When the numbers in the current day make an interesting combination, it’s always neat to acknowledge that day. For instance, July 8, 2009 is 07/08/09. It’s fun to get a memoir recording that unique date, because it happens only once! And how do you capture a once-in-a-lifetime date? With a printed register receipt!
If you were getting a register receipt to capture that day’s numbers, where would you try to go? I like to go to the the Dunkin Donuts by the Trump Tower because it fulfills the four-part strategy of getting a receipt with an exact timestamp:
1)The location should be not busy
Since you are trying to get a receipt with an exact timestamp, you can’t be waiting in line while some dunderhead is trying to decide what to get. You need to be able to walk right up to the register at the exact right time.
2) Friendly cashiers
You need to have the cashiers on your side, because you will need their help. Introduce yourself to the cashier a few minutes before the time strikes. If the time on his/her register is off a little bit, you can adjust when you order. Having the cashier on your side will not only help you with this time adjustment, but it will bring some fun to his/her day as well.
I like to imagine that when the cashier goes home, he/she tells their family or friends about this goofball who came in that day to get a receipt with 01/01/01 01:01:01. Then I like to imagine the family and friends respond with, “oh of course! Today makes a fun number!”
3) Receipts with a good timestamp
Every receipt displays the timestamp differently. Examples of variation: Jul 8 09, 2009/07/08, July 8th, 2009. If the day you are going after is 07/08/09, it makes no sense in having the receipt say Jul 8 2009. You want it to say 07/08/09.
Having the seconds marked on the receipt makes an extra challenge to get the exact second. Pretty much anyone can get a receipt with the right minute stamped. But to get the very second? Now that’s a JACKPOT.
4) Shape of the product
Dunkin’s donuts come in two great shapes. The long john donut is like the shape of a 1. The regular donut is in the shape of a 0. Both are very fitting for numbers. For 11/11/11 I got a chocolate Long John that looks like a 1.
Can you think of any other place where their products come in the shapes of numbers? I guess french fries could be considered a bunch of 1s.
5) Cost of the product
A $1 price tag is a great number to go along with a special number day receipt.
Here’s my collection of receipts with timestamps:
07/08/09 (at 12:34:42)
01/11/10 (at 11:11:18)
08/09/10 (at 11:11:11)
11/11/11 (at 11:11:20)
12/12/12 (at 12:12:18)