Wednesday, 24 June 2009

A tenner for your thoughts

I was walking along through a shopping arcade today, inbetween work appointments and (hence) much that is annoying me.

When I saw it.

a £10 note (overseas readers should use the currency converter for a sense of the true import of this).

Glinting in the sunlight, diffuse as it was through the overhead decorative windows: sepia-toned (I'm not sure if that was the note itself or the dreamlike state I found myself in upon spotting said item), inviting me to reach down and pick it up.

I did, and immediately felt guilty.

Being honest/stupid (delete as appropriate), I walked up to the person twenty feet ahead of me and asked if he'd dropped any money.

Thankfully he was as honest/stupid as me, and said no, he hadn't. So I am £10 richer.

I know it's not the most exciting thing to blog about, but it's the best thing that's happened to me all day.

So far, anyway...

15 comments:

Zhoen said...

Sometimes the universe just does these things. Enjoy.

lakeviewer said...

Lucky you. The stars are aligned and you will find two more pieces of good luck. (besides having Fyre Bird as a friend, whence I came to vist you.)

Reading the Signs said...

You were probably a victim of a Random Act of Kindness, Trousers. I myself have been involved in such things, both on the giving and receiving end.

Mazel tov.

Fire Byrd said...

A good find, so double the good feeling by doing something for someone else with it perhaps...
xx

Angela Recada said...

Lucky you! Enjoy the feeling! In my experience, it's been the Universe making up for cheating me financially at some other time. Everything balances out in the end - that sort of thing. Enjoy!

B said...

Reading the Signs - thanks. I haven't done that in AGES. i'll have to start doing in again.

B said...

*waves at trousers*
we had that happen recently, but there was noone about. And tonight we found a pound at the fair. yay to the money fairy that drops them for us! :)

trousers said...

Zhoen, I think I could enjoy as soon as I knew I hadn't inadvertently ripped off anyone who might have feasibly lost it at that point in time.

lakeviewer, nice to see you again: I'm not going to actually expect more luck, but we'll see. And yes, Fire Byrd is a fine friend to have :)

Nice way of looking at it, signs - I have exercised my own share of Random Acts of Senseless Kindness (the most recent being last week when I knocked on a door to let them know their keys were in the door but on the outside, where anyone could have taken them), so maybe this is recompense of a kind.

Fire Byrd, lovely of you to pop in whilst you're on holiday! I treated a rather beleaguered colleague (and other words which have "league" in them) to a much needed libation using said money.

Yes, Angela, I was able to assuage any guilt feelings (which were at a minimum having checked with said nearby person) in part by remembering the occasions in which I've lost money.

B, (whilst simultaneously waving back) - at the right moment, the right time, random acts as described by signs are just the best, aren't they? Though to subvert the last sentence, those random acts can dictate what is the right moment and time.

The money fairy has smiled upon me today. Here's hoping other fairies (as suggested by lakeviewer) might do too :)

trousers said...

Oh, and signs - interesting use of the word victim :)

Reading the Signs said...

Hi there B - happy to oblige.

Trousers, well you see - not to be a wet blanket about any of this, because it's nice to be nice (and I really think this), but some people also feel like this about it. And I can also, kind of, see their point.

trousers said...

Yes he makes some good points there, signs, I have to concur: I guess my own acts haven't been quite so random - more targetted, such as the one described in my comment above.

B said...

that article really depressed me :(

i used to leave enough money in the coffee machine in work for the next person to get a free drink. i refuse to believe that anyone could have been upset by that. unfortunately i no longer work anywhere near that (or any other) coffee machine.

trousers said...

I think the article is talking about much more, er, extreme acts of kindness, if that's the right word. I don't believe any of my random acts, such as they are, would have unsettled anybody.

I think yours is fine too - I love it when there's money left in the coffee machine.

Just wondering, following on from that: does anyone ever leave a £5 or £10 note (say) in a coat they know they won't be wearing again for a few months? Til next winter or the like? I used to do that, and would always forget I'd done it - and then it would be great to find it again all that time later when you put the coat back on...

Merkin said...

A long time ago I found an indeterminate amount and decided to keep it.

The alternative was to hand it in to the local police station.

That would have gone the same direction as the dope that gets lifted (the best dope comes confiscated from your local plod, in my experience)

No contest. Some guilt.

trousers said...

I like the summing up there merk: no contest. Some guilt.

Precisely:)