Opinion

Who’s got the money!


A recent program on television was about how the nation of Kenya now has a system that does away with money.

Walt Trandum

The Old Geezer
Walt Trandum

It was very interesting, and made it clear that there was very little room for banks. I can’t imagine how anything like that would work world wide, but what do I know? I have learned that everything we know today is not necessarily the way it will be in the future. I would guess that the banking industry would take a dim view of anything like that barter system developing.
When I was a little boy, there were vendors who came through the neighborhood each week selling all kinds of goods and services. The vegetable man and the bakery man came down the street ringing a bell or honking their horn. The dry clean person delivered a freshly cleaned garment to the door. I even worked as a milk man,  and belonged to one of the strongest unions in town. Nobody even thought that there would come the day that the fleet of trucks that blanketed the city would go away. I know there are a few small firms still delivering, but nothing like the old days. The drivers were strong competitors and when we saw a “for sale” sign on a house, we watched closely to see when the new owners might be there. I remember doubling back late in the day to see if anything was happening at that home. I guess those were the days that I was honing my sales abilities, and they served me well over the years.
The Teamsters Union had members in many professions and services. My Dad was an automobile salesman, and actually had a hand in organizing that industry. He came home with a black eye, and I don’t remember if he shared what the circumstances were that made that happen. I don’t know if there is still such a union in that business.
I noticed recently there were some ads by big stores such Fred Meyer’s offering home delivery. Maybe, we will see a change that will bring back the door to door service that we had so many years ago. I worked in a super market for a short time, and then called on them for a few years. In my quest to get my products on the shelf, I would bring items from the back room and fill the shelf in order to find how much I could sell them. I was probably the forerunner of what goes on these days. A great many of the people you see stocking shelves and coolers in the stores these days are not store employees. Various companies hire people to do that stocking, and much of the merchandise is never handled by anyone in the store except the check out clerk.
Oh, there are a lot of things that have changed in the business world. I sold magazines door to door, and the bonus was that one of them was a comic book. Wish I had saved a copy of one of those, and it would probably be worth a lot of money. There were three newspapers in the Seattle area. The morning edition and then another small afternoon paper that came out just once a week, The Seattle Times was the larger daily paper and had the most subscribers. The worst part of any of those jobs was the collecting of money. People didn’t have much money, and it was pretty easy to let that paper kid wait for his monthly collection. I don’t remember how much money I made, but it was probably just a couple bucks a week, and that helped when I know my folks house payment was just $17.00. I still have my dad’s payment book where he noted each month with the date and how much more was owed. He didn’t make all those payments on time, and I am sure just putting food on the table was also a big problem.
Oh, I don’t think the day will come when there are no banks, but then I never thought that everyone in the world would be carrying around a phone that does everything you could imagine, and still keeps you in touch with the whole world.