Day 219 – The Accidental Gift

We are going camping!  Today we are headed out on our first camping trip of the year.  We drive to Pescadero.  A very small town with some real California treasure in it.  We pull into the Pescadero Store.  I have no cash and so I ask Theresa to give me some in case they won’t take my card.  She gives me a 20 dollar bill.  I have been told about this deli and I would like to get some goodies….including their famous artichoke bread and a deli sandwich.  I walk in…place and order for a pesto chicken sandwich.  As my sandwich is being made Theresa and a sleepy Darwin come in…I guess he woke up.  I order a sandwich for her, and we grab some other things.  They have a picnic table out in the back yard so we decide to picnic here before heading to our campsite.  I reach into my wallet and grab 3 singles and place them in the tip jar.  We go eat.  After lunch I get in my wallet and am shocked.  There is no 20 dollar bill!  Just a single.  WTF?!  I search frantically through all of my pockets.  No dice.  I….I……I think I gave it to the sandwich folks as a tip.  OMG.  After talking with Theresa, I go straight to the ATM and get 20 bucks for her (paying her back)…and decide that the 20 tip is a rare gift and I am going to let it ride.  After all how weird would it be to go back and ask for it back….and really I am quite embarrassed.  So there is my first accidental gift.  Money to burn.  Sigh.

Basically this painting is a representation of my error.  Sometimes I just don’t pay attention well enough as to what the heck I am doing.  I know….I am not 15 anymore.  And it has been a really long time since I lost any money.  But darn it.  I am glad that it went to a tip jar instead of just somewhere along the roadside.  That makes me feel a little bit better.  I hope they enjoyed it.  Take care.


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