Thursday, March 6, 2014

Were They Irish, I Wonder?

Have you ever thought about the concept of "LUCK"?

First a definition is in order. According to one of Wikipedia's definitions, "Luck is "a purposeless, unpredictable and uncontrollable force that shapes events favorably or unfavorably for an individual, group or cause"".

Yeah; I'll buy that. In general.

To some folks luck is finding a twenty dollar bill in a Cracker Barrel parking lot. To others, its finding $28,000 in their backyard.

Must. Be. Nice. I don't even have the $20 kind of luck.

And then, the $28k is only face value; in total they maybe worth Ten Million Dollars. Now that is luck with a capital L.

These coins may have been buried as much as 100 years ago. Who ever buried them either forgot about them or died before he could reclaim them. No matter when they were buried they were a fortune. A large fortune at some points; somewhat smaller at others.

And talk about luck; how would you like to be related to the folks who buried- and then lost- this fortune?

There has been a lot of speculation about by whom and why these coins were buried. Personally, it think they were buried in 1933; when FDR was in the gold confiscation business. I can see someone burying their life savings instead of turning it over to the government. I guess they figured it would only be a couple of years before the country came to its senses. No such luck; it took until 1974 before a US Citizen could legally own gold not in his teeth or wedding band.

By 1974 our alleged hoarder was probably long dead, or at the least senile, and the location of the gold was forgotten.

Until some folks stumbling around their backyard hit a jackpot.

All I ever stumble over in my backyard is sports ball of one sort or another and bikes.

It seems I have been forced into a different definition of Luck than some other folks.

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