Archive for April, 2011

The Wallet

Posted in Stories on April 19, 2011 by bigdaddygouda

I had just finished loading $5.25 worth of bottles and cans into the recycling machine at the grocery store. My hands were sticky and smelled like stale beer and flat soda. As I approached the courtesy counter to exchange my bottle receipts I stepped on something. I looked down and beneath my foot, which was also sticky from 20 minutes in the bottle room, I saw a wallet.

I casually reached down for the wallet and cautiously looked around as I picked it up.  I don’t know why but I felt a bit like Morgan Freeman in Shawshank when he opens the box Andy had left for him beneath the stone wall in Buxton.   No one appeared to be watching me and even if they were, so what. I wasn’t doing anything wrong.

The wallet was thick. Obviously I opened it. I saw a drivers license. It belonged to a woman. I didn’t know her. The thing was loaded with all sorts of cards – credit, debit, Bjs, etc. Instinctively I pulled open the money part with my thumbs. This woman was loaded. So to speak. She had hundreds of dollars. Who carries that much cash anymore? Especially with people like me walking around.

Thoughts flooded through my head. How easy would it be just to casually put this thing in my pocket and walk out of the store. I’m pretty sure a younger version of myself wouldn’t have given it much of a thought. Probably would have kept the cash and dumped the rest in the river. What made matters worse is I was broke. I have pennies to my name until my next payday on Thursday. With this small fortune I could fill my gas tank and my refrigerator. I could pay my cell phone bill and buy my sister something nice for her birthday on Friday. Those thoughts however, didn’t compare to the others that creeped in to my head.

I thought of the woman out in the parking lot, frantically searching her bags for the wallet. I thought of the call she would have to make to her husband and explain what happened. I thought of him yelling at her. I thought of her kids who couldn’t go to the movies to see Rio in 3D because Mommy lost the vacation money. The dread that overcame me along with those thoughts was more powerful than the relief of paying off a few bills.

I didn’t give it another thought. I walked to the courtesy desk with a purpose. I handed the clerk the lost wallet and explained how I found it on the ground.

As I walked out of the store with my $5.25 in bottle-return money I heard the woman’s name called over the P.A. system, asking her to please come to the courtesy desk. If she wasn’t in the store I’m sure it would only be a matter of moments before she was back, frantically asking if anyone had turned in a wallet. Lucky for her, somebody had.

I’m broke, I may have to borrow $20 from my sister for gas money but I’m going to bed tonight with a clear conscience. And that is priceless.

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I’m Still Here

Posted in Stuff on April 12, 2011 by bigdaddygouda

A friend recently pointed out that this blog has spiderwebs on it. Meaning that I haven’t updated in quite some time. Unfortunately, sometimes it’s just easier to do a Facebook status than to think of something to write about, log in, write it, spell check it, proof read it, blah blah blah. No, seriously blogging is fun and I wish I did it more.

That being said, here’s what’s been going on lately.

What a magnificent run by the UCONN Huskies mens basketball team. I had an odd feeling about the team way back in December when they beat Michigan State and then blew out Kentucky to win the Maui Invitational. A week later they were ranked 7 in the country and really never looked back. Sure, they wavered a bit towards the end of the regular season but then, with the start of the Big East Tournament, put together a marvelous run that I don’t think we’ll ever witness again. 11 wins in a row and they are suddenly National Champions. From Maui to Manhattan to Monday night. What a year!!

I spent a month watching some of the greatest TV I’ve ever witnessed. Thanks to Netflix and Amazon.com I blew through 3 seasons of Sons of Anarchy and 4 seasons of Mad Men. They are my two new favorite shows. And if you haven’t checked out Mad Men, believe it! The shows lives up to the hype and is worth of all the awards it has received since its premiere in 2007. Don Draper is the best character on TV since Tony Soprano. Nuff said!

Six years ago I took Aidan to his first movie, Shrek 2. Last month, at three years old, I took Grayson to his first, Gnomeo and Juliet. I think it definitely went over his head. He didn’t really know what a Gnome was and the whole idea of talking lawn ornaments was just bizarre to him. Aidan on the other hand was bored silly and thought the film was too “kiddie” for a 9-year-old.

It’s baseball season again and to me, the off season went by in the blink of an eye. The pain of watching the Yankees get blown out of the water by The Rangers is still fresh. As for the Red Sox, I really don’t know what to make of it. They lost 8 outta thier first 10 games and the only team they can beat is the Yankees. Go figure.

I have a new work-related blog. It’s all about Top 10 Lists, which readers of this site over the years know, I’m a big fan of. I’m yet to do my first post but when I do, here’s where you can check it out: http://top10middlesex.blogspot.com/

Okay, that’s enough for now I suppose. I promise to make it a point to blog more but then again, what do you care?