My Zen-Den rented a car. While either in the rental office or while driving the car, my Zen-Den’s black leather business card organizer wallet fell out of his computer bag. He did not know that this had happened.
This wallet holds about 40 plastic cards that my Zen-Den uses at hotels & airlines & car rental kiosks when he travels for work. Also, once upon a time my Zen-Den stuck a receipt for a car service visit in the back of this wallet.
[It would be at this point in the story that I could go off on a snarky tangent about paying attention to what's going on around you... don't adopt an absent-minded professor persona... zip the sides of you computer bag. But I won't.]
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Last Tuesday morning we received at the house an overnight package. On it was the oddest address label. The label said that Zen-Den in MI had sent Zen-Den in OH this package. I figured that it was work related, so I didn’t open it.
[I could have opened the package immediately but:
- It wasn't addressed to me, which technically means that I shouldn't open it-- like that's ever stopped me before; &
- I live in fear of anthrax dust because I've watched a gazillion times that NCIS episode where Tony gets the bubonic plague. Hey, don't judge. It could happen.]
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When my Zen-Den came home from work I handed him the package. He had no idea what was in it, so we both watched as he opened it. And there was his black leather business card organizer wallet.
There wasn’t a note in the package with the wallet, so we had no idea how the other Zen-Den came to have my Zen-Den’s black leather business card organizer wallet. There was only the address label with the other Zen-Den’s business address/phone number on it.
[Again, I could make a big issue of the fact that a stranger had information about my Z-D's vehicle and license plate number and credit card, but that would make me sound churlish, so I won't mention it here.]
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So the next day my Zen-Den phoned the other Zen-Den and they talked. Come to find out someone at the car rental company had found the wallet. When the car rental company went through their records, they found the other Zen-Den’s name/address & sent him my Zen-Den’s black leather business card organizer wallet.
The other Zen-Den knew that it wasn’t his, but he took the time to look through it where he discovered the car service receipt with our home address on it. Then, because he was a nice older gentleman, he just mailed it to my Zen-Den. No big deal. Just did something nice.
My Zen-Den offered to reimburse the other Zen-Den for the cost of mailing, but the other Zen-Den said not to worry about it. He had it covered.
And that, gentle readers, is how it came to be that my Zen-Den got his black leather business card organizer wallet back. Amazing, huh? Who’d have thought that there’d be two nice guys with the same name? Just glad that there are.