As the dryers spin round with people's clothing inside, Kirby sits on a wooden stool by the cash register and listens for the tell-tale sound of change forgotten in a pocket. Tickity-tick, tickity tick. Any money left behind in the dryer belongs to Kirby. And this is what he saves.
At home, Kirby feeds the coins into a small change bank with "Happy Days" written on it. As he does this, Kirby thinks of the Happy Days to come. His sailboat will be long and white. He will name it: Lady Suzanna, after his late mother.
Whenever the Happy Days bank is full, Kirby pours the money into empty detergent jugs he gets from the shop. There are many bottles clustered together in his living room. But not enough. Not yet.
During the long afternoons at Splish Splash, when the air is warm and smells of dryer sheets, Kirby reads the newspaper. He likes to come across odd stories. There are many unexpected things happening in the world.
Will Kirby Newsom ever buy himself a sailboat using forgotten change? Stranger things have happened.