I am so, so, so, sooooooo saaaddddd!
My wife actually accuses me of being a banking geek junkie, which shows just how sad I am.
How sad am I?
Well, there was a classic old gameshow in Britain that ran through the 1980's and 1990's called Blankety Blank.
It was a cheap BBC show that gave away old rubbish like a Mug Tree or a Duvet Cover as top prizes.
You can get an idea of how good the show was from the classic opening of the first show Les Dawson hosted:
Les was the funniest comedian and my personal favourite host because of the way he always took the mickey out of the rubbish prizes (and guests!).
And if the main prizes were that bad, I bet you can't imagine what the consolation prize would be, can you?
You guessed it.
A Blankety Blank Cheque Book and Pen!
A Blankety Blank Cheque Book and Pen.
How cheap were the Beeb back then?
Cheap? They were so cheap that they drowned out the sound of my budgerigar's chirps!
Now why am I telling you all this?
Because I am a sad, geeky banking guy who collects sad, geeky banking things and, for about six months, I've been trying to get a Blankety Blank Cheque Book and Pen!
And I finally tracked one down on eBay and here it is:
Now you know how very, very sad I am.
But why would I spend good money on this cheap rubbish?
Well, it's obvious.
This is a rare item today, worth a lot on eBay.
So I have placed it with my recently discarded bank cheque books which, in about another twenty years, will be about as rare as one of these.
Now there's a thought!