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Posted 02 May 2008 - 02:31 PM

2 Bangs, 1 Buck and a Jack (or, Why I Hate That Guy In My Dream)

Last night I had a bizarre dream, perhaps induced by the fever I had for the past twenty-four hours. In the dream I was in Massachusetts, driving through the Town of Bellingham. I realized that I'd never before noticed there was an A-Train stop right by the exit to Interstate 495. I'd been mistaken in thinking for all these years that Far Rockaway was the last stop on that line! For reasons unknown I decided to park my car and take the subway home from that stop instead of driving back to New York.

When I got in the Subway I got into the subway car that was actually a furnished basement with carpeting, bean bag chairs, wood-paneled walls, and all the other things one would expect to find in a furnished basement from the early 80's.

I asked the guy manning the subway basement-car how much the fair would be. He said, "2 Bangs, 1 Buck and a Jack."

I turned this over in my mind for a few moments. I had no idea what this guy was talking about but, at the same time, I didn't want to seem stupid or uncool so I just sort of nodded my head. After a few more seconds I said, "Okay, so about how much would that be?"

"You know, $7.50," he responded.

$7.50? I quickly ran through what this would mean in my mind and there was really no other explanation. A "Bang" would have to be a one dollar bill. A "Buck" would be a five dollar bill (instead of the one dollar bill it normally refers to). And a "Jack" would be $1.50. This got me angry. As the guy left the car and other passengers began entering I began loudly ridiculing his crappy system for nicknaming money. Who does that? He used seven syllables to say something he could have said with four: "Seven-Fifty."

Seriously, what an asshole.
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Posted 02 May 2008 - 03:26 PM

Wouldn't 2 Bangs, 1 Buck and a Jack be 8.50$?
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Posted 02 May 2008 - 03:44 PM

QUOTE (Deucaon @ May 2 2008, 04:26 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Wouldn't 2 Bangs, 1 Buck and a Jack be 8.50$?


Yes. And that may just be the worst part.
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Posted 02 May 2008 - 06:27 PM

Where I live the two bangs alone would be about $200. So you got it made in your early-80s dreamland. The jack'd maybe be $20. I don't go in for bucks, but hey man, whatever floats your boat.
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Posted 03 May 2008 - 09:32 AM

Nate, your dream made me laugh.

Actually, what your dream self should have realized is that you could easily leave a buck $1 if a bang is $3 and a jack is 50 cents. That's less infuriating, but it would still be easier to say $7.50.
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Posted 04 May 2008 - 12:06 AM

I think your dream guy was propositioning you for sexual favors in lieu of payment. However, I think I solved it. two quarters, a two dollar bill, and a five dollar bill. the two bangs refering to the quarters and the bills being shuffled around in whichever manner makes the most sense.

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Posted 05 May 2008 - 12:05 PM

It's like an elaborate riddle that that guy gave me in my dream. Unfortunately in the dream my math skills were not refined enough to come up with a correct solution. Even in my dreams mathematics is not my strength.
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Posted 06 May 2008 - 10:22 PM

Interestingly enough, there's a reason for that: The logical side of the brain responsible for thought and problem solving is truly asleep. Your subconscious creative left brain is what produces dreams, so not many people do math or read in their dreams. Seeing the world through your subconscious mind without it being sullied by thought and logic is one of the reasons some people put a lot of emphasis on dream interpretation.

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Posted 07 May 2008 - 08:03 PM

At least you don't have to pay that $7.50 (seven fitee). I had a dream where I won $39,000 at a Vegas hotel and only won two bucks (which is 2 bangs), and I'm still waiting for the rest.
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Posted 07 May 2008 - 10:39 PM

$39000 for two bangs in Vegas sounds a bit steep. Even for Vegas.
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