Congratulations on reaching Jumanji, level 10. It’s the beginning of what some call “spooky season”, culminating in Halloween at the end of the month. Hopefully, now that we’re in October, things begin to cool the fuck off. I’m way over all the heat. Thankfully, the 100°+ days are gone, now we need to bid adieu to the 90s. I could deal with temps in the 60s or 70s. Like today in Wichita, Kansas, where my daughter now lives, today’s high was forecasted to be 66°, as opposed to Hurricane, Utah’s 95°. The more I look at the weather forecast, the longer the 90°+ weather seems to drag out😫.

Over the last 20 years or so, I’ve been attempting to make a collection of coins. I’m not a real serious collector, as I don’t go out of my way to find the ultra-rare 1909-S VDB pennies, though I did buy a set of 1943 steel pennies off of eBay once. As I come across different coins I lack, I put them into coin folders. Hopefully, after these national park quarters finish next year, there won’t be another blasted commemorative series. Even more difficult is the fact that I’m trying to complete five sets—one for me, and one for each of my kids.

I’ve found that some coins are really hard to find, while others seem to be in abundance. One example is coins from 2009. Because the country was deep in the midst of the “Great Recession”, fewer coins were made that year than in others. Occasionally, in the midst of the change I come across, I’ll find a silver dime or quarter, or one of the pre-1959 “wheat back” pennies. Those are a treat to find. There are, however, two coins that I consider myself fortunate for having encountered. One night, working a gas station graveyard shift, a teenager comes in and buys a couple of bags of chips. He shows me two coins and asks if we accept them. Examining the coins, I told him that we did. The coins he spent? They’re called Silver Eagles. The value stamped on the coins is $1—that’s what the kid spent them as, and which I purchased them from the cash drawer. Silver Eagles are one-ounce pure silver coins. In other words, this kid probably snagged his parents’ silver coins to buy chips. As of today, 10/01/20, silver is worth a little over $23 an ounce. That means that I have over $45 in metal that I bought for $2. Not too shabby, I’d say. If I were to ever take all my coins and cash them in (I have had to spend my quarters and start over again a couple of times, unfortunately), I’d have a little hunk of cash should the need ever arise, heaven forbid.

Here is your quote for today to finish things off:

“All I ask is the chance to prove that money can’t make me happy.”

Spike Milligan

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