this herbal concoction, Zumbani tea. I was recently introduced to it, the taste is interesting enough that I am sure it’s got to be good for something, I don’t know what though; a friend of mine says its best had without sugar…. Alas I have weakness for sweetness….

How is your weekend going?

So waking up to the news about Brexit, I guess that’s democracy for you the right to make good or spectacularly bad decisions. Something about casting votes makes people stop thinking till just after they are done, then suddenly it dawns that perhaps that was not the most informed decision…

I remember once upon a time we had a referendum to vote for a new constitution, the opposition party spearheaded the Vote No Campaign, saying it was some sort of ploy by the ruling party to stay in power and people voted without even having read the proposed amendments to the constitution, and they voted NO hip hip hurray; if those had been elections, the opposition party would have surely won….. Later, much later did people realise that had they voted yes life today would have been; oh so much different I don’t know about it being better (but those constitution amendments we the best things that could have happened to the country) and suddenly how people wished they had a chance to vote again they would say yes, but that ship sailed.

I guess it’s some sort of independence for the UK and  we celebrate our independence from the UK being a former British colony and all. Countries do love their sovereignty.

If you were having coffee with me (read that as herbal concoction) I would show you my array of bank cards I have enough to build a tiny tower of debit cards,

tower of cards

and at any given time only one probably has a working bank balance, it’s because the country is experiencing a seriously crippling cash crisis situation, and in comes plastic money. The trick is to pick a bank (not likely to collapse anytime soon) with the lowest charges or the most number of point of sale terminals where you can swipe for your purchases (maybe get a cashback option if you are lucky) Some banks have better working relationships with retailers than others, there is nothing as annoying as standing in queue to buy your groceries only to find that they do not accept your  particular bank card.

IF you were having coffee with me I would tell you how I have accounts with several banks because this one bank has a special where on Fridays transactions on the debit card are free whoop whoop another has discounted charges when I use it at particular outlets and then this other one gives me loyalty points I have no idea what the loyalty points get you but hey it gotta be better than nothing right? I hunt for specials.

Why is there a cash crisis? Excellent question: like all excellent questions there is never a satisfactory answer for such, we have a cash crisis because banks do not have cash for withdrawals and they (banks) have no cash because businesses are not depositing money into banks and the business operators are not depositing money because  business is (s)low, business is (s)low because people have no money and people have no money because it is in the banks and they can’t get it out….wait what? Makes your head spin doesn’t it…

Plastic money it is then, on the upside the Reserve Bank in its great benevolence has mandated all banks to reduce their transactional charges on use of plastic money… yey!

I have a dream one that one day one just opens a bank account simply because they like the corporate colours and not because you have to make decisions about which bank has the minimum account handling charges and greater chances of not running out of cash (or worse suddenly closing taking your money with it) and is an interest on your money too much to ask for….

If you were having coffee with me I would ask you how your week has been, what’s good, what’s really good, what’s really really good?

If you were having coffee with me I would share with you this photo of a sculpture I saw in the street

flying.jpg

 

~B

PS they say wild animals roam the streets of Africa, well we call it art

This Is Africa #TIA

 

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28 thoughts on “Of coffee over power walks and plastic money

  1. Nicely done. What’s good? Really good?… Chocolate! For one with a ” weakness for sweetness. ” I do hope you’re bang on the brown sugar. You even managed to mock us Brits re our foolish Brexit choice. Feel free to sip tea ☕ on that one. Cheers

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    • nope i don’t like brown sugar, I love it, love it, love it….♥♥♥
      and chocolate naturally.
      I’ll just go ahead and sip my tea like my main man Kermit *insert appropriate meme*
      cheers
      ~B

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  2. Our stupid Brexit situation is still making me sweat, perhaps I need some of your herbal tea to calm me down. I voted Remain, much good it did me. Why do people make such daft decisions? Ah, such is life. Unhappy Brit dweller, who wants to be pally with my European neighbours. Thinking of emigrating…. . 😦

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  3. I enjoyed today’s conversation, as I always do. This time I learnt something new about cash crisis. You explained it pretty well, I must say. I like how you asked what’s really really good, I could see the concern lacing your facial features. I think what’s really really good is this post. Thanks for the Zumbani tea. I just may grow to like it 🙂

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    • Heeey ♥♥♥
      thanks for the visit
      If I had a middle name it would be concern (hmmm *looks at self in mirror* thats what concern looks like )
      Much appreciate you visiting like this always a pleasure
      ~B

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  4. I believe I would wave as you walked by, unless you wished to slow down and meander instead. These old damaged bones simply do not power walk, they meander and stroll.

    My weakness? Chocolate anything, dark if you please.

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    • *smiles and waves* meander and stroll is all good and leisurely but only when we walking the garden route.
      Thanks for dropping by next time I’m thinking chocolate coated biscuits ^_^
      ~B

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  5. So here I meet another sweettooth (er). I love love this post and your description of the cash crisis was very descriptive.
    Is the tea friendly with milk?

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  6. Sound body – sound mind. I’ll take the walk with you and maybe a walk/run. As for the plastic money – that sounds crazy and would probably nag an old soul like me. Thankfully we still have currency here in the states but I suspect there might be a day in my lifetime where that too is gone.

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    • My personal motto is
      Run 🏃
      Read 📚
      Write ✒
      Repeat 🔁

      We have the strangest economy, had a run away inflation that the powers-that-be decided to scrap our Local currency and turn us into a multi-currency state so we use the United States dollar for trading….

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