As a business reporter, I’m always looking for unique economic angles in the new economy. Recently, while walking through my house, I encountered a new economy worker producing a form of scrip for an economy I was unaware of, denominated in Derrick dollars. Here’s the interview, published with the subject’s consent.
Glenn: Who makes Derrick dollars?
Rex (age 8): Any valid Derrick dollar worker. You need a membership card to create valid Derrick dollars.
G: What is Derrick’s role in Derrick dollars?
R: First in command. There are commands. The reason people make Derrick dollars for him is to get higher in command. By the time I finish all of these I am absolutely certain he will rank me second in command
G: What do you get for being higher in command?
R: It means if Derrick is not at school, if you are second in command, you are in charge. If you’re lower rank, you’re trying to be higher, because a lot of people have to be out of school for you to be in charge.
G: Is there any limit to the number of Derrick dollars that can be created?
R: No, you’re trying to create as many as possible to go up higher in rank.
G: That would cause inflation. Each dollar would seem to be worth less if you create more of them.
R: Not really.
G: What can you use Derrick dollars for?
R: To buy anything that’s being sold for Derrick dollars.
G: What is being sold for Derrick dollars?
R: Dudeize cards, paper crafts, chompies (they’re those things that can chomp on things).
G: What are Dudeize cards?
R: They’re cards that have Dudeize members names on them, and pictures on them.
G: Who are Dudeize members?
R: Members of the Dudeize soccer team. It is a soccer team at school.
G: So you can create as many Derrick dollars as you want?
R: That’s true, but there is a limit to how many Derrick dollars members can spend from the Derrick dollars members they make. They have to turn all their Derrick dollars in. They get a paycheck from Derrick.
G: Derrick is the central bank?
R: He’s the first in command.
G: Does he ever destroy Derrick dollars?
R: Sometimes he says they are too big or too small. But that doesn’t matter to me, because I just put them in his desk and afterwards he doesn’t notice.
G: People are making Derrick dollars, giving Derrick the Derrick dollars, Derrick chooses how much to pay his workers in Derrick dollars, and the only thing Derrick dollars buy are paper crafts?
R: True, people are making Derrick dollars and giving them to Derrick. But anything that is going to be sold for Derrick dollars — most commonly they are paper crafts — but anything that is being sold for Derrick dollars can be paid for with Derrick dollars.
G: Who is making things for purchase with Derrick dollars?
R: Robert, the Dudeize team, and a lot of other people.
G: So you make Derrick dollars for rank?
R: Second in command gets the highest paycheck. You get the paycheck each day depending on how many you turn it. If you turn in 10 and you’re fourth in command, you get one for your paycheck; if you make 10 and you’re second in command, you get five in your check.
G: Is this a stable system?
R: As I said before, you do need a Derrick dollars membership to produce valid Derrick dollars.
G: How do you get Derrick dollars membership?
R: You just have to sign up on the Derrick dollars sign up sheet.
G: Does he turn anybody down?
R: No, unless they’ve been known to be opposed to Derrick dollars.
G: Why would someone opposed to Derrick dollars sign up?
R: To spy on Derrick.