Thursday, May 21, 2009

Fifty Tries Before Paydirt

Journal Entry: 5/20 & 5/21/09 + one residual walk: Weight = 174.2; Coinage = $2.87, 52 pennies, 2 nickels, 5 dimes, 7 quarters; Ground finds for 5/21/09 = 12; glass bottles retrieved = 11. Significant finds were from three different coin returns, 4 quarters in one telephone, 2 quarters in a newspaper return, and one dime in a second telephone return. The usual response is no, no, no…..and no! My SWAG guess is that it takes 50 tries collectively for telephone and newspaper coin return mechanisms before one of these reluctantly gives up a coin. Three in one day is very unusual. I also found a full pack of Kools, minus two, on the same newspaper stand that produced the two quarters. The machine was in front of the criminal court house. Could he have been the defendant? I gave the Kools to a down-and –out-looking couple a few blocks away.



  1. Those telephone finds are always the best surprise! You stick your finger in that dark recess expecting to find nothing and out comes a coin! The car wash yesterday yielded a dollar coin in one of those kind of coin returns!

    Nice totals lately!

  2. Some days all the money spots seemed to be working. Then the regression effect kicks in. Today I found .31 and .08 was from a late residual walk from yesterday. Your dollar find at the car wash will result in my redoubling my effort with that venue.