This morning a little yardwork, a little housework, plus some chores.
Doc found his 2¢ worth when he and Sparky went for a breakfast burrito. Sparky charmed the ladies and came away with some free bacon and sausage! (Coins #1&2)
Early this afternoon Doc planned to go school to prepare Final Exams. He suggested we make a quick run to check on his mailbox - and maybe I would find today’s penny. Doc first detoured to the local high school. He dropped me off at the south side of the lot
while he proceeded to drive around. I found a penny within 2 minutes and called Doc to say I was ready to leave. (Coin #3) He told me to keep walking …
I walked around the high school campus and found a quarter under a soda machine and a penny under a lunch table. (Coins #4&5) Then I walked around the skateboard park to find three more pennies. (Coins #6-8).
Meanwhile Doc had been searching the parking lot. He returned to the van asking. “Did you by any chance find a quarter? If so, we have Hit for the Cycle”. He held out his hands to reveal: 2 pennies, 3 nickels and 2 dimes! (Coins #9-15).
We did finally make it to Doc’s mailbox. He went inside to check that while I went next door to the pharmacy to look for coins. I didn’t find any. Doc found a penny out in the parking lot, (Coin #16) then came in the store where I was in line.
“Tina, did you check the coin counting machine?”
“Yes, Doc, of course I looked there”.
“Are you sure?”
“Doc, if you don’t believe me, then YOU go look for yourself”.
Doc walked away and then returned with a silly grin. “I don’t believe you. I’ll show you when we get outside”. Once we were out of the store, Doc opened his hand to show: 5 pennies, 4 dimes, 2 quarters and a partridge in a pear tree. No, I mean a Mexican Peso! Coin Mine there! And one of the quarters seems to be an old 1964 silver one! The value of that coin starts at $3.60 for the silver! (Coins #17-28)
We took photos of the finds and thought we were finished for the day.
Doc went to school to do some work. He stopped at McDonalds for a snack - and another penny. (Coin #29).
At 7 pm Doc came home for a few minutes, then headed out to find somewhere to watch the USC / UCLA football game and eat dinner. He called at 9 pm. It was half time. He was at a pizza parlor watching the game. He had found two more quarters and a penny! (Coins #30-32).
On the way home from the game, Doc stopped at the grocery store. He collected two more dimes and a penny there. (Coins #33-35).
Subtotal: 34 US Coins + One Peso = P (18), N (3), D (8), Q (5) = $2.38 + Peso
A TRIPLE Hit for the Cycle!
That was a pretty impressive haul for today.
It was 11:15 when I wrote the Penny Tale to this point.
THEN THE PENNY FEVER HIT!
Look how many quarters and dimes we already had.
We just needed another nickel …
So at 11:30 PM Doc and I hopped into the van and challenged the Angels to find us a nickel. As Doc started driving I accidentally said, OK Penny Angels find us a quarter. Doc replied, “I think you mean NICKEL”?
Within minutes of leaving our house we arrived at the Kentucky Fried Chicken. At the drive through window (using a flashlight) I found a ketchup-covered penny in a crack. As I bent to retrieve it, there was a quarter. “I’m sorry Angels, I meant NICKEL!” Then one more penny. (Coins #1-3)
There was one Penny at the Farmer Boys drive through. (Coin #4) We stopped to see Tony at the 7-11. He was not working, but I got a dime and two pennies. (Coins #5-7)
Stopped at Stater Bros. parking lot. One penny as Doc was driving into the lot, one as I hopped out of the van, and one at the ATM machine (Coins #8-10).
One penny at the ARCO gas pumps. One penny at an 8-bay car wash. (Coins #11&12)
Doc really wanted to go home. I really wanted that Nickel!
I got very serious with the Penny Angels, “Look. If I write today’s Tale and tell people how I went out at 11:30 to find a nickel and you did not deliver it, they will be really disappointed. It will make a much better story if you do produce the nickel and show how powerful verbalizing is. I think I can beg Doc to go one last place, but you MUST deliver there!”
I convinced Doc to stop at a 7-11 store by the freeway. While he pumped petrol, I searched. Found 4 pennies in the pumping area. (Coins #13-16). I walked into the convenience store. There were three teenage girls busy chatting while exiting. I held open the glass door for them. I heard a noise like a coin hitting the glass door. As I crossed the threshold, there was my NICKEL! (Coin #17).
Of course, I couldn’t resist going inside the store anyhow. Collected a dime and two pennies. (Coins #18-20).
Since Doc was still pumping gas, I wandered over to the Jack in the Box for a quarter and two pennies (Coins #21-23).
We headed home and I began counting the pile of coins in the ashtray. WOW! 24 coins! (Yes, somehow another dime snuck in there and I have no clue where that one was found). Doc said, “You just need one more to hit 25 …. Do you want to pull through the car wash by home?” I replied, “OK,if it won’t make you too upset”. We stopped. I had a penny within a minute. (Coin #25).
Subtotal: 25 Coins P (19), N (1), D (3), Q (2) = $1.04 Hit for the Cycle
Total for the Day: 60 Coins
P (37), N (4), D (11), Q (7) = $3.42 + one Peso + value of the silver
FOUR Hits for the Cycle
Lesson: Ask the Penny Angels to Help, then get off your "chair" and make it happen!