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Welcome To Case's Column

Let me say a big welcome to all of you for joining me here. I'm going to call these blog meetings Case's Column. I wanted to use "Corner", but that was already taken. Since 2008, it's been a real privilege to come on here and share some of my life with you, and it's a big world where we live.

In these blogs, I'll just speak whatever is on my mind, but we will be playing within the rules here. I may pick a particular topic, point out an event, or shoot the breeze. I'm a little bit of an essayist at times, so I'll just speak what's on my mind, and I might tell a story or two. Or, I might spew out an opinion or three. There will be some serious moments, some tender, some poignant, but there will also be those moments that you'll just bust out laughing. But, hopefully, everything will be in good fun here. And, of course, there's a place below for your comments and thoughts as we go along here. So feel free to join me for the ride -- I sure as heck hope I'm doing this right and not making any mistakes.

Thanks for taking your time in reading Case's Column. Hopefully, you'll enjoy being entertained by it as much as I've enjoyed putting these writings together. And thanks for the time you spend in City-Data.com, where it's great to be alive!



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A Long-Forgotten Entity: The American Express Travelers Cheques

Posted 03-14-2024 at 08:17 PM by case44

You remember the days when Karl Malden would go on TV and pitch a product which became a hedge of protection for travelers in case they'd lose their wallets or get them stolen. Viewers would see re-enactments of certain happenings, crimes, or losses. Yes, you remember the American Express travelers cheques.

The aforementioned Malden would often quip, "Don't leave home without them".

That was the thing for me when I first ventured into the real world and started taking vacations on my own. I'd stop at a nearby bank and get some American Express travelers cheques to take on a future trip. Those things sure came in handy, especially when I was running out of cash. There were even a few occasions where I'd use them to pay for a hotel stay. Oh, yeah.

Now, long since, I've discontinued that practice, but as far as I know, those services are still available at some locations. American Express even still has that website, but the popularity of AMEX travelers cheques has actually waned the last several years. Maybe one day, for old times' sake, I'll see about getting a small order just for size.

And, like Karl Malden would also say, I'd have to "ask for them by name...."
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