26 September 2008

Nickeled and Dimed in northeast Rincon

So the missus and I took a nice, leisurely stroll through our neighborhood, starting with a walk to the end of our cul de sac and back, and then in the other direction toward the convenience store about 1/4 mile from the house.

Not 20 yards from our driveway, right in the middle of the street, Seraphim spotted the first dime. Cool! Who can gripe about 'found money'? Then I saw two nickels nearby. And no sooner than I'd stooped to pick those up, Sera found another dime. Then another. And a nickel. We found them along our street, plus in the grass area between the curb and sidewalk. It was like Easter Egg hunting! "There's another!", one of us would say, with the enthusiasm of an 8-year-old finding a plastic egg with candy inside.

Somebody must've had a hole in their pants and lost some of their lunch money on the way to the bus stop. Or else the Money Fairy was shining on us this evening.

When we harvested enough change to make a buck, we decided to drop it on a "Mega Millions" ticket for tonight's drawing. Then, heading back toward the house, we found another bonanza on the other side of the street!

The total take from our streetside find? $1.95, all in nickels and dimes.

We then started walking toward the Texaco store, hoping to find another five-cent piece, so we could get TWO Lotto draws.

Once in the parking lot of the store, Seraphim spotted a grimy-looking dime. Hey, it spends just as well, right?

So with our "free" two dollars, we bought a couple of "Mega Millions" tickets - one with our regular numbers and a "quik-pik."

What did we do with the remaining five cents?

I felt generous. In the spirit of returning some good karma, I threw the nickel into the parking lot. After making a wish, of course.

Wouldn't it be cool if one of those ends up being the big winner? This would be one great story to tell!

Ciao for niao.

--Talmadge "Somehow I don't think this is the 'change' our presidential candidates were talking about" Gleck

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