Monday, July 24, 2006
  Someone is lucky!
Saturday, I went to my workout, went to Starbucks, went grocery shopping, and then came home. I left everything in the car but the groceries, which I left on the front steps with my sandy shoes to take care of the slight problem by drinking a half gallon of water during a 90-minute workout. Then I came back out and put the groceries away.

Saturday night, I went to get my wallet and couldn't find it. I checked everywhere. Sunday, I thoroughly searched my car. I looked in my dresser drawers, in my bathroom, in my bed.. I even checked between the burritos in the freezer. But no wallet, still.

I called the grocery store to see if they had found it. Nope.

Today I contemplated my situation. Shall I give up and go about replacing everything in that wallet? Or should I, as I'm doing with Wailey, cross my fingers and hope it shows up?

Then, Miracle #1: I listened to my voicemail. Message #1 was from Bank of America. Appears Miracle #2: A nice fella had found my wallet and called BoA as I had one of their bank cards in my wallet.

He found my wallet on the street while walking his dog. It was soaked but intact.

He's in Tampa until Thursday, but I can pick it up from him then. Woo-woo! I am one lucky girl! After all, I had a Build-a-Bear club card with $70 worth of purchases on it. Another $30 and I get a $10 credit! The ID, the cards, the checks.. They were all replaceable, but my Build-a-Bear card? :)

Any ideas on what to get this fella as a thank-you? The only things I know are that he's 1) a guy, 2) named Frank, and 3) works at Enterprise. A $20 gift certificate from Best Buy, possibly? Ideas???
PS - email back, jerk.
That should work! Good thing there are still honest people out there!
Wow! You are really lucky!!! What a nice guy. Why not just give him cash?
you could get him a build-a-bear which would give you more credits! except you'd have to have your card first.. i think the best buy gift cert. is a great idea!
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I'm Stacey. I'm a 31(!)-year-old Wisconsin girl living in sunny South Florida. The highlights in my life are my lovely boyfriend, my aloof cats, my adorable/adoring stepdogs, my two lumbering tortoises, select family members, being outside, being underwater, taking pictures, yadda yadda. Stay tuned for lots of babbling!

Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States


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Making a difference

A small boy lived by the ocean. He loved the creatures of the sea, especially the starfish, and he spent much of his time exploring the seashore.

One day the boy learned there would be a minus tide that would leave the starfish stranded on the sand.

When the tide went out, he went down to the beach, began picking up the stranded starfish, and tossing them back into the ocean.

An elderly man who lived next door came down to the beach to see what the boy was doing. Seeing the man's quizzical expression, the boy paused as he approached. "I'm saving the starfish!" the boy proudly declared.

When the neighbor saw all of the stranded starfish he shook his head and said: "I'm sorry to disappoint you, young man, but if you look down the beach, there are stranded starfish as far as the eye can see. And if you look up the beach the other way, it's the same. One little boy like you isn't going to make much of a difference."

The boy thought about this for a moment. Then he reached his small hand down to the sand, picked up another starfish, tossed it out into the ocean, and said: "Well, I sure made a difference for that one!"

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