Hitting for the coin cycle

Yes, yesterday was a great day in the coin finding world. While it seems obvious to me, allow me to explain that hitting for the coin cycle in this case means finding a penny, nickel, dime and quarter, all in the same day. I mixed my sports metaphors last night while explaining it to Carolyn calling it a “coin hat trick” which I guess would be finding at least 3 coins (maybe of the same kind) in the same day?

Found a penny at work on the ground at the cafeteria. Then my son found a dime in the driveway (which we had previously ruled would count). Then the goldmine at the park for soccer practice. There was a quarter stuck in the coin slot of one of the pop vending machines. It was jammed in there too tightly for fingers, but Carolyn was able to snag it with some nail clippers

Then she also grabbed another quarter from the ground underneath the pop machines and alerted me to a nickel also down there. It was pretty far back there so I grabbed a stick to try and bring it closer in. Complicating things are that these vending machines are behind a fence-type cage, with only cutouts for the areas where you would put in coins / take out snacks / pop, etc. So it was an awkward angle trying to get that nickel, and eventually I gave up that the stick was just not going to cut it. Carolyn then reminded me of the ice scraper in my car, so I went and got that. It was definitely up to the task and the coin cycle was complete.

Total on the day – 66 cents, a definite record, and brings up the total to $3.86.

Change Race

The other day I was reading a blog about finding change on the ground and such. Turns out that there were two blogs – two friends that were competing against each other to see who could find $100 in change first.

They’ve both since past the mark – at time of posting, one of them was at $269 found and one at $668, since Feb. 2005. Another guy has found $705 since Jan. 1998.

So after reading those blogs I started “keeping my head down” as they say in the change finding world. Okay, so just those 3 guys say. Basic ground rules is that it has to be coins (found bills don’t count) and it can’t be anything like the change that you get back from the store.

I started with 22 cents (2 dimes and 2 pennies) that I found at home. Might be considered in the gray area since I’m sure it was from something I did. But I couldn’t remember where it came from and I wanted to start things off on a good note.

Then I started earnestly on my search. I started out with a big trip around the parking lot at work. I had read on these blogs that parking lots are some of the best places to find change – people have it in their pockets and it falls out as they get in and out of their cars. Plus, not only was it for change spotting, but it helped me rack up the steps. I went up and down nearly all of our giant parking lot, but found zip. That was discouraging.

I also started touring the various break rooms at work to see if any change had fallen next to the vending machines but nothing in any of them.

A few days later, I remembered that I should also be checking the coin returns of the vending machines. So the next time I walked by one of the breakrooms I checked it out and BOOM – a nickel on my very first time! I took that as a sign, even though I have yet to find any more coins any of the other times I’ve looked. But hey at least I haven’t had any HIV-infected needles.

Then on Friday I found a penny on top of the urinal here at work. Don’t worry it wasn’t IN the urinal.

And at church yesterday I found a quarter in the aisle of the chapel as we were leaving sacrament meeting.

So my total is up to 53 cents. I will continue updating periodically, as long as I don’t completely lose interest in this, not like that ever happens