Archive for September, 2008

The Shoegazer suffers a minor setback

September 25, 2008

FOUND: 25 cents, in the form of a “state quarter”, minted between 1999 and 2008.  State unknown.  Normally, it is the policy of The Shoegazer to only blog about sums greater than $1, because who really wants to read a post about a guy pathetic enough to scoop up a dime off the ground?

Last week, The Shoegazer was making his way back to the car after walking around Harvard Square for a bit.  Eyes perpetually looking downward, a quarter came into view, lying on the ground at the foot of a parking meter pole.  There are common places for quarters to turn up, and they include laundromats, arcades, vending machines, bars, and yes, anywhere parking meters are present.

Of course, The Shoegazer should have just kept on gazin’, because after bending over to retrieve this quarter, The Shoegazer suddenly realized that the quarter wasn’t quite ready to come along.  You see, it was glued to the ground.  Every hero faces setbacks, and The Shoegazer falling victim to the glued coin trick is exactly that – a minor setback on the path to greatness.  A path lined by parking meters, and yes, the occasional glued quarter.

Location: A parking meter by Harvard University on Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA

Source: The Shoegazer’s nemesis, henceforth known as The Mad Gluer

Destination: Remains there, fooling other would-be Shoegazers

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FOUND: Chunk of Change

September 19, 2008

Found: One slightly damp US dollar, at the sold-out CD release party for Passion Pit’s appropriately titled debut EP “Chunk of Change”.  While this particular find was in bill form, the irony was not lost on me.

Location: This bill was folded in half, slightly damp and lying on the floor to the side of the stage at, where else, that purgatory of lost dollars, Great Scott in Allston, MA.  It was found at the end of the night, as the club was clearing out and the lights had been turned on.

Source: Considering it was found near the stage, where bands load and unload their gear, there’s a good chance this bill actually came from one of the members of Passion Pit.  And since their CD’s were selling like hotcakes, The Shoegazer doubts this bill will be missed.

Destination: When The Shoegazer next encounters a member of Passion Pit or its jovial manager, he will buy that person a drink with this dollar.  Or, more precisely, The Shoegazer will buy a drink and leave this dollar on the bar as a tip.  It’s up to Tim & co. to grab it before it ends up on the floor once again.

The Shoegazer’s Greatest Hits

September 17, 2008

I didn’t get the idea to start this blog until well after I had established the pattern of finding currency on the ground and abandoned in other ways. Because I didn’t have the foresight to start a blog years ago, despite a growing pattern, here’s a list of some of the posts you’ve all missed out on.

Circa 1987:

FOUND: $1 (bill), discovered washed up among the seaweed and seashells along the shore of Popham Beach, Maine. This bill likely floated out of a bather’s swimsuit pocket, and based on my age at the time, was probably spent on baseball cards.

Popham Beach, Maine (seen here looking toward Wood Island) - the convergence of two rivers (The Kennebec and The Morse) result in a sandy beach rich in sand dollars (and sometimes, American dollars).  Also famous for its short-lived pre-Plymouth 1607 English colony and the cinematic classic Message In A Bottle, much of it filmed at Popham
Popham Beach, Maine (seen here looking toward Wood Island) – the convergence of two rivers (The Kennebec and The Morse) result in a sandy beach rich in sand dollars (and sometimes, American dollars). Also famous for its short-lived pre-Plymouth 1607 English colony and the cinematic classic Message In A Bottle, much of it filmed at Popham

Summer 1997:

FOUND: Probably close to $50 in quarters and smaller change, a few $1 bills, one $5 and one $20. These finds were spaced out over the course of a summer while The Shoegazer was employed at Canobie Lake Park in Salem, NH, tending the arcades. The Shoegazer also found many pairs of sunglasses, hats, stuffed animals and other prizes from crane machines, plus about a dozen tomogotchis – remember these? They were quite the fad in summer 1997. Note: I let them all die. Every last one

Fall 2002:

FOUND: $50 bill, lying flat on the ground near O’Brien’s in Allston, where The Shoegazer found $5 bill inside earlier this year. This 50 had actually been stepped on by a group of people slightly ahead of The Shoegazer, and even briefly got stuck to a shoe! But that shoe-wearer didn’t do enough gazing, and the bill tore free and awaited my arrival. It ended up in the till at Common Ground after I purchased several rounds of drinks.

Winter 2002:

FOUND: $100 bill, lying in about an inch of freshly fallen snow in the parking lot of The Shoegazer’s former employer in Manchester, NH. The Shoegazer was in financial straits at the time and was extremely grateful for this find, which paid for gas, food, and other expenses for a better part of a week.

Circa 2006:

FOUND: $20 bill, lying on the ground near the Somerville Journal offices near the Davis Square T stop entrance in Somerville. The Shoegazer was on his way to breakfast, which was significantly less expensive as a result.

Summer 2007:

FOUND: $20 bill, lying on the ground near the Ted Williams statue at Fenway Park on a rainy non-game night. The bill was soaking wet and accompanied The Shoegazer to the Baseball Tavern. If memory serves, The Shoegazer shared this find with a companion, whom he discovered later wasn’t very good at sharing.

Found: At Great Scott (Not Constantinople)

September 6, 2008

Found: One Turkish passport, similar to the one in the photo.  Although there was no money involved in this find, it was such an unusual item to find on the ground at an Allston club night that I felt it was worth blogging about.

Where: The Pill, at Great Scott in Allston, MA.  If there’s a better place to find Turkish consular documents, I haven’t heard of it.

Source: A careless Turk would be my best guess

Destination: Was handed to Tim, the bartender in charge last night at the club.  So if you’re a Turk that’s short one passport, I’d start my search with him, before he clears customs in Istanbul.