Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Easy Come, Easy Go, & Family Craziness

Calories eaten yesterday: 1316
Fat: 29g (21%)
Carbs: 80g (26%)
Protein: 169g (53%)
Weight this morning: 127.2
Calories burned in exercise today: 175

Not much to report today except a weird incident that happened as I walked to the train station. I walked down Fruitvale as usual, absorbed in the music on my iPod and my own thoughts when I suddenly came up a bunch of money! I don't know how much it was but there were 20s, 5s, and 1s - I'd say $75-80. I didn't see anyone immediately around. The wind was blowing and I knew it would scatter the bills so they had to have just been dropped. I picked everything up and stuffed the bills in my backpack.

I spotted a guy walking down the street who had been close enough to me that the money might be his. I tailed him, lost him at one point, then found him coming out of a store. I walked up to him and asked him if he had dropped something several blocks back (not stating that it was money). He checked his pockets and finally pulled out his wallet and said yes, he had had more money in it. The two bills remaining in his wallet looked crumpled, just like the one I had found. I told him I had found his money, pulled it from my pack, and gave it to him. He was grateful to get it back.

It's too bad I found him because I could have used the money, but I wouldn't be able to live with myself if I kept it.

No exercise today. I was able to sleep in and then did an hour of walking (30 minutes to the train and 30 minutes from the train to work). I stopped at Starbucks and downloaded the New American Standard Bible from Amazon Kindle to my iPod. :)

I hope to make it to the gym tomorrow.

Now for family stuff. I've been in contact with Dad, my sister April, and Mom working out my transportation to and from Seattle and trying to get Dad's permission to sell his van. It's been crazy and it's not over yet.

I'll post my itinerary when I finally get it nailed down and say whether Dad will sell the van. I think I finally wore him down today. All I know for sure right now is I am flying to Seattle the afternoon of Thursday, August 27. I will not have computer access at all during the time I am gone.

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4 comments:

Anonymous said...

You will be blessed for your honesty.

a snotty little brat said...

...or maybe God intended you to find that drug money and spend it wisely.

word verification: verterk

Pendell said...

"It's too bad I found him because I could have used the money, but I wouldn't be able to live with myself if I kept it."

Well done. Your father who has cattle on a thousand hills will notice, and will not forget.

I could not condemn you if you kept the money -- after all, it was just there in the middle of the street -- but it was definitely a better thing to find the owner and track him down. Going above and beyond the minimum required effort is something God notices. Again, well done.

Respectfully,

Brian P.

Carol Bardelli said...

You passed the "What would Jesus do?" test on the money. Remember the widow who gave her last coin versus the elders who gave a little of their wealth. In her need, her giving was greater in His eyes.