December 4, 2007
Found – In the pocket of an old coat
I was freezing my butt off. Literally. The temperature had dropped down to the 30s, but with the windchill, it felt much colder. I had been wearing my short down jacket which is super thick and warm. The problem was that since it’s so short, only waist length, every time that I moved or bent over or bent down, I would get really cold because the jacket would ride up and let in a cold breeze.
I took a good look in my closet and found an older and longer down jacket that I hadn’t worn in at least 5 years. It was a classic black down jacket that was about mid-thigh in length. I figured that should be much warmer and the jacket shouldn’t ride up on me when I moved around. I tried it on and it still fit really well.
Of course, one of the first things you do when you try on a jacket is put your hands in the pockets. This jacket has two sets of front pockets which overlap each other. A set of pockets which you can put your hands in from the side and an overlapping set of pockets that you put your hands in from above and which have a velcro flap enclosure. I put my hands in the set of pockets with the flap enclosures since they are the most convenient to reach and found some old tissues in the right pocket. I took those out and threw them away, but I felt something strange in the left pocket. I could feel what felt like a coin through the nylon material. I didn’t know if the coin was trapped in the lining of the jacket or in the other pocket underneath. It was jammed in the corner. I thought “That’s weird. I wonder if that’s a dime.” I put my hands in the set of side pockets and felt the coin. I pulled it out and there was a dime.