Thursday, July 21, 2011

This is about runners!

This morning as I was leaving for work I couldn't find my wallet.  Now that's strange because every time I come home I'm very careful to put it on the counter right next to the door.

I looked all over the house, in the pants I was wearing yesterday, on my dresser.  Even in the dresser drawers (thinking I might have knocked it off the top and it fell into a drawer).  Checked in my car.  Looked everywhere I could think of.  No luck.  So I headed out to work, trying to remember when I last had it.  The best I could remember, the last time I had it was when I filled up for gas at Sheetz on my way home yesterday evening.  I remembered my daughter calling me as I was filling up with gas and I was fumbling around with the phone, the gas pump handle and . . . yes . . . my wallet.  I remember putting it on the roof of my car! 

Oh  Crap!!

When I got to Sheetz I ask if anyone had turned in a wallet and the lady checked and said they hadn't.  So I decided to walk up the median of the highway to see if I could see my wallet . . . it had to have fallen off the rooftop fairly soon as I got up to speed.

I walked for maybe 1/3 mile.  Nothing.

I tried to remember everything I had in my wallet.  I was carring a little more cash then normal, my debit card and my credit card, driver's license, bank access card, and a bunch of other things that didn't really matter all that much.  All gone!

To relieve the pain of the loss some, I did find a $20 bill!!  Certainly not compensation for my loss, but it did ease the pain a little!

A little further down I spotted a $1 bill.  Then . . .another $20.  Guess I had my bad luck yesterday, but someone else had had some bad luck too!  I knew I would be okay with my loss and I hoped whoever lost this would also be okay.  These are tough time for so many people.

Further down the road I saw the sleeve that a NC Hunting / Fishing license comes with.  Looked inside but nothing.  Odd.  Very Odd!  Saw nothing else and went maybe 1 mile.  So I crossed the lanes and headed back towards my car.  Went maybe 1/4 mile and I saw another $1 bill.  Then, I saw an REI membership card . . . with my name on it!

So probably all the money had been mine anyway!  Little further I saw my Sam's Club card.  Then my VISA!!  Thank goodness!  And soon there was my debit card!  But that was it.  Nothing else . . . and no wallet!  So I decided to walk back again . . . I had to have missed the wallet itself!

Going back on the median I did find my fishing license, Food Lion MVP card and a few other things.  But no wallet.

So I headed back towards my car.  On my way back a car pulled over near me.  The driver asked me if I was looking for something and I told him I was looking for my wallet.  He asked where I was from and I told him Littleton, NC.  He smiled a big smile and told me he had been jogging yesterday evening and had found my wallet!  What are the chances!  I am so lucky!

So this was about running after all!  I followed him back to his house (about 4-5 miles away!) and got my wallet back!  YESSSSS!  There are a lot of honest people in the world . .. but this was a runner and I'm sure he would have spent a lot of time trying to find me.  Runners would do that.  Not everyone else would!

What a nice guy!  He and I talked some and it seems his daughter goes the the daycare center near there and he and his buddy run there often.  I told him about the Rocky Mount Endurance Club . . . I hope he will join the group! 

Thank you Ronell  Edmondson!


  1. That's a great story! What a relief to find most of the contents and the wallet itself thanks to a fellow runner.

    Last week, I drove away with a to-go box of leftover macaroni and cheese on the roof of my car. I wonder if a runner found that.

  2. My faith in humanity is partially restored! ;-) Great story.

  3. Great story. Happy for you.

    In college one night a bunch of us were driving and found a purse with $200 plus dollars in it. My friends debated how to split it up. I saw the watress receipt pad and a ring also in the purse and painted a picture in my mind that had me argue to turn the purse into the police. I won. I never heard what happened but I assume some woman had her faith in humanity restored. And I felt all warm and fuzzy.

  4. Wow. Amazing story. I feel good about the World today.

  5. You know just when you start to wonder if there are any good and decent people left in the world...

    Thanks for sharing this story! It’s been my experience that outdoor enthusiasts (i.e. Backpackers, trail runners, climbers, etc.) are generally some of the most considerate people around.Great post!

  6. That is a great, great story. Like the other commenters, my feelings about our world are a little better today after reading it!

  7. I felt a smile creeping to my face over and over while reading that.

    What a nice feeling. Good for you. Remembering all those cards and making all those calls is a pain. Glad you avoided it.

    I hope your savior finds this post!

  8. that is amazing . I ;ost my wallet at a gas station one time. Left it on the roof. Two days later i got a call from the post office in Selma. Someone had put it in the mailbox. Cash was gone but everything else was there.


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World's Slowest Runner . . . well, at least in contention for the honor. Just your average "below average" runner.