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Old 08-28-07, 11:17 PM   #1
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I suppose it will forever be a mystery...

Tonight, at about 9:45 p.m. a man came up to my door and got my daughter to open it (I was upstairs). He had my wallet that I had lost two/three weeks past. He said he believed it was "your dad's" and he gave it to her, and she brought it to me.

It was wet; it had been in some water. All the money was gone ($200 or so), but all the credit cards, library card, Ralphs card, all that stuff was still in it. My license was there as well. These are all things that I have painstakingly replaced by now, by the way. Except the library card. I had forgotten about that one!

Now here's the weird part. Deep inside the wallet was a medallion about the size of a US half dollar. It's round, and in the middle is a crest with the letters OU on it. The crest is white, the letters are red and use that collegiate font. The U is partly over the O. I'm guessing Oklahoma University or perhaps Ohio University.

Anyway...I've never seen this thing in my life; I didn't go to any schools with the initials OU, and I have no idea how this thing got in my wallet.

Oh, and the guy said he found it in the interior courtyard of our complex, but I couldn't have lost it there because I know for a FACT that it fell out of my bike bag. It may have fallen on the exterior of the building, but not in back. So, someone took it there, took the money, and probably tossed it near the fountain. That's all I can guess.

And isn't it just like Murphy's Law that it finally turns up, now that I've gone to all the trouble to replace everything!
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I wonder what Rod Serling would say?
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Does it look something like this?
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My girlfriend is a few years older than I am, a retired grandmother, and a model of patience, understanding, and positive thinking. Where I am cynical, aloof, and demanding, she is trusting, friendly, and accepting. I think of her as a mentor in developing some traits for which I am in desperate need.

Two weeks ago, we did a tandem ride near Seattle, and I dropped her off at her daughter's in Redmond, driving back to Vancouver by myself. She came back by Amtrak a few days later. When she arrived back at her place, she was quite distraught. Her purse, containing cash, credit cards, driver's license, passport, and Nexus card (expedited border crossings, very handy with the 2-hour+ lineups at the border these days) were lost. Naturally, I figured some sleazebag low-life crook had lifted it on the public transit (she took the light rail back to her place from the train station). She figured it had dropped out of her bag and someone would return it.

Anyway, she got her credit card cancelled, but she couldn't get a police report in order to replace her passport because the RCMP needed her passport number (typical bureaucratic Catch-22). She didn't sleep for the first few nights. We took another trip across the border on the weekend, but we had to take a less crowded border crossing (for which I knew some shortcuts that got us into the lineup closer to the border). The day after we returned, I was at work and she phoned me. She had got her purse back with everything in it, including all the cash. Turns out it had been returned the previous week, and if the RCMP had taken the report, they probably could have got it to her before the weekend... It was just like she had expected, some honest guy had found her purse laying on the road and had turned it in without even opening it.

She asked for and got (after the police got his permission) the name and number of the guy who had turned it in. He was an East Indian, a Sikh gentleman, who had done quite well for himself in Canada. I was quite surprised, as my experience had been that East Indians were among the most dishonest people on the planet (another story...), and Sikhs were responsible for the bombing of a airliner over Lockerbee, Scotland 25 years ago (a crime for which the accused were acquitted because the RCMP had screwed up the investigation). (Do you begin to detect a pattern here about the competence of Canada's national police force?) Anyway, I think there's at least one lesson here...

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Old 08-29-07, 12:30 AM   #5
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Does it look something like this?
Yeah except it doesn't say Sooners. Just OU. But that's probably what it's about. Just why someone would stick it in there is weird!
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I wonder what Rod Serling would say?
Don't know, but I was sure that Serling Diego would have a few comments to make -- so I called him up on his cell...

"Submited for your approval...one Mr. Digital Gee. A man like any other, aside from one peculiar detail. You see, he had a penchant for losing what was most precious to him. On this partucluar day, while out riding his shiny white bike, he lost his wallet. Or so he thought. "Lost" is at best a subjective term here on Earth, but in the Twlight Zone otherwise known as San Diego, "lost" can mean any number of things. Take for example Mr. Gee's wallet. Like a homing pidgeon, it found it's way back to said owner, but only after he had gone to the trouble of replacing what he thought was most valuable...his driver's licence, his credit cards, and his car wash punch ticket with 9 of the 12 required washes validated, leaving him 3 washes shy of a freebee. What he didn't realize, however, was that his alter ego, living in a parallel universe, was a graduate of Oshkosh University. And therein lies the rub, for you see, our humble plane of existance, Oshkosh Unversity boasts the finest Used Car Sales graduate school in North America. But on the distant planet of Kemboutea 3, Oshkosh U. was a bike racing factory, gladly handing out athletic scholarships to the fastsest cyclists in that quardrant of the solar system. Yes, you are about to draw the proper conclusion...our Mr. Gee's parallel-universe alter ego is nothing short of the fastest bike racer in the universe. One can only ponder what our hero will discover the next time he throws his leg over his humble two wheeler and begins to peddle."

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Sounds like a ferret made a trade, some of your treasure for some of his....
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>>> Sikhs were responsible for the bombing of a airliner over Lockerbee, Scotland 25 years ago (a crime for which the accused were acquitted because the RCMP had screwed up the investigation)

'Hart. Can't let this one slide.

If you're referencing the December 21, 1988 Pan Am Flight 103 it was the Lybian intellegence service and both defendants were Lybian. One of them is still behind bars; the other was acquitted. Thing is, I've worked with Sikhs and found them to be as trustworthy as the best folks I've ever dealt with. Cool hats, too. If it's any consolation, it was Scotland Yard's 'fumble' that got one of them acquitted.

Ok, here's where I grab the scruff of my own sorry neck and duckwalk myself off to P&R for a well-earned sojourn in that stinking swamp.
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Weird story, for sure. I don't use a wallet, just a money clip or rubber band and I lost a credit card around Christmas a couple years ago. Like DG, I stopped the card and replaced it only to have my 2 year old grandson come crawling down the hallway a week later with it in his mouth like a dog.
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Don't know, but I was sure that Serling Diego would have a few comments to make -- so I called him up on his cell...

"Submited for your approval...one Mr. Digital Gee. A man like any other, aside from one peculiar detail. You see, he had a penchant for losing what was most precious to him. On this partucluar day, while out riding his shiny white bike, he lost his wallet. Or so he thought. "Lost" is at best a subjective term here on Earth, but in the Twlight Zone otherwise known as San Diego, "lost" can mean any number of things. Take for example Mr. Gee's wallet. Like a homing pidgeon, it found it's way back to said owner, but only after he had gone to the trouble of replacing what he thought was most valuable...his driver's licence, his credit cards, and his car wash punch ticket with 9 of the 12 required washes validated, leaving him 3 washes shy of a freebee. What he didn't realize, however, was that his alter ego, living in a parallel universe, was a graduate of Oshkosh University. And therein lies the rub, for you see, our humble plane of existance, Oshkosh Unversity boasts the finest Used Car Sales graduate school in North America. But on the distant planet of Kemboutea 3, Oshkosh U. was a bike racing factory, gladly handing out athletic scholarships to the fastsest cyclists in that quardrant of the solar system. Yes, you are about to draw the proper conclusion...our Mr. Gee's parallel-universe alter ego is nothing short of the fastest bike racer in the universe. One can only ponder what our hero will discover the next time he throws his leg over his humble two wheeler and begins to peddle.
BP, you, sir, have an amazing talent for the written word! Love these posts; they make my day.
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Weird story, for sure. I don't use a wallet, just a money clip or rubber band and I lost a credit card around Christmas a couple years ago. Like DG, I stopped the card and replaced it only to have my 2 year old grandson come crawling down the hallway a week later with it in his mouth like a dog.
The good news about this is that I recovered my wallet that I bought because it's probably one/third the width of my conventional wallet. I bought it online based on a link someone provided here, but I've forgotten it. The wallet is made of a light material like parachute material or something. It's pretty amazing but it does take some practice taking it out of one's back pocket without spilling all the credit cards all over the place.
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The good news about this is that I recovered my wallet that I bought because it's probably one/third the width of my conventional wallet. I bought it online based on a link someone provided here, but I've forgotten it. The wallet is made of a light material like parachute material or something. It's pretty amazing but it does take some practice taking it out of one's back pocket without spilling all the credit cards all over the place.
The wallet is something like this one, but I think mine came from a different vendor:

Whoa it's thin!
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The wallet is something like this one, but I think mine came from a different vendor:

Whoa it's thin!
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Man, when I was a kid a fat wallet meant you had some serious cash. I guess with plastic everything changes.
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I remember that thread cause I bought one of the wallets, which I still use. Like it very much. Here is the company link:

http://www.all-ett.com/
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That OU medallion is cursed. It probably has a long history of woe, with each owner suffering one calamity after another, until they can find a way to pass it off to another person.
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I remember that thread cause I bought one of the wallets, which I still use. Like it very much.
Does it go well with Florsheims?
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That OU medallion is cursed. It probably has a long history of woe, with each owner suffering one calamity after another, until they can find a way to pass it off to another person.

Yes, it might even eventually lead to broken pipes, wet ceilings and floors and plumbing bills and even riding flat bar bicycles.....

Sorry for the home disaster, Tom. Hope it is not as bad as it seems.
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Indeed it does--but only on clipless road bikes.....
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well of course it was a magpie...
took the dosh and replaced it with coin.

you'll be blessed with a run of good fortune

you did say the coin was white...
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Sounds like a ferret made a trade, some of your treasure for some of his....
Well, there's* an idea! Maybe a magpie took it up to her nest, full of shiny stolen things. As she rummaged around her treasures, opening the wallet only to take the money out for nesting material, she got distracted (as magpies sometimes do) picked up the OU talisman and then dropped it in the wallet before deciding the wallet was making the nest feel too small. She dropped the wallet out of the nest, where a passing person of impeccable moral code found it and returned it to DG.
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Cyclezen!!!!!

Jinx! I can't believe we both saw the truth at the same time!
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I bet when whoever found it, looked and seen your address and just threw it there on the way by. Anyhow now you have a back up if you lose it again.
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Yup. You probably lost it not far from home. Somebody picked it up, pulled the cash, and tossed it.

So here's my story: Lost my wallet in college. It was empty --only casualty was driver's license. The next day campus security called me to come pick up my wallet. It now had a $10 bill in it. Someone apparently found the empty wallet and, out of pity for a poor college student, slipped in a $10 and returned it to campus security.
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