Long-time SoF readers know that I love Canada, Canadians, and especially their folk singers. Today I would like to take the opportunity to congratulate the Canadians, and their dollar (aka "the loony") for reaching parity with the U.S. dollar (aka "real money"), for the first time in 30 years.
But I have serious question, which has plagued me for years-- what am I to do with all the Canadian pennies that wind up in my pockets? I probably accumulate several a week. They pile up. You can't legitimately get rid of them-- heck, it's hard to get anyone here to accept real American pennies, let alone foreign ones. So should I:
1) Just throw them away? Sometimes I do, but I feel that I am dissing my Canadian neighbors.
2) Mail them to friends in Canada? I've done the math, and the postage is more than their value.
3 ) Hoard them, in anticipation of the day (tomorrow?) when Canadian money is worth more than U.S., and there will be a whole "black market" of goods which can only be purchased with Canadian cash?
4) Try to melt them down into a paperweight?
5) Turn them into a collage of some sort, to put in my office?
I am open to other good suggestions.