I lost my umbrella over the weekend. It was a very sad moment, stepping off the subway, the doors closing behind me and realizing it was still sitting on my seat. I turned back, wondering if it was possible to get back on, but subways have a schedule and the doors rarely stay open for more than a few seconds. I watched it ride away, and I like to think that some poor old woman found it and was able to stay dry in the rain.
On the way back to MCPC, I boarded the subway once again and was surprised to see a bag underneath the seat I chose to sit in. I picked it up and peaked inside. All I saw were some papers and a cell phone charger along with a pair of glasses in their case. Relating to the bag owner because of my recent umbrella loss, I took the bag with me when I exited and carried it back to MCPC. I looked through some of the papers, trying to find a name or phone number. There were multiple addresses, probably a work address and home address, some bank information including a check book, a pay stub (from a production company, which I particularly noticed being a film major myself) and finally a phone number. I called him, explained that I had found his bag. He was so surprised, and said he would be on Broad Street in 20 minutes to pick it up. Apparently his car had been broken into earlier that day outside of work, and that bag was one of the items stolen! I guess the robber left the bag on the subway once he realized there wasn’t much to sell inside. Still, the man was very thankful I had contacted him and also seemed extremely surprised that he had his bag back. I made a new contact at a production company in Philadelphia and will hopefully ask him sometime about life after college in the film industry. It’s funny what opportunities you can find to meet new people and make connections in the city!