Topic: of walking and such
woohoo- two days in a row. This will be a quick one as I have to be in bed by 10... Wednesday is my killer day where the kids and I have no breaks from each other all day and after 6 hours we have just about had enough of each other. Although as part of the weather curriculum, part of tomorrow afternoon entails kite building so that should be appropriately chaotic. ,. For some reason I had a horrible sleep last night - I was actually doing things like wrestling alligators in my dreams and I woke up feeling more exhausted than refreshed. Go figure. Don't know what inspired that kind of nocturnal madness, all I can think of is that I have seen 3 snakes while out walking this week. Vague reptilian presence, maybe, but I don't know where the alligators came from.
OK so anyway, reading BJ's walking across Massachusetts blog yesterday I was rather amused to see that he had found only a piddling amount of spare change on his travels. Just this week alone I believe I have acquired at least 45 cents (why is there no cents symbol on the keyboard anyway?) traversing the roadways of the WC. So I was going to just give BJ some money-making tips but I decided to share my knowledge on this subject with all you potential money-makers out there.
OK, so, first thing, keep your eyes on the prize, kids. Eyes cast downward, to hell with oncoming traffic. I suppose my vertically-challenged-ness which sets me a mere 5'2" above the pavement may help somewhat, but you gotta stay focused. These coins just don't find you, you know.
Tip #2 is to stay off the sidewalk. People drop stuff on the sidewalk, they pick it up. It rolls into the road, and many a less coin-oriented person will choose to stay out of harm's way in the traffic lanes, especially for a mere copper-colored coin, but hey, their loss is my gain.
and here is my final tip for reaping your riches off the roadways of our fine nation: busy intersections are paydirt for coin searchers. The added element of danger here assures that only the most serious among us will reap the benefits of these particular goldmines. I have done some thinking about this, and my current theory on intersection treasure is that most drivers (who are pretty much all a menace anyway) are taking the corners so fast at these points that their loose change simply flies out the window as they execute the turn. And since they have likely just cut off at least one other driver, they are not likely to pull over and step out to collect their coffee change from the morning. Many times while crossing an intersection I have found not one, not two, but even three or four coins together, sometimes even that big silver one featuring the father of our country. The only places that I can imagine one would meet with more success would be in a "correct change only" lane on the Mass Turnpike, within fifty feet of the booth, and I would not reccommend that to even the most devoted of coin coveters.
AND, BY THE WAY,
Here is the best thing about road currency: Because you found it, it is clearly lucky, which entitles you to immediately walk yourself down to the nearest Cumberland Farms or other Massachusetts State Lottery agent and buy a scratch ticket to scratch with the aforementioned lucky coin(s). As a general rule, findings of $.01 to $.05 entitle you to a $1 scratch ticket, $.06 to $.15 entitle you to a $2 ticket, and any amount over $.16 is good for a 5-spot scratcher. If you ever find an actual BILL on your walk, you are clearly the luckiest walker ever that day and you should probably hop in the car and head straight to Mohegan or Foxwoods. You are due.
Good, now that we have that cleared up, happy hunting. And I am not responsible for any bodily injury incurred while practicing my methods.
Allright, well, before I hit the hay I would just like to say that today, after eating all kinds of crap for the birthday weekend, I put myself on a forced march of all the steep grades in my hood, and it was actually quite pleasurable. Another of those days when, had I no other commitments, I could have walked indefinitely. But instead I came home and attempted to restore order (unsuccessfully, thus far) to the home office which has as of late become a dumping ground for, well, everything. But for now I shall shut the light out on it and go to bed.
I leave you with this:
Top 10 somgs that came up on the ipod shuffle during todays forced march:
Funky Cold Medina, by Tone-Loc
On the Road Again, by Willie Nelson
I'll Tumble 4 Ya, by Culture Club
New Jack Hustler, by Ice-T
Superfly, by Curtis Mayfield
Magic Number, by De La Soul
Weapon of Choice, by Fatboy Slim
MmmBop, by Hanson (oh yeah baby!)
Mama Said Knock You Out, by LL Cool J
Goin' Down, by the Monkees
(I'm Gonna Be) 500 Miles, by The Proclaimers.
oh yeah, by the way check out the link to my family friend Jeremy's band's new video here. Very catchy, and yes, he really is that strange in person. And I mean that in a good way.