The Shoegazer’s Greatest Hits

I didn’t get the idea to start this blog until well after I had established the pattern of finding currency on the ground and abandoned in other ways. Because I didn’t have the foresight to start a blog years ago, despite a growing pattern, here’s a list of some of the posts you’ve all missed out on.

Circa 1987:

FOUND: $1 (bill), discovered washed up among the seaweed and seashells along the shore of Popham Beach, Maine. This bill likely floated out of a bather’s swimsuit pocket, and based on my age at the time, was probably spent on baseball cards.

Popham Beach, Maine (seen here looking toward Wood Island) - the convergence of two rivers (The Kennebec and The Morse) result in a sandy beach rich in sand dollars (and sometimes, American dollars).  Also famous for its short-lived pre-Plymouth 1607 English colony and the cinematic classic Message In A Bottle, much of it filmed at Popham
Popham Beach, Maine (seen here looking toward Wood Island) – the convergence of two rivers (The Kennebec and The Morse) result in a sandy beach rich in sand dollars (and sometimes, American dollars). Also famous for its short-lived pre-Plymouth 1607 English colony and the cinematic classic Message In A Bottle, much of it filmed at Popham

Summer 1997:

FOUND: Probably close to $50 in quarters and smaller change, a few $1 bills, one $5 and one $20. These finds were spaced out over the course of a summer while The Shoegazer was employed at Canobie Lake Park in Salem, NH, tending the arcades. The Shoegazer also found many pairs of sunglasses, hats, stuffed animals and other prizes from crane machines, plus about a dozen tomogotchis – remember these? They were quite the fad in summer 1997. Note: I let them all die. Every last one

Fall 2002:

FOUND: $50 bill, lying flat on the ground near O’Brien’s in Allston, where The Shoegazer found $5 bill inside earlier this year. This 50 had actually been stepped on by a group of people slightly ahead of The Shoegazer, and even briefly got stuck to a shoe! But that shoe-wearer didn’t do enough gazing, and the bill tore free and awaited my arrival. It ended up in the till at Common Ground after I purchased several rounds of drinks.

Winter 2002:

FOUND: $100 bill, lying in about an inch of freshly fallen snow in the parking lot of The Shoegazer’s former employer in Manchester, NH. The Shoegazer was in financial straits at the time and was extremely grateful for this find, which paid for gas, food, and other expenses for a better part of a week.

Circa 2006:

FOUND: $20 bill, lying on the ground near the Somerville Journal offices near the Davis Square T stop entrance in Somerville. The Shoegazer was on his way to breakfast, which was significantly less expensive as a result.

Summer 2007:

FOUND: $20 bill, lying on the ground near the Ted Williams statue at Fenway Park on a rainy non-game night. The bill was soaking wet and accompanied The Shoegazer to the Baseball Tavern. If memory serves, The Shoegazer shared this find with a companion, whom he discovered later wasn’t very good at sharing.

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