While at work I received an unexpected phone call form an insurance agent asking if I was still looking for rings. He then begins to tell me that he has a client who has lost a 3.4 carat diamond ring valued at $50,000 dollars and if I would be interested in looking for it, I think I said “yes”. He put me in contact with his client and we arranged to meet that afternoon.
By the time 3 pm rolled around the weather had gone from sunny and 60 to raining and 50 degrees. Unfortunately I had left the house without even a jacket. A quick stop at the store and I had a jacket off the clearance rack, a rain suit, and umbrella. I met the owner at the soccer complex, with umbrellas in hand we went out to where she was at two nights ago. After hearing her story I was confident it was lost on the complex and fairly confident nobody had simply picked it up.
She went on her way and I got geared up to begin the search. The rain came and went but the temperature continued to drop. I started my search along the sidewalk but stopped after about 30 feet. With roughly 500 feet of sidewalk, a couple hundred sq ft of soccer field, and only a few hours to hunt. I opted to concentrate around the soccer field where I figured she probably dropped it. By the time I finished looking around the soccer field, my shoes and gloves were soaked and I was chilled to the bone. I decided to warm up a bit and started covering the sidewalk on my way back to the car, deciding to skip the last field because there was a poor group of 10 year old girls playing in that miserable weather.
Looking out into the chilly haze I thought about giving it up for the evening. Then my phone rang it was Joe, I had invited him to come along for the hunt. He was all geared up and would be there in a couple of minutes…..great. His enthusiasm would curtail after a couple hours in this miserable weather. He started hunting the opposite side of the sidewalk on his way out back out to the soccer field, while I drove and hit up another clearance rack for a warmer shirt and dry socks. We hunted another 2 hours, with his enthusiasm chilled we decided to quit for the evening.
I knew the last chance would be the following evening (Friday), on the weekend there would be a thousand people at these fields. I started with the sidewalk again covering the little bit of area I skipped the night before. Not more than 100 feet and 15 minutes, I had a good signal…. pulled back the grass and saw the shiny item I was searching for. I immediately called the owner and let her know that I found something she might be interested in and made arrangements the following day to return it. I then placed a call to the insurance company, I’m not sure which one was happier.