Saturday, December 06, 2008
I saw this street performer in Auckland City yesterday. My daughter and I were heading to the Westpac Bank to open her first account. The large piggy bank (from the BNZ) could take no more - it was completely stuffed with coins.
I admired the artistry of her costume and stoic performance in the heat. Though quite sheltered it was hot and quite humid. Zoë added a gold coin to her coffer provoking her to move into a graceful, regal pose.
Glancing across the square I could see her companion, a matching gold cavalier, having a rest and a cigarette across the concourse. It was a slightly surreal moment. I didn't have a camera with me so missed the photo opportunity. Maybe the performers will be there again on Monday. I hope so. It's the little things...
On the subject of the little things: credit to Stephanie, at Westpac, who entertained Zoë while we opened the account and helped count her coins into bags and deposit them. It was a positive experience for Z. She was happy to exchange her hefty swag of coins for a deposit receipt and web banking account. It's amazing how much and how quickly small amounts build up. Now we get to put Einstein's theory to the test. No, not that one, the other one:
"The most powerful force in the Universe is compound interest."