So for those of you who read my post yesterday, first let me say thanks! (Especially to those who commented. I love comments and it also made me feel less foolish for what I did! If you didn't read yesterday, I would recommend reading this post first.)
As I am sure you can imagine, all today I have been thinking about my camera. Hoping, wishing, praying in the goodness of people. I had a meeting out of the office but needed to swing by the hotdog stand before I left at 1pm. As is often the case with days when I need to leave early, I was swamped. I didn't leave until 15 minutes after I wanted to, and even that was by no small miracle.
I drive the 7 minutes to the court house, turn the corner ... and she's there! But I'm on a one way and can't park.
So I circle back around. I'm stopped at a light on the corner where she is located. But still, I'm not allowed to park. Then, the car in front of me puts on his hazards. I decide, it's now or never. So I turn off my car, grab my keys (it is the city), though I did leave my purse, put on my hazards, and rush over to her. She has at least 6 people in line. I'm patiently waiting, but keep looking to make sure my car isn't ticketed/towed!! The guy who had stopped in front of me rolls down his window and lets me know he'll keep an eye out.
I have her ransom money in my hand (on more than one occasion I realize that since we are in the city this could be mistaken for a drug deal ... that would be my luck!)
As I'm waiting, I'm looking around the cart. I see no camera. My heart is dropping ... but I have to at least ask.
Finally there is a break in the line (or rather I just speak up). "Ma'am ... do you have my camera?" She looks at me and it is the moment of truth. She says...
"Of course I do. I had to leave yesterday but I kept it."
All my faith in humanity has been restored! She then lifts up the drawer from the cash box and pulls out my camera. My beautiful camera. I then hand her the roll of money. (D gave me a $5 last night to add to the $4 I had and the $2 E lent me ... ps. E if you're reading this, I'll pay you back!!!) She then says "no that's too much" which is a far cry from yesterday! I say it's ok, it's only 11 dollars (I had put the $5 on the outside of the roll so it did look a bit more impressive.) I then run to my car and call D as I drive away to my meeting.
Another coworker texted me later telling me that I "have proven that people are fundamentally good." I feel great. And I have my camera!
(Confession ... when I got in the car I did turn it on to make sure the battery/memory card was still there ... even I have to draw the naivete at some point!)