Don't worry, the day turned out ok in the end. I guess all I needed was a good workout and a lovely breakfast.
Have spent the day driving to Tema and back, and roaming up and down town for...semi-private errands. Had a look in the new furniture store at the Tema Motorway roundabout, Blue Gallery, they had fantastic stuff, really nice and different compared to the rest of the places in Accra. Unfortunately I don't think I'm ready to spend $7,000-8,000 on a sofa set quite yet... But go and have a look if you can. Dee recommended it to me and I'm glad she did.
I am now down to the last of my twenty one Cedi coins.
Was a bit upset at first as I wanted them as a collectors item, but have had to use them because I haven't been to the cash point for days. (Note to HFC: if you want more customers, I think, yes somehow I think, that we'll need more than one measly cash point in the whole of Accra. Don't worry about me though, I will definitely be switching to Ecobank before you even set up another one.)
The Poetress assured me that she'd be able to get me some more coins, so I can once again relax. Unfortunately, paying with them is not having the desired effect. Nobody reacts at all. I was hoping people would be a bit excited, or at least frown and say I have given them the wrong think, whereupon I could knowingly smile and say "actually, this is not a 50 pesewas coin, it's a one cedi coin, you know." But nothing!
Gone are the days of last year early July, when everytime, I swear, every time you'd pay for something with a new cedi note, people would smile and gush and gather round to see what it looked like. My hairdresser thanked me about four times when I paid with a 10 cedi note as she hadn't seen one before and couldn't believe so much money could be found on one note.
Aaah, those were the days!