Archive for February, 2009

FOUND: The True Meaning of Presidents Day

February 13, 2009

Found: On the 200th birthday of Abraham Lincoln, The Shoegazer set out to the bars in hopes of finding Mr. Lincoln or perhaps a founding father on the ground along the way. What The Shoegazer somehow forgot is that the portrait of Mr. Lincoln is also featured on the penny, and for most of the night, that’s the only thing spotted on the floor. Things started to look up at TT the Bear’s, when The Shoegazer plucked a drink ticket off the floor. After leaving TT’s, it was off to ZuZu, around the corner, for one last beer before heading off into the night. And there, under the bar stools, lay the printed image of a founding father – not the 16th president unfortunately, but The Shoegazer is always more than happy to see the first president too.

Location: The one-dollar bill was found under a bar stool, close to closing time, at ZuZu on Mass. Ave. in Cambrige, MA.

Source: Where this single came from was anyone’s guess. It’s the all too familiar tale of someone not watching their pockets after a bar transaction.

Destination: After getting its picture taken (see below) with Paul from the band This Car Up, the dollar went into The Shoegazer’s pocket and relinquished on the afternoon of Friday the 13th.

The unlucky date has a history of being particularly unlucky to The Shoegazermobile – on previous Fridays the 13th, your faithful narrator has fallen victim to everything from parking tickets to having his side-view mirror taken off by someone’s fat ass in a Whole Foods parking lot. This year, it was a recurring overheating problem that plagued The Shoegazer, and the found dollar helped purchase a new jug of coolant with which to regulate The Shoegazermobile’s engine temperature.

paul from this car up, with one-dollar bill. catch this car up playing a benefit show at o'briens on february 22nd

paul from this car up, with one-dollar bill. catch this car up playing a benefit show at o'briens on february 22nd

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FOUND: The Littlest iPod

February 12, 2009

Found: While The Shoegazer has long been a finder of ground and floor money, other items of value are harder to come by. Over the years, a handful of passports have been found, most recently a Turkish one on the dance floor at Great Scott. And back in 1997 or so, The Shoegazer found a then-cutting-edge-technology flip phone on the ground at the Paradise following the infmaous “Drew Bledsoe Show”, an Everclear gig punctuated by stage-diving drunken NFL stars.

Twelve years later, The Shoegazer has once again found some 1997 cuttting edge technology on a barroom floor – a small white and silver iPod shuffle (redundant? aren’t all iPod shuffles small?). The headphones remain at large. With a retail price (new) of between $50 and $70, this marks The Shoegazer’s largest monetary find since the inception of this blog.

Location: This device was found under a bar stool in the front bar of McGreevy’s, a baseball-themed Irish bar in Boston (imagine that). Until venturing inside on the evening of February 11, 2009, McGreevy’s had been known to The Shoegazer merely as “that place next to the Pour House”.

Source: Somebody with a small record collection, as this bad boy doesn’t hold a whole lot of songs.

Destination: With a 60 gig iPod already at home and the sneaking suspicion that this iPod’s owner might come looking for it, The Shoegazer turned this device over to the bartenders at McGreevy’s. Whether it went into the lost & found or went home with one of the bartenders is unknown.

"i get ipod, he get ipod mini. everyone know it for girls!" - borat sagdiyev

"i get ipod, he get ipod mini. everyone know it for girls!" - borat sagdiyev

Meet “The Human Floor”

February 8, 2009

humanfloor

While The Shoegazer picks up money off the floors of bars and sidewalks, this guy took it one step further.  As the winner of the WFNX Sandbox Carnival of Yahoos, The Human Floor not only laid on a bed of nails with people jumping on top of him, but he allowed the audience to staple-gun money to his body.  If the picture is a little blurry, that’s Misters Washington, Lincoln and Jackson stapled to his face – $26, in addition to dollar bills stapled to his nipples and rear end.  Oh yeah, and for letting people do this to him, The Human Floor took first prize in the Carnival of  Yahoos – $1000 cash.  Well earned, The Shoegazer might add.

FOUND: The Shoegazer’s Big Weekend

February 1, 2009

Found: Things are looking up for the guy who always looks down.  The Shoegazer had his best weekend ever since creating this blog over a year ago, coming away with $40 off the floors of two local bars.   The first $20 bill was found on that hardwood-floored ATM machine that is Great Scott’s bar shortly before last call.  Below a bar stool laid a crisp twenty waiting for the nonchalant grab of The Shoegazer. 

The second $20 bill marks the first time a bar in Jamaica Plain has offered up cash to The Shoegazer.  Your humble narrator and a fan were enjoying a late dinner and a few pints at James’ Gate on South Street in JP, when The Shoegazer spotted his second $20 bill in less than 24 hours lying on the floor below an unoccupied barstool.  It was quickly given a temporary home in The Shoegazer’s right pants pocket. 

Later in the evening, even more money was spotted on the floor at a third bar, Jeannie Johnston’s (also on South Street in JP), but was unable to retrieve the cash before an amateur shoegazer (or perhaps the source of said cash) scooped it up first.

Location: The first $20 was found at Great Scott, no surprises there.  The second was, as mentioned above, below an unoccupied barstool at James’ Gate in Jamaica Plain.

Source: Both of these bills appears to have wiggled free from the pocket or purse of bar patrons who had left the scene prior to The Shoegazer’s discovery.

Destination: Prior to the discovery of the Great Scott twenty, bartender and blog reader Tim asked if I had found anything, and sadly most of the night my reply was “nothing yet”.  So when it was time to spend the lucky find on a round of drinks prior to last call, Tim instantly knew where the cash for the drinks had come from.  In a sad turn of events, one of the drinks purchased with the twenty was spilled before a single sip was taken – easy come, easy go.

The second twenty spent the night in The Shoegazer’s pocket and was finally turned over to employees of Lanes & Games in Cambridge, MA, where The Shoegazer rolled three games of adequate, but not excellent, bowling.