As today is Labour Day and I’ve already done the 45 minutes of work I had to do today, I was just reading an old mystery novel on my iPod. The detectives had just discovered a cheque for £10,000 pounds on the body of the dead man, clearly the result of blackmail or something nefarious.
Since this book was written in 1920 or so (I LOVE LOVE LOVE Project Gutenberg), I wanted to know just how much money that would be now, so I plugged the numbers into measuringworth.com and got something like £299,900.
My initial reaction was “No one would ever blackmail someone for THAT amount” because people only blackmail in round numbers. Not that I have any experience with blackmail, but seriously – can you imagine saying, “Give me $422,173 or I’ll send the photos of you and the goat to your wife!”?
Blackmail amounts probably go in increments similar to anniversaries – you can celebrate any anniversary between 1 and 6 months, but not 13 months. Though I suppose you could do 18 months as well, but after the 1st year it’s pretty much just annual.
Anyway, this is an awfully trivial first post back from hiatus, but I am what I am.
Oh! I can reveal what the Big Secret Project was that was taking up all my blogging and podcasting time: I was making a quilt as a wedding gift for my sister. Yeah, I know that doesn’t sound impressive, but it took FOREVER, especially because quite a lot had to be done by hand. It turned out well, and I will post pics later. But now I’m going to finish that book and see who the mysterious lawyer was blackmailing.