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April 3, 2010

On Saint Patrick’s Day morning, I was thinking about my ignorance of the saint being commemorated, and how it would be nice to learn more since I’ve heard some interesting tidbits about him. How the Irish Saved Civilization popped into my head as a good place to start.

We were visiting my sister Davy and her husband Caleb at the time, and in the evening the four of us went to a local coffee and book shop to hear some Irish music. In the history section, what book do you think was featured on the shelf? I looked up Saint Patrick in the index, turned to page 100-something, and started reading. A couple pages later, I came upon this note:

This was the first step down a trail which led me and my companions to eight books about castles, aviation, pigboats, catholicism, and novels by Stephen King and John Grisham. The clues were arranged so that we had to bounce between the front and back of the coffee shop an embarrassing number of times!

The final note to “Dear Random Person, [From] Random Person” was accompanied by a $5 Walmart giftcard, and a note which indicated the clues has been in place since 2/25/2010, or nearly a month.

A real treasure hunt! A dream come true! Thanks, Random Person!

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. April 3, 2010 7:07 pm

    Sweet! Maybe this act should be perpetuated.
    I highly recommend Cahill’s book…I actually have it if you want to borrow it.

  2. Stephanie G. permalink
    April 3, 2010 8:17 pm

    How FUN! Happy Easter, Mellings!

  3. FRank Martens permalink
    April 4, 2010 12:41 am

    whoa! How awesome is that?!

  4. April 4, 2010 5:44 pm

    now, that is SOOOOO fun! And you found it! Crazy!

  5. Sarah Chestnutt permalink
    April 5, 2010 7:09 am

    Jess, OF COURSE this happened to you guys! I love it!!! We just went to the St. Patrick Center (www.saintpatrickcentre.com) last Monday when Deborah was visiting. Was fascinating! March 17th is thought to be a Catholic holiday here by the Protestants but is funny because Patrick was neither Catholic nor Protestant as he came way to early for that. He was a radical guy who went through some hard times after having an easy life and God took a’hold of his heart, sending him back to Ireland to the pagans with the Gospel where he had been slave and grew in closeness to Jesus. He is buried in Downpatrick where the center is, about 40 minutes down the road from where we live. Anyways, loved your post and your adventure! Miss my Jess’s wonderful humor and lovely smile each morning! đŸ™‚ love, Sarah

  6. PinonCoffee permalink
    April 6, 2010 7:40 pm

    Yay! I love it!

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