My luckiest day...maybe?

Dirt_Dad

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I don't consider myself a lucky person, but yesterday may have been the peak of my luck.

Since getting rid of the top case I've been putting my wallet in different locations when pumping gas. Formerly I'd put the wallet in the top case while pumping. Kept it safe and I didn't have to think about it.

Thinking I didn't want to just leave it sitting on my seat behind me as I attended to entering zip code and what ever other info the pump required, I stashed it under my sheep skin. I always put the receipt in my wallet when done, so didn't want to go through the hassle of putting it back in the side pocket of my riding pants.

Got distracted when done pumping. Not thinking, rode off.

About 23 miles later stood up for a while to stretch my legs. A mile or two after that decided to feel my pocket for that reassuring feeling of the wallet being where it is expected...it wasn't. Feel more...nope, really not there. Quick feel under the sheep skin...nope. $#%! all the thoughts of the hassle that will come my way, cancelling credit cards, getting new ID and so much more #@!!~!!. #@!& *#@!!

Pulled over, felt/looked under the sheep skin, then under the beaded seat cover...nope. Then I noticed this...



What are the odds of that...very remote. Probably should have bought a lottery ticket.
 

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The real truth is if you ride behind Dirt Dad, you find things. I can’t remember if it was glasses or something else we found in the middle of the road. :cool::p
 

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Yeah, good point. On that ride you would have found glasses. About an hour later eemsreno found my top case. I guess I do tend to shed weight as I ride.

Technically speaking, this is the second time my wallet made a break for freedom. It was also in the case Steve watched me drop on the trail.
 

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Glad that worked out good for you DD
I have a story of a dropped wallet.
I was on a trip to Yellowstone with three other guys before I was married.
We stopped at a place to get food and take it out to our bikes to eat. As we sat around on the ground eating I noticed my good friend had set his checkbook and wallet on his alternator cover.
About 150 miles down the road another great friend whispered to me "look what I found next to Russ's bike where we ate." He showed my a checkbook, I said great did you pick up his wallet also?
Russ had to ride back all that way and someone had turned it in at the eating place.
We got lucky that time too.

One more story?
In 2015 when the three of us rode to Alaska.
Before we left home we had some riders meetings, I told them guys whatever you do put everything back in the exact same spot every time and never lay your wallet down ,at all times put it back in the same pocket if it's not in your hand.
We stopped to eat at a Tim Hortons and after we ate Matt and I walked up to dump or trash and put up our trays. Matt says " look there's a wallet on that tray by the trash" I said that's Joeys wallet.
We got lucky on that one also.
 

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Very lucky!

Time to ditch the wallet and get a Ridge clip.... In and outta the pocket. No need to leave your stuff laying around.
 
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Steve - that's too many wallet stories. I'm starting to see you are a common denominator with wallet issues. Can't tie you to yesterday's episode, but don't leave town. :)

My wife heard the story and I don't know what a ridgid clip is, but she's got ideas on how both of us will ride without wallets and with much less risk. I don't have a leg to stand on to argue with her. Yes, dear.
 

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I think DM's idea is we leave most stuff at home and only take the essentials. Carrying a smaller wallet with everything means I can still lose it all in one shot.
 

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Glad you didn't lose the wallet. That's never fun.

I never take my wallet out for gas stops. A gas card and credit card live with an old ID in the sleeve pocket of my Klim jacket, and in an outside pocket on my mesh jacket. You can get just about as many cards for a single account as you want. I have 5 chevron cards, for example. I pull in, remove nothing, take the card folder out of my outside pocket, swipe, punch zip code in, replace card in card holder and pocket, zip or snap pocket closed, then pull the pump nozzle and fill the tank. If it's a Texaco or Chevron, I use the Chevron card, everything else the Visa or Amex I carry. I do NOT swap the card holder back and forth between jackets, each jacket has it's own set. One has an old OR driver's license, the other an old MS license. No National Parks person has ever questioned the IDs on the somewhat rare occasions when they want to see ID with the Parks Pass. Wife just got her lifetime pass and I'm former military, (noted on my current MS license), so we'll see how things go when we start using her pass for both of us.

Decades ago when I was in the Marines, they sold these cool camouflage ballistic nylon wallets at the PX. Like a lot of young Marines, I got one. One day in So Cal I borrowed a friends Panhead chopper for the day and after stopping for gas, took off down a nice canyon road lined with brown/green grass. At about 60 mph, I felt something odd change in the back pocket region of my jeans and looked back just in time to see my camo wallet bouncing dynamically down the road behind me and into the grass on the shoulder. You don't stop a '52 Pan with mechanical drum brakes only on the rear and nada on the front very fast. Got back to where I thought it hit the grass and spent the next two hours looking before I found it. In one of my very few times in my life I have ever littered, I took the contents out of the wallet and thru it back into the grass. Next day I was sporting a leather trucker wallet on a stouter than original chain. Still have that wallet somewhere in a box.
 

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My problem is my keys. I’ve left them in the ignition countless times. I used to put them in my front pocket with the fob draped over.
Till, on a cross country trip, they fell out in Badlands Nat’l Park. Luckily I hadn’t walked that far, but I was sweating out finding them because I had neglected to bring spares. Never again. Now they get put away in a secure pocket. Of course, this doesn’t mean I won’t find something else to forget or lose track of.
 

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big nightmare losing wallet , what a pain in the ass .
I have found wallets in bath rooms at least 3 times in life , have turned them in to the clerk etc. hopefully clerk etc was honest type and gave or contacted the owner . I try to never lay it down while a transaction is under way ,even at a gas pump . we do so much the same way all the time its easy to get distracted . DD , nice wallet by the way . so glad you didn't loose it.
 

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I left my UNLOCKED iphone in a shopping cart at walmart the other night. I drove about 3 miles and noticed it and hauled ass back. Somebody had turned it in. There's a glimmer of hope.
 
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