Today is the final day of the conference which has frankly been terribly badly organised, but I won't go into details here. Yet another Starbucks lunch seemed un-appealing especially as the nearest one is about to shut for refurbishment and is reducing catering services already. Instead we visited the Cheesecake Factory having heard of it on the Big Bang Theory and lets face it anything that the character Shelden Cooper will agree to eat must be fairly good food. The restaurant was in the top of Macy's department store, which seemed a little odd but the food was good. I didn't have any cheesecake though as the burger was more than enough lunch for me.
Looking at my collection of change this evening I've realised I don't like American money. I actually do quite like the coin values which are 1, 5, 10 and 25cents and $1, it seems pleasantly efficient. However the labelling is simply unhelpful. The naming doesn't help, penny, nickel and dime are odd and un-descriptive to me as a foreigner in the country, quarter is fair enough and accurate at least. However what really bugs me is that the dime is actually labeled "one dime" and no-where does it say 10 cents. I know that the nickel and dime were worth 5 and 10cents but didn't know which way around it was so without having a nickle in change (which says 5 cents on it) it was hard to work out. To be fair it isn't a real problem and I'm sure any local mis-paid would be happy to explain (certainly from the ones I've met here in San Francisco) but not having the face value on the coin just seems un-friendly to me.