Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Wheels of the Bus

On Sunday Meg taught Henry his latest trick. He can now do the "Wheels of the Bus" move. The move is very cute and also could be used as a dance move. His way of doing it is a bit haphazard, but he's definitely trying and he has fun doing it. Like the clapping action he learned a few weeks ago, he does his wheels bit at random points throughout the day. We are both very proud of this feat.

I continued my 2009 coin roll hunting last night. I'm still working on my 2008 CRH total review, and so I won't be updating my lifetime CRH chart until all of the totals are corrected.

Last night I searched 500 dimes, but they didn't produce anything.

I also looked through 4,120 nickels and in them I found two War Times (1943P, 1945S) and six Canadians. In the batch was one key date Jefferson, the 1950.

1,050 pennies yieled two Wheats (1953D, 1954D) and eight Canadians.

My best find of the day came from the rejects of the coin counting machine. A woman was cashing in a big load of Starbucks tips and let me buy her two rejected coins for 35¢. One of the coins was a silver Rosie (1963D) and the other was a proof quarter (1985S). The proof quarter is my first clad one and only my second proof quarter ever (I found a silver 2002S Indiana quarter in rejects last year)!

This morning I finished reading a book I started last week, Caliban's Shore: The Wreck of the Grosvenor and the Strange Fate of Her Survivors by Stephen Taylor. I read it quickly as I enjoyed it quite a bit. The book covers the shipwreck of the Grosvenor, a British trading vessel of the late 1700's, on the eastern coast of South Africa. Of the 125 people who made it to shore only thirteen were eventually rescued. Most of the people died on the long walk south to the Dutch settlements. The story received much fame in Britain because the passengers included several wealthy women who were rumored to be captured and enslaved by the local tribesmen. Taylor based his telling of the story of the story on several interrogation transcripts of the survivors and on a lost and later found survivor memoir. To supplement these sketchy sources Taylor devotes about 50 pages to the introduction of the crew and passengers and another 100 pages at the end reflecting on the lives of the survivors and the mythology of the tale itself.

Found: 4 pennies (at Papa Gino's), 1 nickel (at Sovereign Bank), 1 dime (at Papa Gino's)


James (UK) said...

Nice one buying the coins. Out of nosiness, did you see how much the total of the tips was? Do you think it was a weekly "cash-up" or all of 2008's tips?

See if you can get Henry to do the other favourite; "Head, and shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes!"

It's one of my faves... ;-)

kestrelia said...

We'll try that one soon with him. He also does, "How big is Henry?" ... "this big" - with his arms out. It is not as easy to discern as the wheels of the bus.

I'm pretty sure it was the weekly tips as there were seven bags of change. None were that big. There was also about $200-$300 in ones. The only "number" I remember was that by far the most of any denomination was pennies.

Also, I have no idea why the machine rejected the proof quarter. It weighs the same as any other quater and is composed of the same material.