Yesterday we were damn surprised; today we were dime surprised.
This morning we met with Daryl, our Project Manager for a few hours. Reviewed lumber lists, contracts for the subs, cabinet designs, scheduling …. Trying to not think about the fact that we were supposed to be signing loan papers today.
After Daryl left, Doc and I headed to the Duarte townhouse for a few little touch ups. (Some caulking, hanging fresh towels, putting some flowers out, etc.) The realtor showed the property over the weekend and had a few calls today. Things are looking hopeful.
We stopped at Home Depot for supplies. As we walked in, I did a SingSong and asked the Penny Angels to please provide a coin. I spent a frustrating 15 minutes at the Service Counter and was ready to leave when I noticed a quarter wedged very tightly in a crack at the counter. Ana, a sales associate wondered what I was doing. I gave her a Penny Card and explained. She handed me a screwdriver (tool) to assist with the extraction! A nearby customer and two other sales associates shared in the joy! (Coin #1)
I was satisfied, but Doc was not. While I was paying for our items, Doc was literally shaking out the rubber mat at a closed register! He collected 2 nickels and 2 pennies there, plus one at the register where I was paying. (Coins #2-6).
As we were approaching the signal to enter the freeway onramp, Doc stated that we needed a dime to “Hit for the Cycle”. Then he looked out his window. SURPRISE! There was the dime! The signal was red, so he dove for the dime. (Coin #7)
Doc wanted to stop for coffee, but I told him after he got the work done at the townhouse. He worked quickly and we were soon on our way home. At Starbucks he spied a dirt penny in the planter. I hopped out to fetch it - and found another and another and another …5 pennies. (Coins #8-12). Doc then advanced to the window and collected his coffee and a quarter. (Coin #13)
Now Doc was getting greedy. He wanted another dime to get a double “Hit for the Cycle”. So we stopped at a grocery store. I found a nickel and two pennies; Doc found two pennies. (Coins #14-18).
Doc has Penny Fever! He cruised through the high school parking lot, but there were many parked cars. And one little penny. (Coin #19). We were disappointed that the Angels did not provide the second dime as we had hoped.
Total: 19 Coins P (13), N (3), D (1), Q (2) = $0.88
Alchemy? After writing this Penny Tale I washed the 5 dirt pennies. SURPRISE! One of them was a dime -- the sought after second dime!
Revised Total: 19 Coins P (12), N (3), D (2), Q (2) = $0.97
Double Hit for the Cycle!