Saturday, April 17, 2010

A Profitable Surprise

"A dollar picked up in the road is more satisfaction to us than the 99 which we had to work for."

Mark Twain

In the continuing saga of my adventure in the fair state up north, I stumbled upon a cache of not insubstantial assets – much like Bilbo Baggins fortuitous discovery of the One Ring in his flight from below ground, this is the grand tradition of old fashioned tales. What I found however is not an evil artefact which grants invisibility to its wearer, and I certainly did not find it while groping blindly about a cave floor. One is much more likely to get a fistful of guano that way.

What I found was,

This bunch.

It was a morning and it was good. I was going about my business here-and-thereabouts (though what business I was busy with was none of yours). As per the dictation of my business, I was compelled to park my car and to leave it behind. Now, I was in the process of walking away but out of force of habit, I turned back to check if my car was locked properly or if it had suddenly burst into flames (more likely than you think). That was when I notice a sheaf of mostly greenish papers lying quietly by my car, fluttering slightly in a waft of breeze.

I did not recognise them for what they are immediately, them being chiefly in the new RM 50 print. I even thought that they might have Indonesian 50 rupiah bills (in which case, someone probably used them to blow their noses in and then threw them away). But lo, I saw the Agong’s smug little mug on them and "Fuckin’ hell!" I did express with hushed incredulity.

I scanned the parking place inquiringly, half-expecting to see someone who looked like they have suddenly and recently been rendered a whole lot poorer but it was an hour in which people are scarce. Whoever parked his car in my spot previously must have secreted these monies when he got off or got on his vehicle. The right thing to do, I believe, is to hang about the place to see if anyone would return to retrieve the wad and to that end, I waited about 5 minutes before I went to perform my errands. And when I returned, I expended a few more of my minutes waiting but I eventually got bored and drove away cackling and waving a middle finger about the air. Phoebs is of the opinion that I shouldn’t even have spent a second lingering to see if anyone would come back for the cash – and they call us atheists immoral, tsk tsk. Uh, for people that missed something, Phoeb's not an atheist. She's a Presbyterian.

Anyhoo, if you’ve noticed, I have not confided the time, place or the precise amount of loot I’ve picked up in this post (the picture is of no help at all, trust me, and it wasn’t all 50 dollar bills anyway). So, if you happen to be the hapless person who has mislaid a whole lot of legal tenders lately, drop a comment here with those exact details.

I am not terribly optimistic about a real claimant though. Daddy needs a new pair of Timberland.

P.S. This is the second time I wrote about picking a considerable amount of money right off the ground. If there’s a God, he seems to like me hell a lot, don’t you think?

Keeping my gaze down,
k0k s3n w4i


Jen said...

god likes you, but i hate you! >:(

阿光 said...

It was mine. i drop it at kl and the wind blew it to penang... ><! just kidding.. you are lucky =D

k0k s3n w4i said...

Jen: hate on me, but I can't feel your hate. these 50 dollar bills in my wallet makes me impervious to your hate.

阿光: that's some wind xD and yeah, i am disproportionately lucky in a lot of ways compared to most.

Vin Tsen Gan said...

Obviously its mine, see my photo is printed on it XD

Lukey Cher Hong said...

i'm wondering the chances the owner will read your blog. it would be a very interesting story if he/she googles it and stumbles unto ur blog

theeggyolks said...

the most i ever picked up is rm10 only -_-"

Munn said...

omg you're so lucky! mind to share your luckiness with me? ;p

John said...

you should bring them to police station and not ask them to comment here.

Nina Nurziana said...

wow! this is nice~~

j_fish said...

what if the person's dad needed the money for something more important than timberland shoes?

SiMon Har said...

God! u r so lucky! i juz hope tat i can get RM50 from the ground ^^

Nana Eddy said...

Geez. while some people found money, I lost some. (well not exactly lost, but I had to pay for my car repairs fee because of an accident). huhu

Grace said...

lol you're rather lucky! anyway, shouldn't u make a police report or what?

kenwooi said...

i bet the real owner doesnt even know exactly how much he/she lost.. =P

araleling said...

Wah, very lucky! Usually I spotted like RM1~2 but yours is wow, lol XD

Lucky RM500 or 1k did not exist already, imagine 5 RM1k notes.. @_@

MsXeRoZ Nicole said...

i found RM50 before when i was on the way to clinic. I dont know how, but i saw something moving under a car parked at an alley. So i told mom, under there got money (i dont know how i can see it). Mom bend down and grab a RM50. =)

That was 14 years ago..

God must have spent, a little more time on you~!

k0k s3n w4i said...

Vin Tsen Gan: wow, you're one ugly mofo then, haha.

Lukey Cher Hong: the best chance he/she got is that someone reading this post would tell him/her. then again, i was lucky enough to stumble upon so much cash. maybe the owner would get equally lucky :P

theeggyolks: money red, blue or green... are all money :)

Munn: *rubs munn with some of my luck*

John: there's a chance the owner might recover his/her money here. there's no chance for that once our polis di-raja malaysia get their paws on the cash.

Nina Nurziana: wow! your comment is exactly the same in whichever blog or post you comment in~~

j_fish: the 'daddy' in the post refers to me. it's a jocular expression, not to be taken literally. and what can i do about it other than throw out this small chance for the owner to recover the money? should i post up notices everywhere? should i put an ad in the papers? i can easily not write this post, you know.

SiMon Har: keep a closer watch on the ground then, you might get lucky.

Nana Eddy: and a friend of mine won over a thousand bucks from the germany vs argentina game. c'est la vie and all that.

Grace: i dislike the police. they handled my mugging case terribly and when we had a break in, the police actually stole my mother's watch while probing around - which was worth more than what the burglars actually took.

kenwooi: i'm reasonably sure he/she can give a pretty close amount. it's more important where and when he/she lost the money.

araleling: that... would be insane, yes :)

MsXeRoZ Nicole: kids tend to be more observant. god's a strange guy then, because i spend quite a lot of time writing about why he's a total dick, haha.