Bunker Hill Madness
All this media stuff has been a blast. Last night Rich and me went to the Boston Herald to have our picture taken. I asked Brendan Lynch, the reporter, to reveal in his story that we left $100 up on the Bunker Hill Monument. He went for it! So around 10 p.m. I trekked over to Charlestown, then climbed those steps up to the monument. The spotlights gave me enough light to pick a spot, the leg of museum style-display (see the pic). I had to wait for some dude walking his dog to make my move though. I could tell he was wondering what I was up to. (This job is fun, but I find myself lurking a lot, which comes naturally.)
Fast forward to 2 a.m. I checked the Herald web site and saw that the story was posted. A good read, if I say so myself. But I almost lost it when I read the third paragraph: “Today, for example, you can find an envelope with five twenties in it — $100 — near the base of the Bunker Hill Monument in Charlestown.” I realized I only put $20 in the envelope! Force of habit. I raced out of the apartment, withdrew five twenties from the ATM and tried to hail a cab. I jogged five blocks before snagging one. I knew I had a potential disater on my hands.
When we arrived, I told the cabbie, Antonio, to keep the meter running. God knows what he thought I was gonna do up there, as I raced out of the cab with a bunch of cash and duct tape. I told him I was “meeting someone.” The spotlights were off now, so it was pretty dark. Right away I saw the original envelope was gone! Someone must have randomly seen it and scooped it. Good thing I DIDN’T put $100 in there! With it being dark, I told myself that wouldn’t happen again. I put the envelope in the same exact spot.
On the ride home, I told Antonio to pick up a copy of today’s Herald. When I woke up this morning, I listened to a voice mail from Scott, one of the two finders. The message was from 5:52 a.m., when they’d just found it. He was pumped, and I could gear Derek cheering in the background. $100 made a difference–nobody ever called me over $20. I played it for Rich, and he loved it. They seemed like two great guys, and it was awesome to make someone’s day like that.
UPDATE From DHizzle: Did these guys leave one of the twenties behind? I found an envelope with the Plenty sticker on it while walking up at Bunks. It was taped to the leg of an informational sign with black duct tape. Or is there an imposter in your midst? ENJOY IT, DHizzle!