Feel Good 5 Friday … What’s in Your Wallet?

26 Mar

I’ve been accused of having a Costanza wallet.

jason alexander wallet GIF


The kind, where you keep all the receipts … you know, just in case. The beefy kind of wallet where the flap doesn’t quite reach the button and it would never fit in your back pocket unless you’d want to be sitting lopsided. The kind of wallet where you still have baby and preschool pictures of your kid but he’s already going on off to college. The kind that still has your expired zoo membership card just in case.

That’s me.

I’m the keep-it-just-in-case person. I feel there are a lot of things you can tell about a person just from their wallet. Whether they have any pictures or not, says something. Pictures of your kids playing baseball, soccer, hockey, basketball. Spring, Summer, Winter Sports. Their changing faces each year and different uniforms, make you look at the pictures for an extra minute. Maybe the type of credit cards or gift cards to preferred stores. Hidden messages on post-it notes that inspire or push you in the right direction. . Business cards of favorite pastry shops or restaurants give you an insight as to whether they enjoyed pizza or Ramen on Saturday nights. All these little clues add up to pieces of who you are and who you’ve become.


I’m the Costanza wallet keeper. I enjoy Pho on cloudy days, pizza thin crust from up the street with mushrooms on days I’m too tired to cook, Pad Prik King and Tom Yum on Friday nights when I want something savory, and fresh Sunday morning buttery flaky croissants from the French bakery down the street.

Restaurant business cards. 

Could drive people bananas, but when I reach in and get that 11th free hair cut card from Marlita, it feels good to have that just-in-case mentality set. And then there’s the coupons. CVS. It’s ridiculous.

I do clean the wallet out from time to time of course, when the receipts and paper seem to wanna bust out. I find an old lottery ticket and remember the story of the older secretary lady who was upset at her boss one day and was cleaning out her purse and found an old lottery ticket that was a Mega Million Jackpot. I think that could be you and this could be that ticket. But no. Never happens. So it eventually goes in the trash.

I find my Dad’s and Uncle Erick’s obituary. I gently unfold the wrinkled paper and look at their picture. I remember that face and that life and a twinge of pain hits my heart, electric static rises through my spine and makes its way to the top. I take a deep breath and stare at it for a minute, before neatly folding it back and tucking it back in its place.

And then I find the mini post-it notes I write to myself or the ones my kids wrote to me and a smile comes over my face. Sometimes you need that kind of advice or pick-me-up just to keep you going that day. I still have a small flyer given to me in 1995, 1996. A kid just passing out Christmas flyers for his church handed me one and it happen to be a day where I was struggling. A small cartoon of a kid and a Christmas tree, smiling. An invitation letting you know you weren’t alone this holiday season, even if you felt alone. The universe, God, Karma, the community, they were there. And so I read it, and it was a little less darker that day. Even though they might have printed hundreds, I felt the message was written especially for me.

I keep that in my Costanza wallet as a reminder. And it makes me feel good, as does the random music lists of songs piled in there. Feel good songs that take me back to tough childhood days of my youth that ended up proving to be some of the best memories. Feel good songs that made up the best mixed tapes. Feel good songs I turn up while doing chores or driving down the street in order to take me way back.

The Costanza Wallet.

Pieces of me and clues that add up to a good story.

So as they say, what’s in your wallet?

Buen Camino my friends …


Genesis — Invisible Touch


Cameo — Word Up


Bando Machos — El Gato y El Raton


David Bowie — Modern Love


Nena — 99 Luftballoons




7 Responses to “Feel Good 5 Friday … What’s in Your Wallet?”

  1. bgddyjim March 27, 2021 at 2:33 AM #

    LOL! My wallet fits in my front pocket. One personal cc, two for work, carry license, driver license, medical insurance card… and a few dollars in cash. It’s the anti-fat wallet!

    • The Guat March 27, 2021 at 12:52 PM #

      Ha! It IS the anti-fat wallet! My wallet definitely needs to slim down a bit. People probably use their phone now to write notes, keep coupons, pictures, cards, and receipts. Need to work on that, I guess.

  2. Sorryless March 30, 2021 at 5:42 PM #

    More PLUS from Cali!

    This made me laugh, ponder, appreciate, love and think. It would make a fascinating story. Imagine, if you will, a wallet such as yours is found. The owner has taken out all identification for whatever reason . . credit cards, drivers license, etc. Or maybe the wallet was stolen and these things are now gone to the wind. So the finder begins to piece together the story of this person’s life.

    Fascinating post Cali.

    And the tunes?


    • The Guat March 30, 2021 at 6:39 PM #

      The PLUS! Ha ha. Sometimes it makes its mark because I get so excited at the awesomeness of something. That would make for a great story! Even a show staring Mr Clear Eyes Full Hearts himself 🙂 but yeah there’s a lot a wallet can say and I do trip out on what others have in there’s maybe they have absolutely nothing but ID and one credit card and a Cleaner’s ticket and you’re like whaaaaat? Did I just find John Wick’s alias wallet? Glad you liked the tunes 🙂

      • Sorryless April 2, 2021 at 5:50 AM #

        And there you go again, coming up with yet another great story idea! What would happen if someone found John Wick’s alias wallet? Well, if I had an inkling . . . even an inkling, I would make a donation to a pet shelter in his name.

        Just saying. 😉

  3. The Guat April 2, 2021 at 1:20 PM #

    Pet shelter donation. Ha! Exactly.

  4. Island Traveler April 3, 2021 at 1:06 PM #

    Good one. Wish I have that much in my wallet. Me, it’s driver’s license and one debit card. No cash. No coins. Happy Easter🙏

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