Saturday, December 14, 2019

You Load 16 CENTS and What Do You Get? Another Week Older and Not a Pennyillionaire Yet.

TUESDAY, December 10, kicked off the penny week with a floor cent at the Sis-Town Casey's. I saw it while standing at the left register, but those confounded customers kept milling around the right register, preventing me from a picture or a harvest! I made use of their clean restroom, and when I came out, the coast was clear! I didn't get a picture because I didn't want to drop my scratchers, or block the counter for actual customers. But you can bet I bent over (without toppling, and without exposing anyone to my ample rumpus, since I turned sideways) to nab that penny.

It was a heads-up 2002, which I later posed on T-Hoe's dashboard, far away from his bloodthirsty, flaking plastic-aluminum door-handle.

Imagine my surprise when I spied ANOTHER penny that day, on the floor of Orb K.

I was on my way to the end of the very long line when this beauty caught my eye.

It was a heads-up 1991. So symmetrical the dates on my two pennies that day.

You might think Val was satisfied with her take, but no. That's not how a Future Pennyillionaire operates. She's always got her head down, sniffing out the next treasure. I found it by surprise on THURSDAY, December 12, at the Gas Station Chicken Store. I rarely find pennies there. Only weirdos. In fact, I've stopped carrying my phone in, because it has a tendency to pull my pants down when I walk. Can't have the ample rumpus making an unscheduled appearance!

Anyhoo...this penny was IN A CRACK (how apropos, after the ample rumpus talk, and the plumber's moon this week), in the parking lot, near the gas pumps. It was so dirty I almost missed it. Bending over, and letting the ample rumpus fly, I saw that it was a heads-up 2012. On the 12th! Genius's birthday!

I posed it on a paper plate on the kitchen counter, which actually made it look less filthy.

This was the week for doubles, I suppose. Because at my very next stop, the Backroads Casey's, I flung open T-Hoe's door and saw another cent waiting for me.

There's Hick's pharmacy drive-thru in the background, and the side of the Gas Station Chicken Store across the moat, the side where the FREE AIR (if you buy gas) hose hangs on the wall of the building.

I grabbed my rightful penny before anyone could park on top of it. A face-down 2017.

Oh, don't think we're done! On FRIDAY the 13th of December, my first stop on the way to errands was at the cemetery. Looks like my sister the ex-mayor's wife had been there and put a new wreath on Mom and Dad's plot. We had a brief conversation (totally one-sided) and I was on my way. At my very next stop, the School Turn Casey's, I looked down to see

A dime from Dad and a penny from Mom. Duly noted. Or perhaps just a coincidence, but I'm not much of a believer in those. I snatched up my mementos, a heads-up 2018 dime, and a face-down 2017 penny. That started my day off right. Who says Friday the 13th is bad luck?

On my way out the door, smug with the knowledge of 11 cents in my shirt pocket, I saw

A BONUS PENNY crying for my attention. I guess someone else was thinking of me that day.

This was a face-down 2001. Do you think I cared one whit if somebody trying to exit had to leapfrog me, or someone coming in saw me in a 3-point stance like an offensive lineman? Not-Heaven NO! That penny was meant for ME!

Such a great week! Sixteen cents richer! And I STILL have a chance to tie or break the 2018 penny record.

2019 Running Total
Penny     # 121, 122, 123, 124, 125, 126.
Dime      # 20.
Nickel    still at 8.
Quarter   still at 5.

Penny  131
Dime  17
Nickel  6
Quarter  1

2017 TOTALS (Started in March, 2017)
Penny  78
Dime   6
Nickel  0
Quarter  0


  1. You are going to make a million yet, Ample rumpus my a$$.

  2. Woman you are outdoing yourself with those finds! I wonder if people toss pennies because they don't want them, or if they are hard of hearing like my guy, who doesn't hear the coins hit the floor/ground? Money seems to come your way!

    1. I think people are careless. Or their coin-gripping fingers have atrophied from using plastic to pay. Some days I've got it, some days I don't! This week they came in multiples, all three days.

  3. Hey look! Numerical palindromes! 16 cents is a pretty good haul, hope it keeps up for the final few days until and including Dec 31st.

    1. How could I forget "palindrome" when I noticed the dates? My favorite is "racecar." Much simpler than "A man, a plan, a canal -- Panama!"

      I'm hoping to set a new record. Weather permitting, I'll be getting out of the house to fetch The Pony halfway home, stay overnight at a casino, shop for my Christmas dinner food, take Genius out to a different casino, visit my best old ex-teaching buddy Mabel for lunch, and of course gather gift scratchers before Christmas. So the opportunity is there, if I'm deserving of the coinage.