Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Ever So Lucky - Thanks Paul
Sometimes Gary and I are ever so lucky. Yesterday we drove to the Tampa area to take some of my work to a gallery. Everyone calls the Tampa area, the bay area. When I first heard that I immediately thought of the San Francisco bay area, but now I know. The area we went to had a quaint brick lined alley and parking lot on the next street. I was driving because Gary doesn't like to drive in cities. Gary got out of the car to look for the exact location of the rear entrance while I drove around the block.
Gary had had his wallet out on the seat when we paid the tolls on the way down there. When Gary got out of the car his wallet dropped out and he didn't notice it and neither did I. After we got to the gallery and got my work unloaded and cataloged, he noticed his wallet was missing. He had $400 in cash, his social security card, a credit card, his VA card, and lots of other important information in there. We really could not afford to loose any money, let alone the hassle of possible identity theft.
As Gary left the gallery to go look for his wallet, I didn't figure there was a snowballs chance, in you know where, of getting his wallet back. I tried not to freak out, luckily I didn't, I guess I was just numb. Gary ran back to the alley where I had stopped the car and his wallet was gone of course.
As Gary walked along he looked in the gutters and dumpsters to see if he saw his discarded wallet. He went in four businesses and asked if anyone had turned in a wallet and no one had. Finally there was a cafe and he went in there and asked about his wallet. The clerk said yes a guy found it and just left but he put his phone number on the bulletin board over there. Gary got the number and then came back to the gallery to get the cell phone in our car. He called the guy and the guy agreed to meet Gary in five minutes in the same alley.
The guy rode up on his motorcycle with Gary's wallet and everything in it. The guy's name was Paul. I can't believe our luck, we are ever so lucky. Apparently there is a race horse named Ever so Lucky. If I was a betting person I'd place my bets today, because I'm feeling ever so lucky. Paul if you're reading this, you don't know how much getting that wallet back means to us. Paul wouldn't take a reward from Gary, but I plan to call Paul and send him a piece of pottery as a thank you.
Recent circumstances have really wiped both of us out and yesterday's potential loss just added fuel to the fire. Gary was worn out from the adrenalin racing through his blood stream. I have bruises everywhere it seems, but I'm slowly recovering from my fall (see previous post for the details). Photos are of more new pottery fresh out of the kiln. The top plate is a native Florida fern plate with a close up next. The others are native beautyberry leaf dishes from the last firing. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.