Monday, July 26, 2010

ONE MAN’S TREASURE IS ANOTHER MAN’S…….

aluminum-foil
The problem with mid-life blogging is that after you’ve been doing it for a few years you forget what you’ve already written.  Or at least I forget.  So stop me if I’ve already told you this one…..

Several years ago, I was hired by a local bank as a Notary Public.   The bank’s policy for non-payment of rental for the safe deposit boxes was to hire a locksmith to drill the boxes open and a non-employee Notary to witness the contents of the box.
 
Stop and think for just a moment how exciting this could be.  The possibilities are endless.   What would be in the next box?  Or the next one?  Of course I was young and inexperienced in the ways of the world.  I didn’t give any thought to the reality that said if one couldn’t afford the box rental, the odds that one would forfeit whatever treasure might have been kept in the box was unlikely.  Most of the boxes were empty.  There were a few that held some legal papers.  No diamonds, no letters filled with dirty, little family secrets, no gold bars, no stocks, bonds or guns.


However there was one box………..

The unit was drilled, the top lifted and inside we found something wrapped in aluminum foil.  Yes, that’s right.  ALUMINUM FOIL.  All crinkled and tightly wrapped around what appeared to be an oblong object.

Now this was the excitement I was counting on when I took the job.  Whatever could be inside the shiny wrappings?  The two bank employees, the locksmith and I held our collective breathes as the foil was carefully opened to reveal ……………………………………….…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… A BAKED POTATO!

What the …..?

Oh of course we had to pick it apart.  Did some crazy nut case hide a huge gem inside the potato?  Did a double-agent use the potato to plant his micro-film?


Nope.  It was just a potato.  Who does that? And why?  To this day, I still think of that stupid potato and wonder……

What do you think?

25 comments:

Deb said...

That's very, very strange. Now you have me wondering!

Snappy Di said...

I think the box owner just wanted to mess with your head... LOL

Di

Brian Miller said...

that is hilarious! practical joker all the way...

Midlife Jobhunter said...

"The problem with mid-life blogging is that after you’ve been doing it for a few years you forget what you’ve already written."

That's okay. As a mid-life blog reader, I often forget what I've read.

midlifeslices said...

Haha....apparently it was a very special baked potato. Maybe John Lennon left it on his plate or maybe you didn't examine it well enough and it had the image of the Mother Mary on the outside......or maybe everyone else is right and this person had a great sense of humor. I know it make me smile. :)

Arkansas Patti said...

Was it that one shaped like the face of Madonna? Maybe lack of moisture shrunk its features.
Now you have me thinking about what I could put in a safety deposit box to become a puzzle when I'm gone. Hummmm

only a movie said...

WOW. That is weird.
And look at you? Blogging twice in one week. That's so cool.

xo

otin said...

You sure that you were not just working at Wendys?? haha

Beth Niquette said...

Hey girl! So nice to see this blog entry from you! I laughed and laughed over that potato. (grin)

What a thing--what on earth? lol And the mystery continues.

Jason, as himself said...

That's just insanity talking. There are some seriously crazy people out there!

~sWaMpY~ said...

What a great place to Carb-o-HIDE-drate it.
You just can't make this $hi+ up, can you ?
FYI: There's a contest going on at my place that's right up your alley.

Heather said...

My first thought was a hungry kid, scared to not get another meal, but that got washed away when I remembered you have to pay to keep those going.

Other than that my mind is just giggling!

tera said...

Probably some old coot millionaire potato king that told his rotten greedy kids their inheritance would be in his safe deposit box...!

That would have been priceless to see :)

Tony Letts said...

So it was you who killed our first space alien from the Potato planet

Heather said...

I just wanted to let you know that the URL's of my blogs have changed.
www.welchhappenings.blogspot.com
www.nanasnature.blogspot.com

Kate said...

I just stumbled across your blog. I love it! I'm going to poke around, I promise to put everything back where I found it!

tulpen said...

That's hysterical. I'll be thinking about that stupid potato all evening.

JOE TODD said...

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Reader Wil said...

Very curious! Perhaps there was cocaine in it!! Anyway it's a very interesting story! thanks for your visit.

JeanMac said...

That's got me thinking! Maybe a prankster.

Oz Girl said...

Leave it to Joe to leave the craziest comments, LMAO....

I'm thinking this was some kind of famous potato, in disguise no doubt. Whether it sat on John Lennon's plate once upon a time, or had the image of Rod Stewart upon it, you guys simply overlooked its obvious value.

Right?? I mean, don't you even wonder to this day?

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Oz Girl said...

As I read this, I thought, yep, she's blogged about this before. Then as I was reading the comments from everyone else, I was shocked to find MY comment in there. Ohhhhhh, ok, I see I read this before and I seriously forgot that I even commented.

Does mid-life suck or what??!

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