Friday, April 9, 2010

Although the weather was pretty nice this weekend, things seemed to go pretty quickly. On Saturday Meg and I attended a class that lasted most of the day. It was good for us, but we were pretty wiped out after it. On Sunday Henry was feeling very poor (he had a fever) and so we didn't get much done at all. Better luck next weekend, I hope!

1,400 quarters rounded up three Canadians, one Bermuda 25¢ and one US dime.

600 dimes turned up one silver Rosie (1961D).

280 nickels had four Canadians and one Bahamas 5¢.

5,850 pennies yielded thirty Wheats, fifty-four Canadians, one Ireland 1 pence (1996), one Barbados 1¢, three US dimes and one US nickel. The Wheats were:

1926, 1940, 1944(4), 1945S, 1946(3), 1946S, 1951, 1952(2), 1952D(2), 1953D, 1955, 1955D, 1956, 1956D(3), 1957(2), 1957D(2), 1958, 1958D(2)

On Sunday I finished reading, In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex, by Nathaniel Philbrick. The book concerns the main inspiration for Herman Melville's Moby Dick. The Essex left Nantucket in 1819 and was struck and sunk by a whale deep in the Pacific in 1820. All crew members survived the sinking and attempted to sail to South America on three small row boats. Their journey caused them to suffer weeks of starvation. In the end only five members of the crew were picked up two separate ships close to the South American shore. (Three other crew members who chose to wait it out on a small nearly water-less island also survived.) The story of the Essex and it's crew became very well known, especially since the survivors resorted to cannibalism. Philbrick's account relies heavily on two survivor narratives that were written, one of which was only recently rediscovered. Like his other book I've read enjoyed this book a lot. Philbrick has a very easy style of reading that makes his books hard to put down.

Found: 2 pennies (1 at Home Depot, 1 at Burger King)