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Lucky Dime?

Thursday, June 14, 2012

I take the dogs for a walk nearly every morning. Once in a while we get wet – had a thunderstorm a few days ago, and all three of us were dripping when we got home, so we cleaned up in the garage to keep the water out of the house. If it’s raining in the early morning we won’t start out, but if rain is predicted we usually make it home dry, because I try to get out before the sun comes up and stay cooler that way. I also don’t have to carry anyone home. We went two and two-thirds miles this morning, and the sun was just coming up when we rounded the last corner coming home.

A couple of days ago we took the same route, but I was late getting out, so the sun was up on our way home, and I saw something shiny on the sidewalk that I hadn’t noticed on the way out. It was a dime, which I picked up and pocketed. I remembered that a dime is worth what a penny was sixty or seventy years ago, and recalled when a lot of people wouldn’t stoop over to pick up a penny because it wasn’t worth anything any more. Then I remembered all the two-for-a-penny candies, and some that were three for a penny. As I recall, you could get two tootsie rolls for a penny, and if you don’t know what they are (or were) they were a stick of fudge, about half an inch thick and four inches long, with four channels molded around them so you could mark off four bites. The last tootsie roll I remember seeing for sale cost a nickel, but I notice now that most of the nickel candy bars cost seventy cents or so.

Then my mind wandered to the cabin on Walden pond – where Thoreau was talking about economy (the cost of the cabin was something like a little more than 12 dollars, quoted to the nearest half cent). He said, “Say a man makes a dollar a day. It may be argued that some make more, but many make less.” His book was published about 1875, and his comment stuck with me. I also remember during the early days of WWII when my father came home late because he had been working several hours of overtime, and told Mom that he had made twelve dollars that day. They couldn’t believe that he could earn that much in one day.

Oh well – there weren’t any coins on the sidewalk today.

  
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KAREN608 6/21/2012 5:51PM

    I know I am old when I like stories like this, remembering childhood and young adult life in 'the day'. I pick up pennies and any coin. I have an ex-daughter in law (well they were not married) that got welfare and she always threw pennies in the trash! I also pick soda/beer cans/bottles out of trash and from the ground as they are worth 5 cents return deposit here. Every penny does count. Thanks for reminding us of the good times of a while back and the new generation that may have had it too good for too long.

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BREWMASTERBILL 6/15/2012 6:43AM

    They stopped making Tootsie Rolls? I had no idea.

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MS.ELENI 6/14/2012 7:04PM

    Good one

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S3XYDIVASMOM 6/14/2012 6:46PM

    One of the yelling matches I had with my daughter was over whether or not she would get out of the car and pick up the coins that she had just dropped. I won that round, but I'm thinking that if I weren't looking she wouldn't bother. So, my question is and always will be; how can you just throw away money? A dime is still worth the trouble of bending over to get it.

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IDLETYME 6/14/2012 4:46PM

    Your blog brought back old memories (I'm 74yrs young). I remember a candy called KitKat that was a little rectangular package that had four individually wrapped caramel candies in it. It was a penny. My girlfriend and I could each have two pieces. I still pick up a penny and my girls yell at me. They say I'm going to get run over for one cent. My first job was as a soda jerk at a drugstore making 45 cents an hour.
Maybe you'll find another dime tomorrow!! Good Luck emoticon

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PICKIE98 6/14/2012 4:44PM

    They add up:I took a trip to Texas for a week with $$ picked up on the ground.. also paid for a new car with it..
I am more than happy to recycle coins for my needs.. some people have more money than brains,, not me..
the best part is:bending over is good for the body!!!

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Good Old IRS

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

  
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S3XYDIVASMOM 6/12/2012 6:17PM

    Ouch.


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    Good one

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    Wow! That was when he needed to turn around and RUN!! emoticon

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Today's Airlines

Monday, June 11, 2012

  
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    That made me giggle aloud in my office
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    Love it!

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Unhappy Jeans

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

  
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    Awww poor things.

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Virtual Exercise

Monday, June 04, 2012

  
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MS.ELENI 6/4/2012 7:03PM

    That is a good one for us emoticon

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    That sounds like a solution - but not a Spark People one! We have to get up and go!!!
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RAWHIDE64 6/4/2012 3:42PM

    I don't think he's a Spark Person kind of guy but he's funny

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