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    August 15, 2009

    Found – In the parking lot outside of Marshall’s

    I love getting good bargains at Marshall’s. What I’ve noticed over the past few years, is that some Marshall’s stores get better inventory than others based on the local income demographic. That means that if a Marshall’s is located in a wealthier neighborhood, it tends to get nicer and better clothing, purses, shoes, housewares, etc.

    I was out on LI and in a Mega Marshall’s. I found this really nice soft red Italian leather Makowsky purse. I’ve been needing a new bag because the one I’ve been using is a few years old and stained with ink and all kinds of different things. The purse was on sale for about $129 dollars which is not bad for a soft Italian leather Makowsky, but at the same time, a little steep for a handbag.

    I bought it anyway because I really feel in love with it. As I was walking out of the store, I was debating to myself whether I should have spent the money on it or not. I took about 5 steps out the door when I looked down and found this dime in my path.

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    Dime 87

    July 30, 2009

    Found – In an old beach bag

    I’ve been using a Tommy Bahama beach bag for the past few years (or was it Caribbean Joe?). It’s well worn and pretty badly stained. It has leather straps and a leather bottom so it can’t really be thrown into a washing machine without getting ruined. And it’s not worth paying to dry clean it since I bought it really cheap at Marshall’s. So instead, when I was at Sears the other day, I bought a really nice Land’s End beach bag that is all canvas and machine washable.

    I was making the switch over today from my old bag to my new bag, moving my suntan lotions, my towels, etc. And when I put my hand into the zippered compartment to see if anything was left in there, I found this dime. Very strange considering that I always kept my money in the separate little change purse that came with the bag…

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    Dimes 85 and 86

    July 27, 2009

    Found – in the parking lot at Shop Rite

    The house that I have been looking at and was interested in, dropped in price again. It was the second price drop in about 2 weeks, so I decided to take a little drive past it on my way to the supermarket to see if they made any of the updates to it that the real estate guy told me they were planning to do.

    I had noticed on the internet listing that some of the interior updates were made, but I wasn’t sure about the exterior updates. When I drove past, I did not notice any new exterior updates. Every time I drive past the house, it just reconfirms to me how much I like the neighborhood. It’s a great location and the neighborhood just has a really nice friendly vibe. I’m just unsure about the house itself because it has a few issues – way too much baseboard heating along practically every wall of the house, and an outdated electrical system. So I’m still up in the air about it, leaning towards no unless the price comes down another 30K or so.

    Anyway, after I drove past the house, I went to the supermarket to pick up some groceries. I drove all the way to the far end of the parking lot, farthest away from the store itself, so that my car wouldn’t get hit by stray shopping carts or people who park too close. I’ve gotten too many little dents and dings on my car in supermarket parking lots over the years.

    I parked my car in a spot with empty spots on either side of it. I opened my door and as I was stepping out of my mini-SUV, I found a bunch of change on the ground right next to me. Two quarters, two dimes, two pennies. I thought that was kinda strange. Of course, I immediately started to look around the spot, my car, the car on the other side, to see if there were perhaps some larger bills lying around, but no such luck. LOL.

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    Dime 84

    July 23, 2009

    Found – in the grass at a Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Bob Dylan concert

    I went to see a John Mellencamp concert last summer and I found a dime in the grass at that show. This year, he was doing shows with Willie Nelson and Bob Dylan. A friend and I decided to get tickets and see him again since we enjoyed last year’s show so much.

    It was a beautiful sunny Saturday so we planned on leaving early, bringing some food with us, tailgating for a little while in the parking lot before heading inside for the show. Last year, we were in the front row. This year, we had 5th row. Somehow, I was getting really lucky when purchasing tickets.

    Unfortunately, my friend hit some traffic on the way to my house and we ended up leaving about a half hour later than we wanted to, which wasn’t really a big deal. It got worse when we got closer to the venue. We were about 7 or 8 miles away when we hit bumper to bumper, stand still, the road is a parking lot, kind of traffic. It took us almost an hour and a half to travel those 7 miles.

    By the time we got to the parking lot, we had eaten half of our tailgating food while sitting in traffic and we had missed the entire opening act. We parked, finished our food, and then embarked on the 20 minute walk from the parking lot to the performance center. After stopping at the bathrooms, by the time we got to our seats Willie Nelson’s set was more than half over.

    We wanted to buy some drinks in the intermission time between his set and Mellencamp’s but the lines at all of the concessions were ridiculously long and looked like they were not moving at all. We didn’t want to miss any of John’s show so we just stayed near our seats.  He came on and gave a great performance with lots of energy and excitement. We were up and dancing for most of it.

    After his set, we decided to get some drinks. This time we didn’t care if we missed the beginning of Dylan’s set, we aren’t really big Dylan fans anyway. So I got on line, standing on the grass, for one of the drink concessions. I was about 6th on line and it took a good 15+ minutes to get served. I called my friend to find out where she was when I was 2nd or 3rd on line and told her where to meet me. She showed up just as I was getting served. I bought the drinks and then moved over to get out of the way of the rest of the customers on line behind me. It was then when I just happened to look down and found this dime in the grass below my feet.

    What are the chances that I’m going to find a dime in the grass at Mellencamp concerts two years in a row? At completely different places!

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    Dime 83

    July 18, 2009

    Found – on the floor at IGA

    I was running errands, stocking up on supplies for some tailgating this evening. I had already bought the chips, the snacks, the drinks, the water, the wraps, etc. The only thing I had forgetten was some seltzer or club soda.

    I can’t drink soda, neither regular nor diet. I can’t have the sugar and/or corn syrup that regular is made with and I can’t have the artificial sweeteners that they put in diet soda, so I just drink plain seltzer water or club soda. Sometimes I will add a splash of lemon or lime or some juice if I want something flavored.

    Anyway, as I was driving home, I remembered that I had forgotten the seltzer. That’s when I decided I would make a short detour to the small local grocery store to pick some up. I walked straight to the little room in the back of the store where they have the beer, wine, mixers, and seltzer. I picked up 2 one liter bottles and then, for some strange reason, instead of just making my way up to the front of the store to pay, I wandered into the chip aisle. I don’t know if I just wanted to check out what they had or what, as it wasn’t really a conscious decision, it was as if my legs just went that way.

    I turned the corner into the aisle and I found this dime right there on the floor. It’s almost as if someone or something took my hand and led me to it. Strange…

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    Dime 82

    July 14, 2009

    Found – on the street during a bike ride

    It was a beautiful day and I had a ton of energy. I hadn’t been using my bicycle all that much lately, not as much as I would like to, so I decided that it would be a lovely evening for a bike ride. I didn’t want to go too far, just around the local neighborhood.

    There is not one flat road in my local neighborhood. All of the roads have some kind of hill or incline to them. It’s quite a challenge when it comes to just wanting to go for a leisurely ride because the hills always make it a really good workout.

    I was huffing and puffing my way up a road with only a small hill when I found this dime right in the path of my bike.

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    Dime 81

    July 9, 2009

    Found – in the parking lot at Trader Joe’s

    It was a perfectly beautiful sunny day and I did not feel like sitting in my office in front of my computer. I had several errands that I needed to run, so I figured I would take a few hours on a beautiful afternoon to run errands and work later into the evening. Thankfully, my schedule is flexible and allows me to do that.

    I was on my second or third errand when I pulled into the parking lot for Trader Joe’s. As I often do on beautiful days, I parked along the far empty end of the lot so I could get some exercise walking across the parking lot to and from the store.

    I did my shopping, purchased a few bags of groceries, and pushed my shopping cart across the lot and to my car. I have a mini SUV, so I opened the liftgate in the back to load my groceries. As I was doing so, I moved the shopping cart over to the side a bit to make sure the door didn’t hit it. That’s when I happened to look down and found this shiny dime on the ground right behind my car.

    What are the chances that with all of the parking spaces in that entire lot, I’m going to park in the one where I would find a dime right behind my car? Especially since the section of the lot that I parked in was totally empty.

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    Guardian Angel

    July 5, 2009

    Found – on the street during a walk

    I wasn’t feeling very well. I had eaten and/or drank something that didn’t agree with me the night before when I went out with some friends for the 4th of July. We went to one of my favorite NYC restaurants, Becco, for dinner where I had the all-you-care-to-eat three pasta special. I was so full, I skipped dessert. Then we walked a few blocks down to the West Side to watch the big Macy’s fireworks. It was so crowded and poorly planned.  It took us over an hour to get our car out of the garage where it was parked nearby. We drove back to NJ and decided to go bowling. I had a few drinks at the bowling alley which I think are what upset my stomach.

    Anyway, after eating mostly fruit and veggies all day, I decided that I should probably go for a nice long walk, maybe that would help to make me feel better. I remember thinking, as I started the walk, that I needed a sign. The weekend before, I had looked at a house that I was interested in, but for various reasons, was a bit undecided about it. It had a nice layout, and lots of potential, but it also needed a new electrical box, and additional outlets, and quite a bit of other work. I had a really good feeling about the house, but it wasn’t a 100% go-ahead feeling. So I asked for some kind of a sign when I started out on this walk. I think I actually asked for a dime. I said something like, “send me a dime if I should be buying this house”.

    Less than 5 minutes later, I looked down and noticed something that looked like a coin, but was oval, right in my path on the street. I stopped above it and saw that it was plain, but it looked like one of those coin things that you smush at a tourist attraction, you know, put a penny in, and out comes an oblong imprinted souvenir. So I bent down and picked it up and turned it over. It said “Guardian Angel Ellis Island” on it. I thought, “That’s strange. I was just at Ellis Island 5 days ago when the ferry stopped there on the way to Liberty Island”. But I didn’t think much else about it. I just put it in my pocket and walked another 4 miles around the neighborhood.

    Now, I’ve gotten pretty behind schedule when it comes to posting about these dimes and finds. I have a little dayplanner calendar that I make notes in when I find a dime to keep track of where and when so I don’t forget before I post them online. Up until I sat down to blog today, I was three dimes and one guardian angel behind. I had to consult my calendar as I’m posting to reference the correct dates.

    What I just realized as I’m writing this post about the Guardian Angel Ellis Island coin is that I found it on July 5th. 5 years ago, on July 5th 2004, my grandfather died. He was born in this country only a few years after his parents had immigrated by boat and arrived through Ellis Island. Was the Guardian Angel Ellis Island coin a sign from him? Is he watching over me like a Guardian Angel? Will he be watching over me if I buy that house? My grandfather literally built his house with his own two hands. He knew more about houses than anyone I’ve ever known. I don’t know…. Now I need another sign. I need some kind of validation that the Guardian Angel Ellis Island coin was from him if it indeed was.

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    Dime 80

    June 30, 2009

    Found – in the middle of the hallway exiting Pathmark

    I had an appointment to look at a house at 10am. I’ve totally outgrown the townhouse that I’m currently living in, and with real estate prices being as low as they are, think it would be a good time to upgrade to something larger. Unfortunately, the house that I looked at was too small for me. Most, if not all, of the rooms were smaller than my current rooms. I was a bit disappointed. I got done earlier than I had expected to.

    I was scheduled to pick up a client who was in town visiting from Europe at 11am. I was playing NYC tour guide and taking him to the Statue Of Liberty. I had about 15 or 20 minutes free before my scheduled pick-up so I drove around a bit and made some phone calls. I realized that I needed to use a bathroom since I had drank alot of water that morning and we might hit traffic on the way to the ferry. I knew there was a convenient public restroom in the supermarket in the shopping center I was near, so I drove there, parked, and went in. On my way out, as I entered the corridor to exit the store, I found this small round dime right in the middle of the shiny white tiled floor.

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    June 23, 2009

    My Grandmother’s sister died this morning. She had been in and out of the hospital for about a year now with various ailments and conditions. Several months ago, when she was hospitalized for a fracture, one of her family members mentioned to my grandmother that she was hallucinating.  She was seeing people who weren’t there.  She lived in another state so it wasn’t easy for my Grandmother to go visit her in the hospital and instead relied on reports from other family members. I knew from the minute I heard about that, it would not be long before she would be crossing over.

    My grandfather died in 2004 and he also “saw people” for several months before he passed away in the hospital. When a co-worker’s Dad was very ill and in the hospital a year later, in 2005, and he told me his Dad was “seeing people”, I explained what happened with my grandfather a year earlier. I didn’t want to upset him about his father’s upcoming death, but I thought I should delicately give him a bit of a heads up. His Dad passed away after a long struggle about 6 months later.  So I’m kind of aware of the fact that if someone is old and sick and in the hospital, they are probably not hallucinating, but being prepared for a new journey.

    My grandfather came to me in a dream 10 days before he died and said “Well, kiddo, my days are numbered.” I will always remember those words because I remember waking up in the morning and wondering if I should tell anyone about the dream. I didn’t want to upset anyone so I didn’t mention anything until two weeks later, after he had passed. My mom also had a dream the morning that he died. In the dream, the hospital called to tell her that he had passed away and she was getting ready to go to the hospital, but then she woke up when the phone rang and reality repeated what she had just dreamt.

    A week or two ago I had a dream about my aunt, my Grandmother’s sister, the one who passed away today.  She was with my uncle, her husband, who had passed away more than 10 years ago. They were both young and bright and golden, younger than I had ever known them, since they were already about 50 by the time I was born. I remember thinking how great they looked and how I don’t think I ever saw my aunt as a blond before. They were very happy together, at a party. When I woke up, I knew it only meant one thing – he was coming for her and it wouldn’t be long.

    Within days of that dream, my aunt’s daughter-in-law called my grandmother to tell her how bad her sister’s condition was and how she didn’t want to eat or get out of bed. My grandmother kept saying how her sister “didn’t want to live anymore” and was “giving up”. When the news arrived this morning about her passing, it did not come as a shock or a surprise to any of us. Sadly, it was expected. Through dreams, signs, and experiences, we had been prepared. We knew.

    Rest in peace.

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