Smitty’s Loose Change #13

I just won the jackpot – and I don’t even gamble.

I notice things.  I find money, because I look where people will lose money.  The $100 bill that I picked up from a grocery store checkout line floor, had been stepped on by the two customers in front of me.  I check the overflow chutes of the coin-counting machines found in many grocery stores.  I found 40 pennies in one, before Canada stopped minting them.  I still find the occasional few, because the machines have been set to reject them.

I recently left my neighborhood store, and glanced at the chute as I passed.  There were coins in it.  Not just a couple of pennies, or a bent dime, or a foreign coin that I could add to my collection.  The chute was full.  I bent over to see what they were…. and they were Loonies and Toonies – Canada’s, one and two dollar coins.

I quickly looked around, to see if there was someone cashing in a machine receipt – someone who would yell, “Get away from there!  That’s my money!”  No-one was paying me the least attention.  I took a large handful and dumped it into my shirt packet – and another large handful – and another large handful.  I scraped the last of it together and poured it into my pocket, affecting an off-the-shoulder look as I scuttled out.

I hoped to beat my $100 dollar record.  When I got home, I sorted it out.  21 Toonies = $42, 33 Loonies = $33, and 4 quarters, totaling $76.  Not a bad reward for just paying attention.  The next day, I only found two dimes.

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Newspaper article headline
Should Kitchener aim to end all traffic injuries?

Nah!  Let’s maintain the ‘Run Em Down’ protocol we’ve always had!

Duh.  While that headline may seem rather silly, what the article was (delicately) asking, was, how much tax revenue can we afford to spend, for how much reduction in injuries.

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How can you tell when a Christian Apologist blogger is lying?
That’s a trick question.  They’re always lying!
The liars are the majority, who won’t enable comments.  They make strawman claim after special pleading claim, but won’t engage in debate, or allow Atheists to offer counter-arguments.

The ones who are even worse than this, are the ones who edit out comments they don’t like.  I found a Christian trivia post which asked, “Who did Paul say should not be allowed to continue to Cyrene, because he had left the group?”

Knowing what would happen, I gave two answers.  Howard Stern?  Ray Comfort, because he went out for more bananas?  (If you don’t get the Ray Comfort joke, Google it.)  Sure enough, when I returned the next day, I had been excised.

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I heard a TV weather forecast during the cold snap around Christmas.  The announcer warned not to travel to Canada’s Prairie Provinces, because the temperatures could go down to Negative 35.  I’ve never heard that expression used before.  It sounds like we owe somebody some weather.  Technically, it’s correct.  Plus and Minus are mathematical terms which indicate actions.  Five, minus (take away) three, equals two.  Have any of you ever heard a weather forecast which included the term “negative” temperatures.  My new online friend from Kenya is exempted.

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After claiming victory over an infestation of rats, Oh Rats!, they came back for a second round.  I tried to turn the central air-conditioner on, and found that they had chewed their way in through the tiny hole that carries the tubes to the outdoor unit…. and the control wire.  😯  😦  After that repair, I sprayed the hole full of expanding, hardening plastic foam.

I had replaced the flexible dryer hose with another plastic one, because the path the tube takes from the machine to the outside vent is quite twisty, and complex.  To prevent another attack from that direction, I hired Dryer Vent Wizard to install solid, aluminum tubing.

The installation tech was, indeed, a wizard.  When he moved the dryer, leaving a hole in the floor, to the basement, Mica, my Fred Astaire-dancer, Bengal cat showed up to supervise.  Workers like this now all take pictures with their smart-phones, as proof of work done.  We didn’t even know that Mica was there.  He leaned up, took a photo, showed it to us when he finished, and sent it to us by email.

27 thoughts on “Smitty’s Loose Change #13

  1. Rivergirl says:

    Wow. The most money I’ve ever found was $5. Every once in a while someone will say negative temperature here, but I’ve never heard a weatherman use the term.

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  2. Rivergirl says:

    Love that picture. Proof positive cats are curious!

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    • Archon's Den says:

      The other two cats are content to ignore tradesmen. Mica just has to know what’s going on. 😎
      Most people who do work in other people’s houses have to get used to the presence of pets. Fortunately, no-one who has come to our place has disliked either our cats, or dogs. 😀 Of course, it helps that they’re all so adorable. 😉

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  3. 1jaded1 says:

    Congrats on the windfall.

    I don’t mind when people disable comments. Their blog, their rules and all that jazz. People who delete are asking for an echo chamber. Ray Comfort is something I haven’t heard in awhile. Funny (but not to that person).

    Hi Mica!

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    • Archon's Den says:

      I told Mica that you’d said Hello. He was as impressed as a cat ever gets. 😉
      There’ll be a couple of better pictures of him (that you may already have seen in older posts) in about a month. He managed to sneak out of the house and scared the shit out of us for over two days. 😳 😥

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  4. Tippy Gnu says:

    Congrats on the windfall.

    I don’t think I’ve ever excised comments, but I have blocked a commentator, who was leaving long-winded, angry, abusive, rants against me. I’m sure I deserved such vituperations, but it didn’t mean I had to tolerate them.

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    • Archon's Den says:

      I thought that I was going to have to find out how to block a specific commenter. He claimed to be an Atheist, but still (occasionally) prayed to both Christian God, and The Great Spirit. He wandered off into Flat Earth, government conspiracy, Area 51 anti-Catholic land. He left 78 comments in two weeks, some longer than my original post, dueling with a female Bible-thumper on my site. I quietly ignored him/them, and they both finally went away. 😯

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  5. I’m always amused by the TrueChristians (and other theists) who insist that they are able to counter anything an atheist says but then promptly shut down their comments when their lies are outed.

    Ray Comfort is such a special idiot. He did give me a copy of his book and two Subway gift cards for debating him. Alas, like any other lying theist, he does try to pretend that the video of him and me doesn’t exist.

    Having gone to Toronto a year or two ago, I have a handful of Canadian coins left. I like the ones that have the two colors of metal in them.

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    • Archon's Den says:

      So, you got to actually meet the great (in his own mind) man?? Were you as underwhelmed by him as I am? If I got the chance, I’d try to enter with a banana in my hand. I like Dillahunty’s comment. It fits up your butt, too!
      The British two-Pound coin is very similar to ours, only gold around the outside, and silver in the center. https://www.bing.com/images/search?q=image+2+pound+coin&id=EAB256605A7BED150F60C8B376E3DB6F616229F1&FORM=IQFRBA

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      • yep, met him via Zoom, when his office *briefly* has advertised on his youtub channel that he wanted to talk to atheists. I negotiated getting a copy of the chat for my own, which I’m very glad I did.

        He is totatlly unimpressive. Those videos he has about how great he is as an apologist are either fake or he really goes out of his way to find very dumb people.

        oh, aren’t those pretty coins!

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      • Archon's Den says:

        Theists have accused The Atheist Experience of only airing dumb Christian callers. They reply that the show is not edited, and these are the people who call in. If you have a really great preacher or Theology student, have them call. They don’t! Ray Comfort – and several others – will not call in, or debate Matt.
        I recently received a 2010 Sacajawea dollar. It looks as pretty as any of these…. in the catalog, but in real life, it is plain and ugly. It’s no wonder the Mint can’t get rid of them. I composed a post about it, but it won’t publish for a couple of months. CU around.
        Would you care to please a map-nut, and admit where you are located? 😀

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      • yep, I do enjoy when even Christians admit that Christians aren’t very good apologists.

        Yeah, the Sac coins weren’t very good. My husband loves to give them out as tips just to get a few out there.

        Darn, not willing to pick through my blog and figure it out? 🙂 I am located in Harrisburg, PA, just about 7 miles north of Three Mile Island of nuclear meltdown fame. I’m originally from Clarion County, in western Pennsylvania, a very rural area, so I grew up between little towns.

        I’m a map nut too. I took a couple of map courses in college for my geology degree and a couple of aerial/satellite photo courses. Back then I was still using a Leroy lettering set, and the patterned sticky films to make maps. 🙂

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      • Archon's Den says:

        I’ve been reading your stuff for about a year, and didn’t remember any reference to location. If you haven’t put it out there, I could pick all day, and not find it. It is perhaps easier to just ask nicely.

        Why, we’re practically neighbors. We (I) kinda, sorta, almost got lost in Harrisburg two years ago. We we coming from Wilkes-Barre, heading for DC. I wanted to get off I-81, and onto State 15. I missed exit 5B, had to take exit 4 and trek across town, back to a 15 up-ramp.

        The sad tale is here if you’re at all interested. https://archonsden.wordpress.com/2018/09/19/lost-in-the-u-s-a/

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      • oh that whole mess around I-81 and US 15 is a pain. 🙂

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  6. I once found RM50 (approx. C$15) next to a parked car near the grocery store. Once I was at a teller machine and found an envelope with RM400 in it. But I returned it to the owner since there was an address on the envelope. When I got to the address, I asked the old lady if she is the person as stated on the envelope and she said yes. Told her I found the money and she called her daughter immediately. And her daughter said she had accidentally left the envelope at the teller machine. The next week, the lady’s daughter invited me for breakfast to thank me for returning the money. She told me she works with her hubby who is a lawyer and that he owns a legal firm. Hmmm…I should have kept the money. LOL! ∩(︶▽︶)∩

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    • Archon's Den says:

      Perhaps you should have. But maybe the daughter and husband are so stingy that they don’t help the old lady in any way. 😯
      A schoolmate neighbor and I were walking one day. We both saw an envelope on the sidewalk, 100 feet ahead. I thought we’d just wait to pick it up when we got to it. Suddenly he raced ahead and grabbed it. It contained about $40 Cdn. – a significant amount in 1960. It was some old lady’s electrical utility payment. While he knew who it belonged to, he neither returned it, nor shared any of it with me. He was soon an ex-friend. 😛

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      • The address was there so there was no excuse not to return it. LOL! You know lawyers are now referred to as swamp scums! And I’m glad you got rid of that schoolmate. In Australia, someone like him is called a scumbag!

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