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Old 09-16-04, 07:35 PM
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Money on the Ground

I have sarcoidosis of the lungs. I also grew up poor. (Neither is related.) I have to make frequent stops to catch my breath. When stopping if I saw a penny, nickle or dime I would pick it up. Now when ever I see a coin I stop and pick it up. Does anyone else do this?
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Old 09-16-04, 07:40 PM
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lol Kathleen ,, I've been riding past the same Quarter every day for the last 2 months. One of these days I'll pick up George before the snow falls.

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Made me think of an experiment/practical joke I did years ago when I was in the Air Force and living in the barracks. I started with a penny and a nickel. Super glue to the walkway and listen. No takers. Added a dime and let it go for a couple of days, with no takers. Added a quarter and that night I could hear guys out there kicking the snot out of it trying to get it up. I just thought it was hilarious.
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g'day,

my granny used to say "see a penny, pick it up & all day long you'll have good luck!"

cheers,

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Originally Posted by Hitchy
g'day,

my granny used to say "see a penny, pick it up & all day long you'll have good luck!"

cheers,

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the way i see it is : your luck aint that good if ya have to pick a penny up in the first place
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Old 09-17-04, 04:49 AM
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If the penny is face (president side) up, I pick it up, otherwise, it's a bad luck penny, and it stays.

Yeah, superstision!
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Old 09-17-04, 10:16 AM
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When I was in Toronto I picked up lots of tools - wire cutters, vise-grips, screw drivers, hammers and bungee chords. I havent picked up any in Montreal.
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Old 09-17-04, 10:23 AM
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inflation has kicked in for me. i only longer pick up anything less than a quarter. i think i've worked hard enough in my life to afford the simple pleasure of ignoring dimes, nickles, and pennies.
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Old 09-17-04, 11:16 AM
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worked as a cocktail waitress for quite some time in my earlier youth. used to get these real jurks that would roll quarters across the floor to see if any of us "dumb blonds" would chase them so they could watch us bend over. never did fall for it. but after closing time n everyone was gone... well i did have to vaccuum n those things don't suck up in the vaccuum real well. ended up w/ about 10 bucks in change, and it happened more than once.... stupid ******! if i didn't have to vaccuum the place i'd have left em where they landed just on principal. *shrug*
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Old 09-17-04, 11:38 AM
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Of course. I doon't like litter
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Old 09-17-04, 12:01 PM
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One one hand I don't like to leave stuff -- especially worthy stuff -- on the ground. But the few times I see anything, I always ponder whether I can stop, park the bike and the kids, and retrieve it safely. It usually doesn't take long before I decide it's not worthed.

Not many trash finds so far and no $20 bills ever.
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Just this past Saturday, I found a wallet. The owner must have placed it on the hood and driven off. Much of the contents were scattered and by the time I had picked them all up, a lady walked by. I told her it would be over an hour by the time I got home and asked if she would do the honors of turning it in.

And, NO, I didn't even look to see if there was any cash in it.

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Old 09-17-04, 12:35 PM
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I've never stopped my bike to pick up a penny (don't recall ever noticing them on rides), but my friends laugh at me whenever I pick up penny's while walking. For me, it's a reminder to think about my spending. Everytime, I end up thinking to myself "a penny saved is a penny earned...and vice vs." Given the fact that I go to a private university, I doubt many of them would even stoop for a quarter if they thought someone was looking.
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I pick up all money, I actually have a jar full of money I have found on the road. I am amazed at the amount of change on the ground. If I can't stop, I don't. I have also found library books from the local library. (4 different books, all different occasions)

A long time ago, back in my teen days, I found a huge bong. I mean HUGE, it was 3 feet tall. Someone must have tossed it out a car window. I couldn't help but pick it up, so I took off my t-shirt (I had a sports bra on) and wrapped it in the t-shirt the best I could and rode home. I ended up giving it to the guy next door. I bet there were some really p*ssed off teenagers looking up and down that road trying to find it. Now that I think about it, that was about 17 years ago. Scary!
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Originally Posted by HereNT
If the penny is face (president side) up, I pick it up, otherwise, it's a bad luck penny, and it stays.

Yeah, superstision!
That's what I heard to, so I only pick up a penny if it's heads up.
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BTW, where does all that money come from? I have pondered this many times. I can't think of anytime that I threw change out the car window. I have thought of numerous scenarios, but can't imagine being irresponsible with money. (at least not losing it, spending it irresponsibly is another thing)
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Originally Posted by Redhed
A long time ago, back in my teen days, I found a huge bong. I mean HUGE, it was 3 feet tall.
so, that's where i left it...i knew i was forgetting something.
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Originally Posted by timmhaan
so, that's where i left it...i knew i was forgetting something.
Sorry about that!
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Originally Posted by Redhed
BTW, where does all that money come from? I have pondered this many times. I can't think of anytime that I threw change out the car window. I have thought of numerous scenarios, but can't imagine being irresponsible with money. (at least not losing it, spending it irresponsibly is another thing)
I've wondered the same thing. My guess is that it comes out of your pocket while driving and lands on the door sill. Eventually, due to road vibrations and bumps it works it's way down and out the door.

Who knows?

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Old 09-17-04, 02:53 PM
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Originally Posted by redfooj
the way i see it is : your luck aint that good if ya have to pick a penny up in the first place

LOL! you got that right!!

My dad's got this habit of picking up ANY coin he sees on the ground. When he comes to visit my in NYC, he'll pick up filthy pennies out of the gutter. At that point, it's not worth it.

I used to pick up coins, but now I leave them for the homeless. They need it more than me.
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I pick up any metal I find in the road, currency or not. I call it "Karma". If you pick up a nail or sharp bit of metal, it's good karma because it won't get stuck in your tire. If you leave it, well, that's bad karma and it may come back to find you.

As for the "find a penny pick it up, all day long you'll have good luck" saying...aren't you lucky already? I mean, you did find a free penny after all...
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I found a wallet on the sidewalk and I picked it up. Checked it for cash (couldn't resist) and there was $375 dollars in it!! I looked for a drivers licence and turns out the guy lived 6 blocks from me. I was clear downtown when I found it. Anyway, I dropped it off at his house on my way home and he was in a state of panic! He had just cashed his paycheck. He couldn't believe I gave it back, money and all. Heck, how could you live with yourself if you didn't? I figure, what goes around comes around. Put good kharma out there and eventually it'll come back to ya! Besides...honesty is the best policy. (hmm...how many more cliche's can I come up with?)
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Originally Posted by Redhed
BTW, where does all that money come from? I have pondered this many times. I can't think of anytime that I threw change out the car window. I have thought of numerous scenarios, but can't imagine being irresponsible with money. (at least not losing it, spending it irresponsibly is another thing)
I remember one night while living in the dorms when this a-hole (probably drunk... it was Friday night) was parked outside honking his horn and yelling for his girlfriend or something. It was 4AM. Everyone who woke up were shouting out there windows at him trying to get him to leave. My roommate and I looked at each other and he said, "I wonder what kind of incentive we could use to make him go away. I'd pay to see him leave." At this point, I grabbed a film canister (I used to be a hobby photographer and developed my own stuff) filled with pennies that I had on my desk as a paperweight and said, "I'll gladly contribute a donation." Our dorm room was on the fifth floor. My roommate stuck his head out the window and yelled, "INCOMING! FIRE IN THE HOLE!" People immediately retracted their heads back in their windows and I ceremoniously dumped the entire contents of the film container right over the dumbass and his car. It sounded like... well... pennies from heaven. It worked though. The guy sped off and squealed his tyres on the way out and everyone went back to sleep. For the next week, the street and sidewalk outside our dorm glistened from the light reflecting off copper.
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