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When I think of traveling anywhere I think about having a pocket full of quarters and a supply of one-dollar bills that are reasonably free of tears and wrinkles. The small denominations are the life blood for the Gee-dunk machines that line airports, hotels and transit terminals.

They dispense everything from soda, water, and protein bars to assorted candies, chips, and prophylactics. Life on the road depends on the ability to adapt to—and carry—change.

Sooner or later, everyone has to pay The Man.

Photo of label on a coin-operated dispenser.


  19 comments for “Wanderlust

  1. May 1, 2017 at 11:41 AM

    An interesting take on the WPC.


  2. April 27, 2017 at 10:23 AM

    I don’t mind feeding the machines, it is when they don’t give back change that is due. That changes my whole relationship with them. Thanks for explaining Gee-dunk. Cheers.


    • April 27, 2017 at 10:28 AM

      Thanks for checking in, Dan. I’m with you when the change doesn’t come out of the vending machine. I start rethinking whether I really needed it to begin with.


  3. April 26, 2017 at 12:42 PM

    You could always use the prophylactics to store the quarters!


  4. April 26, 2017 at 11:56 AM

    OK. I’ll bite…

    Much call for the prophylactics of late? 🙂


    • April 26, 2017 at 12:01 PM

      Not lately. It was more of an observation in passing and a tease for those “of a certain age.”

      Thanks for playing, Julie.

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  5. alstacer
    April 26, 2017 at 11:40 AM

    As I’ve lost dexterity in my hands, holding 3 quarters together as shown in the picture is problematic. Never thought I would say this, I’d rather use a credit card. Really interesting pic!

    Liked by 1 person

    • April 26, 2017 at 11:47 AM

      Thanks, Al. One coin at a time will get you there eventually…


  6. April 26, 2017 at 10:49 AM

    Ha, Allan, good one. I’m notorious for never buying anything in an airport or elsewhere. In Philadelphia, I always buy tokens right away so that we can use the subway or the bus, but that requires a $20 or else you won’t get many. Quarters are good for a cart at Aldi (you get it back) or parking where you have to pay for parking (hate it!), although in Chicago, you’ll need a credit card, as the parking meters and lots don’t take $100’s. 🙂



    • April 26, 2017 at 11:33 AM

      Thanks for the comment, Janet. You are spot-on about the number of times that we have to use a credit card these days. At the present time, Apple Pay and Google Wallet are gaining in popularity and frequency.


      • April 26, 2017 at 12:04 PM

        Always gets easier and easier to spend your money, doesn’t it?


      • April 26, 2017 at 12:18 PM

        Yes, it certainly does get easier.


  7. April 26, 2017 at 10:37 AM

    I like the instructions of how to hold the quarters. So Gee-dunk machine. Vending machine?


    • April 26, 2017 at 11:24 AM

      Yep. It’s an old Southern expression that I picked up along the way.


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