Sunday, June 10, 2007

I'd Rather Be Lucky

My Grandpa Terry has been known to say, "I'd rather be lucky than good." Most often he is referring to how he amazingly dodged taking the Queen of Spades in a game of Hearts.

My friend Abi, posted recently on her blog about how lucky she has been lately. I was reminded of my unheard of luck on our recent trip. This would be out-of-this-world, luckier than winning the HGTV Dream Home luck.

We parked our car in the SeaWorld parking lot with thousands of other cars last Monday morning. I took a bit of cash out of my purse to carry in my pocket and then tucked the black leather Coach bag under a pillow on the floor of the front seat. We unloaded kids and the stroller and took off for an all-day adventure at the park.

Upon returning to our car about ten hours later, we were shocked to notice one of the car windows had been left rolled completely down. In addition we noticed the car had not been locked.

My purse with hundreds of dollars in vacation cash, not to mention an assortment of credit cards and ID, was in the front seat along with the spare set of car keys. We had a variety of travel elctronics including a laptop, a portable DVD player, iPods, and more inside the readily accessible car. Amazingly, all of it had been left untouched.

As we exited the parking lot still shaking our heads in disbelief, I smiled as I read the SeaWorld Parking Receipt: "SeaWorld is not responsible for loss or damage to vehicles or their contents."

Grandpa has never been heard to say, "I'd rather be lucky than stupid," but apparently we were both!


  1. Boy, were you lucky. Those claims adjusters just don't want to pay those claims, you know! As a Claims Aduster for over 30 yrs. I know ! Joanne PS. Check out my Blog re "Stormy Weather"

  2. Oh my! That's almost unbelievable!

    (And I must admit I'm a bit jealous. Sea World is one of my favorite places to visit. Glad you had a good time and you were lucky to boot!)

  3. WOW! Faith restoring I'd say.

  4. Joanne,

    I didn't even think of it before, but I bet this type of story makes your skin crawl!

  5. Compulsive-

    It is unbeliveable isn't it. But absolutely true. As dumb as it makes us look...

  6. b. -
    You are so right. Can you imagine how that would have put a big rain cloud over our vacation? We were definitely blessed (not just lucky).

  7. I am a bit unlucky lately. I am sure I would have never seen my car again, and suffered from identity theft for the next 30 years.
    Lucky You!

  8. Man! You win - you're the luckiest! Thanks for the shout-out, but you've definitely got my $25 black jack winnings beat :)

  9. Christine,

    You are reminding me of how lucky we really were. However, as you'll see in today's blog I might not have missed the car too much. Though Joanne tells me my insurance claim would have been denied and then, yes, I'd be missing that!

  10. Abi-

    I still think winning a $25 jackpot is pretty cool.

  11. Sheesh - that WAS lucky. That's happened to me before as well, and I just got down on my knees and prayed to the power that be for keeping an eye on us that day.

    I got goosebumps thinking about that... a potential holiday breaker - I was a bit shaky the remainder of the day with my incident.

  12. Close one. Glad it turned out alright.

  13. lol

    glad it all turned out well


  14. OzLady,

    It is good to remember these times of luck to counter blanace the times of not-so-lucky.

  15. Jennifer and Karoline -
    It could not have turned out better for us than it did. Thanks!


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