Journal Entry: Weight = 175 lbs; Coinage = $9.21, 821 pennies, 3 nickels, 5 dimes, 1 quarter; Glass bottles retrieved + 21; Ground scores =4.
Today and yesterday I found 821 pennies in two spots along the infamous 17th Street Canal. This is the Canal that gave way during Katrina and flooded my home and thousands like me with five feet of water.
The Canal runs through my walking savanna. It is a 25 foot deep concreted ditch that flows along mostly without observation or incidence. A bus stop is on two sides of a traffic bridge that crosses the canal. Recently I have found several penny scatters on a walk way that leads along the high protected bank from on one bus stop to another.
Careless bus riders was my explanation. But then I had a hunch. I decided to carefully examine a concrete apron at the base of the canal. Barely visible from the 25 ft vantage point was what looked like a penny, but hardly worth retrieving. Upon closer inspection, I noticed a scatter of what appeared to be several dozen coins. Finding an access ladder near the bridge, down I went. 300 pennies later I went home. This morning I returned to the canal for a second look. In a different spot, I found 500 more pennies and several nickels and dimes.
I have taken that path and crossed 17th Street Canal bridge hundreds of times without thinking of finding money in such a remote and difficult location. But playing a hunch provided big rewards. Perhaps Zen is an explanation for the hunches. This is my second blog about playing hunches to find money. In my next blog I will attempt to provide a scientific explanation about what seems to be going on.