What’s In Your Wallet?

When Samuel L. challenges me with that question, I feel like one of the patrons held hostage in the Pulp Fiction diner. I start to sweat and throw myself face down on the floor. He terrifies me.

Most of the time Samuel L. isn’t purring in my ear, so I ignore this question and don’t give a thought to what’s in my wallet.

Until I lost it.


Traveling breaks your normal routine and that’s when mishaps occur. You oversleep and miss a train connection. Drive your rental car the wrong way down a one-way street. Or lose your wallet because you leave it in a shopping cart.

I was provisioning for a weekend away and in the hub-a-lub of packing the cooler, I somehow left my wallet in the shopping cart when I stowed it back in the corral. Duh. I realized my flub when I stopped ¾ of the way to my destination to buy a cup of coffee and couldn’t find it.

I considered returning home to search for it, but it would be way too late to hit the road again. I knew my friends would lend me cash to get through the weekend, so I continued on. But the reel that kept playing in my head was, “Monday is going to suck because I’m going to have to try to figure out what I lost, cancel cards, get a new license, why am I so stupid, who can I blame…”

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I pulled over three times and re-searched the car. I called the supermarket; the manager checked the carts but came up empty. Then I called home. A Good Samaritan found it and left a message on my machine. My daughter said she’d pick it up. Thank you…thank you…thank you!

Disaster averted. This time. I’ve taken a precautionary step should I find myself in this predicament once again. I took everything out of my wallet and photocopied my cards – front and back. I dated it and put it in a file marked “When Stupid Things Happen to Smart People”. I also stashed a bit of cash in a hidey spot in the car. Sometimes the best defense is a good offense. Bring it on, Samuel L.; I think it’s time for a Royale with cheese.


3 thoughts on “What’s In Your Wallet?

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  2. So glad everything turned out ok. It’s funny how we never think to do these things until something happens. Going to photocopy my items right now. I’m sure the next time I watch that commercial I’ll think of this post! 🙂

    • It was one of those things I meant to do and just kept putting off. The amount of time it would take to recreate the contents from memory compared to the time it takes to copy the stuff is wildly disproportionate. So glad you found the info useful!

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