Treasure Find in the City
Treasure Find- Buried treasure in unexpected places
Decades ago, when I was younger, I knew a couple, i will call "Jack and Toni". Jack and Toni were a young couple in college, struggling to make ends meet. They worked all day at an apartment complex, and went to school in the evenings. I was impressed at how they coped with their lack of finances. As a couple, they always came up with crazy things to do that didn't cost very much as a way to "have a date".
One of the things they did was something they called "Treasure Find". Toni told me, "Basically it is like searching for buried treasure, only not in the ocean or anything". What they did was "hunt" for lost coins. Anytime they went to the store, on a walk, to the park- no matter where they went- they were always looking down, searching for lost change. "It is amazing how much money people drop on the ground. Most of the time it is only a penny, nickle, or dime- but once I found a five dollar bill on our walk around the city", said Toni.
I think the craziest thing they did, though, wasn't finding money on the ground- it was something they called "Treasure Diving". "This is a new level of Treasure Find. The amount we found was usually more than a few pennies", shared Toni. She continued on in hushed tones as if afraid someone might overhear, "I just don't know if I should share it with you". "Why"?, I asked. "Well, keep in mind we were young, and I am not sure, now that I look back, how "legal" it was", she admitted.
Now my curiosity was completely piqued. I knew Toni to be a person of high integrity, and couldn't imagine what it was she was going to tell me. I was afraid she was going to disclose to me she and Jack had done something drastic and horrible, like robbery or something. "She said, "OK, I will tell you, but you can't ever tell anyone using my real name". I agreed, and she proceeded with her explanation.
"We came upon this game quite by accident. One day we were in a book store, you know the kind with the big stuffed comfy chairs", Toni explained. "Next door was a coffee shop, Jack and I love coffee, but we were so broke, we couldn't even buy a cup of coffee", she said. "So we liked going to this book store because we could look at all the books and magazines without buying anything (at least not too often, although we bought most of our books for school there)" Toni continued, "One night, I grabbed a book and sat down in one of the big comfy chairs, and when I did, my keys slipped out of my pocket and down in between the cushions", and then Toni got an odd look on her face, it was almost a look of childlike pleasure as she shared what happened next.
"I reached my hand down along the inside, between the chair and the cushion to get my keys, and felt something else there along with my keys- it was a handful of loose change!" Toni exclaimed. " I pulled out my keys and felt around some more- I pulled out more than three dollars, mostly in quarters!", She whispered enthusiastically. "I quickly went to find Jack to tell him what I found", she continued. "Well, after that, we made it into a game. We decided the game was to go from chair to chair in the store, and dig around to see if we could find enough change to buy some coffee", and then she added, "most of the nights we found enough for at least one cup, sometimes enough for two, and a pastry!"
Toni and Jack continued this game for months until one day there wasn't any change at all. They thought it was just chance. However, for the next several times when they went to the store, there wasn't anything, not even a stale Cheeto. Someone was on to their game, and was taking the coins for themselves. "So, that ended our "Treasure Find" game of "Treasure Diving", Toni said, somewhat sadly. "It was really a lot of fun. However, now that I am older, I wonder if we should have turned the money into the store", she confessed.
Well, I don't know what would have been legal, but one thing I can say, that was one of the most creative things I heard anyone doing to entertain themselves for free! Toni and Jack got out of college, got great jobs, and can easily afford that coffee now, but there still is a fond gleam in her eye as she relived that time in their lives when she and Jack were poor and trying to put themselves through school. She has a sense of nostalgia as she tells me how much fun they had in those early college years. These days they still go on walks, they still go to the park, and sometime, just for old times sake- they still look down to see what treasure they can find.
What Crazy ways do you have of playing "Treasure Find"? Going out on a date for Free?
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