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Old 10-18-08, 06:06 PM   #1
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Road Treasure - I Hit the Jackpot

Did 24 miles in Cape Girardeau, MO this morning. Every once in a while I will find something interesting along the roadside, but today was extra special. First I found a University of Alabama Ball Cap. Now I could give a rip about UA or any other team, but this was a nice hat in great shape.

I spent the next few miles thinking how lucky I was I am easy to please. Anyway, at about mile 20, I saw something from the corner of my eye in the grass along the road that ran along the flood wall. At first, I thought it was a cassette tape, but it shined as I passed by. I almost went on, but something in my head said "go back". I turned around to check it out.

IT WAS AN I-PHONE I could not believe it. And, it was ALIVE I put it in my pocket and headed to a local coffee shop for a lemonade and to check this thing out. It was awesome. I have a Blackberry, but it pales in compare to this thing. I was in love

But, reality set in, and I knew what I had to do. Find the owner Damn conscience! The first thing I did was look through all of the pictures and video. I would like to say it was for the sake of investigation, but really it was because I am a voyeur

Next, I went to the last numbers dialed and started calling. It took 5 people before I got an answer. Finally found someone who knew the owner. The funny thing was, they had no idea how to reach them outside of the cell phone. Then, on the 6th call, I got a sister of the owner. Within a half hour, I connected with the owner. Young 20ish girl Brittney who really didn't seem to appreciate my efforts. I got a "thanks". I didn't want more, but if someone found my I-Phone and tracked me down, I would be delighted.

Now, I am back to my dumpy little Blackberry

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Old 10-18-08, 06:28 PM   #2
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It's about doing the right thing. Ya done good.
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Old 10-18-08, 06:30 PM   #3
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Yeah it could have been someone else. You didn't know. I think you did awsome.
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Old 10-18-08, 07:05 PM   #4
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Your name isn't Earl by chance is it? Well done on the phone return...
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Old 10-18-08, 07:09 PM   #5
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Thanks for posting and returning the phone. Maybe she'll do the same thing when she's older.
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Old 10-18-08, 07:21 PM   #6
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Yep, that is exactly what I recommended. I asked her to pay it forward and help someone someday if the need arose.
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Old 10-18-08, 07:27 PM   #7
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I just bought an iPhone last week. Replaced a Motorola Razr that fell apart. The iPhone rocks. I found a free app that uses the GPS feature to track your ride and automatically post it to MapMyRide. Pretty cool.
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Old 10-18-08, 07:29 PM   #8
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You created some good karma. Thanks!
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Since you're good at finding things....

Can you ride out to Tucson and find the lid to my favorite water bottle that fell off near the base of Mt. Lemmon? It's got to be somewhere at the side of the road on the 3 mile loop at the top of Catalina Hwy. I have looked along the route four or five times with no luck. The water bottle mouth is a unique size so only this lid will do. I haven't thrown he bottle itself because as soon as I do, you know what I'll find next ride.

Seriously, not everyone would have done what you did. Too bad the phone's owner doesn't know how lucky she is.
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Old 10-18-08, 08:23 PM   #10
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Hey, at least you earned some karma points!
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I found a wallet once. Belonged to some guy from England. I called the police and returned it, but I never heard from that guy. I wonder if he ever got it back?

Anyway, you did the right thing. Your conscious is worth more than some device.
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Could be worse. I found a phone on the side of the road a few weeks ago, called the number in the directory listed as "home." Got cursed out for stealing the guy's phone for my efforts to reunite him with his hardware. Glad yours had a better ending at least.
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Good work! You did the right thing and now you have some "Karma Cash". I hope you are repaid nicely!
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I found a wallet once. Belonged to some guy from England. I called the police and returned it, but I never heard from that guy. I wonder if he ever got it back?

Anyway, you did the right thing. Your conscious is worth more than some device.
When I was in the eighth grade, my best friend got called to the office in english class. Of course, our first thought was "what he'd get caught doing this time?" and "Will they figure out I was involved?". It turned out he'd lost his wallet while visiting his grandparents. The only identification in it was his school id card, so the guy who'd found it had mailed it to the school.
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Old 10-19-08, 08:40 AM   #15
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What's wrong with your Blackberry!

BTW, great to hear you are back on the bike and riding. Are we still thinking about a Sunday trail ride?

Between "Karma Cash" and my retirement, I should be in a freakin mansion!

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Old 10-19-08, 08:54 AM   #16
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I had a similar experience earlier this year. I found some chicks HUGE purse along the side of the road. I went thru it and found her id, googled the name and got ahold of her parents. There were debits cards and all kindsof stuff in there I could have done evil things with, but decided to take the high road.

When the 20-ish year old chick stopped by to pick up her purse she could barely quit talking on her cell long enough to give me a half-ass thank you.
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I found a voodoo doll in Haiti once and returned it to it's owner. The thing looked just like him. He did not seem too pleased.
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My wallet fell out of my pocket while I was riding a couple of weeks back. I realised half a mile down the road or so, and went back to collect it. I found a guy who had stopped his car and (just that minute) picked it up and was about to drop it in at the police station. Turns out he was an off duty policeman and was happy with the photo ID in my wallet. I've never been so relieved or thankful...
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What's wrong with your Blackberry!

BTW, great to hear you are back on the bike and riding. Are we still thinking about a Sunday trail ride?

Between "Karma Cash" and my retirement, I should be in a freakin mansion!

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Hi Jerry,

The Blackberry is fine, but I got a taste of the Lexus of cell phones. I make my living with an online business and when I am not strapped to my desk at home, I depend on the Blackberry to communicate with customers. Before I returned the iPhone, I went to the admin area of my website with the iPhone and was stunned how capable it was. I think the Blackberry is great for email, but it is pretty klunky for web browsing.

As far as a Sunday Trail ride, give me a call. I am back in the saddle and loving addicted again.

Later
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Hi Jerry,

The Blackberry is fine, but I got a taste of the Lexus of cell phones.
I don't know that I'd go that far. You should really check out some of the Symbian S60 (think high-end Nokias, but the OS isn't limited to that brand) offerings to see what a real smartphone is capable of.

The iPhone is nice and it DOES suit the average person well enough, but they're really REALLY gimped for hardcore users.

Grats on the karma bonus today btw. I'd freak out if I lost my phone, I depend on it entirely too much (Nokia N82).
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Find Brittney and give her the Bama cap...that's payback enough for her lack of gratitude.
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Find Brittney and give her the Bama cap...that's payback enough for her lack of gratitude.
Did see it mentioned yet but my first thought was she didn't want it back. If she lost it she could get a new phone and maybe she was tired of the iphone Was it the older iphone maybe she wanted an upgrade to the 3G.
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What Blackberry do you have? I have a Curve and love it over an iPhone.
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Giving the phone back is at least good for a couple days of wind to your back riding. Sometimes karma works in your favor.
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I found a wallet on the side of the road yesterday. Oh goodie, I thought, perhaps a drug dealer's dropped a wallet with $10,000 in it. No such luck -- it belonged to an 18 yo student from a local college and had $20 in it. I rode round to the address and handed it to his grandma, who I got out of bed at 8:00am.
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