The Value of a Dollar

20150209_150907 (Resized)It may seem silly to some, but I was beyond excited when I saw this lunch pail at a local rummage sale last weekend. The price tag of $5 seemed too good to be true, but once I showed my true geek colors and gushed over this prized artifact, the owner agreed to sell it to me for $1.

Sure, it’s a lunch pail. And it’s rusted. And it’s dented. And it’s missing the Thermos mug. But to really understand why I got so excited about this, you have to understand a facet of my youth. See, I grew up with Indiana Jones. I was five in 1984 when the movie came out. The Temple of Doom was the first Indiana Jones movie I ever saw, and that was because my neighbor was kind enough to invite me over to watch it on his television. The movie franchise and the character of Indiana Jones are ingrained in my childhood with everything from the old SNES and N64 games (which I have), the Indiana Jones Adventure ride at Disneyland, The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles television series, to the movies that helped ignite my imagination and my desire to write adventure stories.

I nearly squealed like a schoolgirl when I first saw this lunch box – which in fact looks like it came out of the Temple of Doom. But for a buck, it was as if I had been offered a sparkling ruby for the last four dirty quarters in my pocket.

It just goes to show that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.


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