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Sidewalk of Penny

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Today I was walking downtown and I saw a shiny penny on the sidewalk. As luck would have it, it was “heads up”. I leaned down to pick it up. As I reached out my thumb fell off. No big deal. I used my first, (pointer) finger and middle finger to pick up my thumb. Just as I got my fingers around my thumb, my pinky fell off. Still, no big deal, I stacked the pinky on my thumb and started to… my ring finger fell off. I went to stack my thumb on the pinky onto the ring finger… dang it! My hand fell off.

Thank goodness I have another arm that still has a hand… my other hand fell off. Talk about frustrating! I thought I could pick up my hands with my wrist stumps, but then my arms fell off. As I stood there wondering what I was going to do my entire view suddenly changed.

My legs came off and I lay on the sidewalk like a fish out of water, except with less flipping and flailing, ’cause I could still breathe.

It’s amazing how many people will step right over you. It’s like no one wants to stop and help a guy when he “goes to pieces”. I think I even heard a woman say, as she went out of her way to walk around me, “disgusting”… like it’s my fault.

Eventually I was able to “pull myself together”. Afterwards, as I was able to stand up again, I noticed the penny still lying on the sidewalk. I contemplated whether or not I should try to pick up the penny. Was it this coin that led me to “lose it” or a mere coincidence? Who am I to play fortune teller?

I reached down and picked up the penny. In my hand I looked at it as it rest in my palm.

Turns out it wasn’t a penny, but instead a smooched M&M.

To hell with it all.

Egg On!

Ramblin’ Rooster

—Riddle Me Rooster—

The answer to last week’s riddle is “silence”. Congratulations Scott on having the winning answer. You will receive a ten year supply of trash sacks, (a.k.a. plastic grocery bags).

Tonight’s riddle:

Why do sharks swim in salt water?

Submit you’re answer as a comment for the chance to win fabulous make-believe prizes and come back next Sunday for the answer. Good luck!


Written by Ramblin' Rooster

January 18, 2010 at 5:45 am

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  1. Thanks for the fabulous prize; I plan to make pants out of them! I loved your story, and I’m still trying to decipher its metaphorical meaning. Would you rather it had been a Reece’s Pieces or something?

    I also will only pick up a penny if its head’s up. And did you ever hear ‘Penny on the Floor’ by The Clarks? The only good band to ever come out of Pittsburgh.

    The riddle….hmmm. Is it because of the buoyancy thing? Or because they can’t survive in fresh water? Or is it because the feed off the tears of the innocent? I’m not feeling good about any of those. I’ll be back if I think of something better.

    Scott Oglesby

    January 23, 2010 at 9:23 am

  2. They swim in salt water because they can’t walk. Unless they’re in Vegas. I am concerned about your body parts falling off.

    Claire Collins

    January 25, 2010 at 4:20 am

    • Claire Collins, I’d love to hear more ’bout you and the “Vegas Sharks”. You know what they say, “That which falls off can always been strapped back on”. Wait… that came off wrong. So glad to have you back.

      Ramblin' Rooster

      January 25, 2010 at 5:36 am

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