Thursday, August 11, 2022

A Kindred Spirit in Absentia

Yesterday, I did what I do about once every three decades. I took the car over to the Car Wash: not to wash it this time, but to vacuum it. After thirty years or so, it does get a little dirty.

The first thing one does before inserting two loonies or one toonie is to remove the mats.

Digression: yes, we have 1 and 2 dollar coins in Canada, having eschewed paper currency for any denomination under $5 and yes we call them loonies and toonies. The $1 coin became known as the loonie because it bears the image of a loon, which is also very appropriate for a nation of loonie people. Being super imaginative folk, when the $2 coin came along, we called it the toonie. Frankly, I don't even know what image is on our toonie.

As I lay my mat down beside my vehicle, this ↓ is what I saw.

The first, lower, mat is mine. The other two are not mine.

I saw that a previous vacuumer had left her/his two mats.

My heart skipped a beat, for I was meeting – in absentia at least – a fellow forgetter.

Isn't that wonderful?

S/he may be even worse than I – poor soul – for. lo and behold, I did remember to pick mine up and take it back home.

13 comments:

Boud said...

I'm glad you explained the coins. I've heard the term loonie but was afraid to ask what it meant.

Barbara R. said...

Love hearing about your currency names! And who said Canadians didn't have a sense of humor! Good for you, remembering your mat. Maybe the other cleaner car person will remember and come back for hers.

DJan said...

I didn't know where the name loonie came from, thanks for that information. I do wish we only had loonies and toonies for our pockets. :-)

Debby said...

A fellow forgetter! I love it! You should start a group. Fellow forgetters could get together to commismerate. It wouldn't be hard to do. You'd promptly forget about the group, and no one would remember to show up to the meetings.

MARY G said...

It's a bear. The Queen with a bear behind.

Vicki Lane said...

Love the term loonie. And the Queen with a bear (?) beh8ind!

Anvilcloud said...

@Mary G, In which case, you need to be very careful about spelling bear.

Jenn Jilks said...

Well, a blessing in disguise!

RedPat said...

You would think they would have noticed the lack of mats when they drove away.

PipeTobacco said...

I knew of “loonies”, but had not know of the term “toonies”. I like that!!!!

The matts…… you could try power washing them at the car wash….. they then tend to look brand new. I probably do that once a year or year and a half…. when I get aggravated enough about them. 🙂

PipeTobacco

William Kendall said...

Yes, the bear. Unless it's one of those limited edition toonies.

Joanne Noragon said...

I know loonies; I used to work for an international vending machine company. No idea you've added the two dollar "toonie".

Margaret said...

I knew of loonies too, but not toonies. A forgetter of mats! That's a big item to forget. :)