04 Nov '11, 10pm

Don't go with the cash flow

ON MY last day in California a week ago, I found myself having more in common with the hobos I saw on Venice Beach than I thought I ever would. I had exactly US$17 (S$21.64) left in my purse. I needed to set aside US$14 for my shuttle ride to Los Angeles Airport, which left me with just US$3 to amuse myself with for the next six hours or so before my flight. How I reached those sorry circumstances is another story for another time. Suffice it to say, I over-estimated the Land of Credit's reliance on credit cards. I could have used one of the plentiful ATM machines located along Venice Beach. But really, I wouldn't, even if you paid me a million bucks. For one thing, these ATMs were all standalone units - some were even chained up - which looked more like abused vending machines than cash dispensing bastions. If that's not bad enough, they were available in practically ever...

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