Saturday, January 26, 2013
Today the power company scheduled an all-day outage in the neighborhood. Doc’s response to the situation was to head out for breakfast and then to stay away from the house. I had a list of things I could work on without needing power.
Around noon-time, we were heading home (where I was anxious to use the bathroom). Doc said, “we can’t go home without at least one coin!” So he detoured into a gas station and a closed car wash. (Today was a rainy day).
Doc spotted a silver coin down in a drain grate. I pulled out our 18 inch back scratcher (which we keep in the van for just such purposes). It was about ½ inch too short, so I had to stretch my fingers just a little bit longer. Was able to capture the nickel! That success got us going … we started walking around the building. Found a few pennies and dimes in a planter, then a nickel under a bush, then more pennies. We were laughing and having fun. We hit “Coin Mine” (at least 12 coins at one location).
We kept finding more and more coins. It was such fun. At one point Doc was leaning on a railing looking for coins in the planter. I said, “What about that penny below you?” He could not see it. I said, “It is right under you nose! Draw a line from your nose down to the ground. It’s right there!” Finally he saw it. There was a leaf blocking his line of sight.
THOUGHT: Sometimes we can’t see things that are so obviously in our path. It does not mean they are not there. A slightly different angle on the issue may lead to a better understanding.
Doc was on a roll. He was saying, “We just need a quarter to get a “Hit for the Cycle” here. I replied, “Sure honey! You just expect a quarter to be right here for you? Can’t you be satisfied with the handful of coins you already have?” He kept searching the parking lot. I headed for the van grumbling, “Angel can you just get the man his &^&^ quarter so I can go home and empty my bladder? Please?” Within one minute I spotted a quarter by the van! Awesome.
When Doc counted the coins in his hand he said, “Guess what! Your favorite number: 25 coins!”
Coins Found: (18) P, (4) N, (2) D, (1) Q = 25 coins Value: $0.93