Monday, January 30, 2012

Caf Penny

Mondays are good days it seems. Won't whine about Mondays for a change even though I slept in and had to run to catch the train.

When I got to work, I was told I'd be working offsite which was ok but it meant that I couldn't make my usual pot of tea. En route to my offsite location, I stopped off in the caf in the building which houses the offsite office I was helping out in and found a 1952-2002 penny near the cash. It's a shiny new-looking coin.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Six Cent Wednesday

I'm going to night school twice a week this semester - Mondays and Wednesdays. On these days I park  my car in a different spot at the train station. I take a train to work in the morning and the bus home after my class (my train doesn't run in the evenings) so on school nights I park closer  to the bus stop.

This morning, I found a 2004 nickel at the GO station parking lot. It was somewhere between my car and the train platform.

At lunch time, I went for a walk along Queen Street and popped into a few shope. When I was returning to the office, I found a 1970 penny in a sidewalk crack on the south east corner of Queen and John, right in front of the MuchMusic building.

That made for a total find of 6 cents today.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Four coins on a Monday

I know I've whined about Mondays. I really don't like Mondays especially cold, dreary and rainy Mondays. It stays dark for so long. If it was snowing, at least it wouldn't be dreary and dark but rain just adds to the misery. The only thing that makes Monday's better is finding coins, especially in the morning.

So like most Mondays, I was scrambling out of the house so as not to miss my train but I hit every red light between my house and the station and guess what happened. Yup, I saw the train pull into the station as I was pulling into the parking lot.  I waved at it as I was locking my car and it was pulling away.

While walking in the darkness from my car to the station, I pocketed three dimes found at various locations in the parking lot. I was surprised that I was able to spot any coins in the darkness. All three dimes were 2010.

After work, I took a leisurely stroll from my office to my night class. I made a few pit stops along the way - a browse through Winners, a bite to eat at a fast food joint and a window shopping at some shops along the way. Walking on Front Street, I headed north on George Street and found a 2001 penny on the west side of George Street, half way between King and Front.

Grand total for today 31 cents.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Monday Monday

New year, new semester, new course.

I have time to kill between my job and my night class. Today I hung out at the local public library (The St. Lawrence Branch).  It's a small library and every time I've gone in, it's busy. People young and old alike are using it to read, do homework, use the computer, to take out books and to talk to the librarians about stuff. Shame Toronto's mayor doesn't understand the sense of community libraries offer.

Anyway, I left the library and took a nice leisurely stroll to the college. I walked into the classroom and headed to the back of the room (which is my preferred place to sit). As I was cutting across the back to my favourite spot,  there were a bunch a Skittles scattered on the floor and amongst them was a 2010 penny that I quickly pocketed.

Thursday's Forgotten Find

Street coins have been scarce. Must be the cold that's keeping them in the pockets (or pocket books or wallets) of their previous owners so imagine my shock when there, lying on the street, partially covered by some slush was a 2007 penny. And because it's been so long since I last found a coin, I forgot to write about this one.

This cold coin was found during my lunch break. I have a weekly lunch date with a friend. We usually meet either on a Thursday or a Friday, eat and gossip. This particular Thursday we went to this Indian buffet restaurant on King Street called Dhaba. We both eat fast so we ate and had time for a quick jaunt to the book shop. It was en route to the book shop that I found this penny lying on north-west side of King and John. I had to remove my glove to save it from the cold slushy snow surrounding it.

Friday, January 6, 2012

First Find of the Year

It's been a rough week. I was off this last week and a half, sleeping in. Getting up at the crack of dawn has not been easy and I haven't felt like rushing for the train. As many are off this week, I decided to take advantage of this light traffic and drive to work. I have an aversion to underground/indoor parking so I park in this outdoor lot on the corner of Front and Blue Jays Way. It's a few blocks from my office.

I like the parking lot attendant there. He's a friendly fellow and although I don't drive often he remembers me and I always get a very warm morning hello from him.  I learned something from him today. He's an Ethiopian Orthodox Christian and is celebrating Christmas this weekend, same as the Greeks, Russians and Ukrainians. I didn't know there were Ethiopian Orthodox Christians so I wished him a Merry Christmas. He told me his new year is celebrated in September. Wish I had more time to talk to him this morning; this is all very interesting to me and he's gone by the time I leave work.

Anyway, back to my find. My work day was quite busy and before I knew it it was home time. On my way to my car I found a 2005 US dime on the south side of Wellington, east of Blue Jays Way but west of the Marriott Hotel. It was near light post. I scooped it up and put it in my pocket.

Happiness - coins are still waiting to be found.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

2011 Year End Review

Happy New Year. It's 2012. Wishing everyone a healthy and prosperous year.

I haven't found any coins this year - yet.

I thought now would be a good time to summarize all the coins I found last year.
I started this blog in July 2011. That month I found 38 cents Canadian ( 3 pennies, one dime and one quarter) and one US penny.

August: 1 asphalt penny that never made it to the piggy bank, 8 pennies, 2 dimes, one US nickel and one US penny for a total of 6 US cents and 28 cents Canadian.

September: one US dime and one US quarter, 8 pennies, 4 dimes and one casino ticket worth 52 cents for a total of 35 cents US and 48 cents Canadian.

October: 6 pennies, one quarter, one penny that was out of reach and 5 cent Canadian Tire money for a total of 31 cents.

November: 7 pennies, 2 dimes, and one quarter for a total of 52 cents.

December: 7 pennies, 4 dimes and one quarter for a total of 72 cents.

In total I found $2.69 Canadian (39 pennies, 13 dimes, 4 quarters), 42 cents US (2 pennies, 1 nickel, 1 dime, 1 quarter), 5 cents Canadian Tire money, 52 cents casino voucher and 2 pennies that were out of reach.

Next blog I'll do of summary of years.