On a recent sunny afternoon, Dmitry Piterman, founder of the Dali17 museum in Monterey, strides toward the gate of Monterey Zoo, a nonprofit zoo on River Road outside of Salinas. Beside him is Charlie Sammut, the zoo’s founder.

Passing by a vending machine outside the gate, Piterman bends down and picks up a quarter off the ground

“Lucky quarter, man,” Piterman says as he hands it to Sammut.

“Most people find a penny, but he finds quarters,” Sammut says. “I think that’s the way it works.”

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