The first battle damage has occurred on The Colorado. Last night I'm in the drivethru ATM and I go to get my card out of my wallet and it tumbled out, onto the ground below.
This requires a bit of explanation. See, my wallet has really seen better days, and the plastic accordion sleeves that hold my cards is ripped to shreds. I've taped it up more times than I care to count. Still, it tears again. I even used tear-proof tape for the last surgical procedure, and still it rips. This makes it very difficult to slide the card into the sleeve during the six seconds or so that you have at the store while you wait for the receipt and a thank you from the cashier. So I usually just toss it in the wallet, in between the sleeves, just loosey-goosey.
The falling out was bound to happen. And last night it did. I pull the wallet out of my back pocket, and as I open it up, the card flies out and plummets to the ground. Immediately I open my door to retrieve it, only to discover I don't have enough room to get out. Ironic, because ten seconds earlier I was giving myself a high five for actually pulling in close enough to the machine for once -- usually I'm so far away I can scarcely reach the keypad.
So as I'm trying to get out, the door bangs into the machine and gets nicked up a bit. Nothing I can't buff out, thankfully. The story does have a happy ending, though, as I retrieved my card and got my money. Wallet is still not good, though, so hopefully there won't be a sequel...