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the Ghosts and FDR

 At Readercon the subject of ghosts came up -- I'd given a lecture about New Ghosts in fiction, as advertised herein, where Paul diFilippo and others were in attendance -- and Paul told me about the underground or at least unofficial mania (that's not the right word, what is?) regarding the dead and FDR dimes.  It's going around that if you think of a dead person dear to you, or wish you could talk again to such a person, and if in the next minutes or maybe longer you come upon a dime -- specifically, an FDR dime -- not in your pocket or in change but, frinstance, on the street -- that is in fact a communication from the dead person.  What is being communicated is not specified.  Why a dime is not made clear.  It just IS SO.

Since that time, I have found myself coming upon FDR dimes constantly.  On the floor of my house, in the street, in public places, in other people's houses.  Maybe seven in the last week. I very probably only noticed the many occurrences because I had been alerted that there was something interesting about a lost dime.

I do not believe that the dead are trying to reach me, but I am given to think, and what I think is this.  There is no coin easier to lose than a dime.  It's the smallest and thinnest and slickest.  I have probably been coming upon dimes a lot in the last years without actually noticing that this was a common occurrence; certainly I never thought to connect one instance with another. And if I had reason to be thinking of dead people often in those years, which i mostly didn't, then my thoughts would now and then coincide with a dime.

Very reasonable.  And yet I rather like the idea of FDR, on the other side, given the job of distributing his own face in order to comfort mourners, or warn the guilty, or whatever.  And of course he's on the dime because the March of Dimes was begun in his honor, a collection for Infantile Paralysis (polio) help and research.  So it's not just a coin. 

Human life on earth and beyond.  Oh my.


Jul. 20th, 2010 01:15 am (UTC)
Actually, it's a ghost trying to reach you only if you encounter the FDR dime and a "23" at roughly the same time....

-- Michael S.
Jul. 20th, 2010 01:19 am (UTC)
Oh -- the 23 thing -- what is that again? I must try harder to keep up...
Jul. 20th, 2010 11:16 pm (UTC)
All -- or possibly more than -- you ever wanted to know about the 23 thing (except for the "skidoo" part): 23 enigma - Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/23_enigma). Happy Moon Day!

Say, Crowley, are you the sort to check for and set aside "state quarters"? (Nowadays it's states, territories, commonwealths, DC, and even a couple national parks (http://americabeautifulquarters.com/america-the-beautiful-quarters-release-schedule/).) Just wondering.

-- Michael S.