The Money’s on the Road

March 30, 2015


When I say that the money is on the road, I mean that quite literally!  On March 8th, I was en route to Victoria, BC for a feature at the Victoria Folk Music Society night.  I had taken the ferry over from the mainland, and walked from there to Sydney for an afternoon jam with some lovely people before the show.

I was strolling down the highway, just off the bike lane, and what do I see sticking out of the grass?  A $1 Monopoly money denomination……

Now I have have walked many a highway in Canada now, and have come across some funny things laying on the road, but this was a first.

I simply observed it and carried on thinking, “That’s kind of funny.”  Makes you wonder why one bill would be sitting there, or what scenario could have happened to lead to a single Monopoly dollar lying in the grass.

As I wandered forth about another 400 meters, I came across another one….directly in my path that I actually had to step over.  Weird…..another 3-400m away, I come across another one!!  This time, it was $5.  WHAT?!

This trend continued to carry on, so I started picking them up.  They weren’t crinkled, bent, folded, or torn…simply perfect condition for most of them.  Another funny thing…the denominations started increasing!!  They went up to $10, and then $20…Pretty good sign I thought!

Overall, I collected about 21 of these, and initially passed by several others on my way.  There was a deep ditch off to the side of the highway, were other “items” had collected, and I kept my eye open for the fake currency, but none were to be found that far down.  SO WEIRD!!  It literally felt like they were being placed directly in my path.

I got an idea in my head for the show that night – It came to me that it would be fun to write messages on the back of these, and include them in my cd’s, that way, people would get something extra and positive – kind of like a fortune cookie!

As I came to my turn off into Sydney, no more bills appeared, however, something really special capped it all off.  After turning the corner, I came onto a quiet residential street, thinking, “Wouldn’t it be crazy if the Monopoly money train kept going here…”  All of a sudden, what came zooming through the air was a beautiful humming bird!  It stopped relatively close to me, hung out for a moment, and then sped off on its merry way.

Not many people are aware of this, but hummingbirds have quite a unique significance in my family, particularly as a symbol of my late father.  What a cool sequence of events!  It’s amazing to me have the simple act of walking down a road can perk curiosity, bring the thrill of adventure, and round out in something sentimentally impactful.  Made my day, and felt like confirmation of my idea to put messages in my cd’s.

So, from now on, if you pick up a cd from me at a show, expect a little extra something special with it.  Now you’ll know where it came from ;).

Mr. Bard


One Response to “The Money’s on the Road”

  1. Judy Says:

    Wonderful story, Michael…made my day, too…especially since I read it right after talking to you!
    Looking forward to seeing my first hummingbird of the season.
    Love, Mom

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