Archive for April, 2009

FOUND: Limahl’s Net Worth

April 26, 2009

Found:  Last Thursday, The Shoegazer headed off to Common Ground in Allston with 2 goals in mind: dancing to some 80’s music, and shoegazing over by the bar.  The bar is quickly becoming the Great Scott of, well, down the street, with frequent finds turning up near the bar.  After a few songs on the dance floor and a few instances of serving as a wing man, it was time for The Shoegazer to quench his thirst, and while doing so, spotted an unknown bill lying unclaimed on the floor nearby.  A quick shimmy to the left, a quick reach downward, and The Shoegazer picked up enough for a free beer – a folded in half $5 bill.

It should be noted that “NeverEnding Story” by Limahl was playing while this fiver was found.  For those unfamiliar with the work, it more or less comprised the solo career of former Kajagoogooo vocalist Christoper Hamill – and yes, it was the title track from the craptacular 80’s movie of same name.

Location:  This bill was lying on the floor near the bar at Common Ground (Harvard Ave, Allston, MA).  More specifically, it was on the floor at approximately the point where the first group of beer taps are located.

Source:  Most likely someone who couldn’t be bothered to put their change back into a pocket or wallet in an effort to make it back to the dancefloor for the nugget of Limahl awesomeness.

Destination:  It would be great if I could tell you that this $5 bill went to the purchase of 6 or 7 gently used VHS copies of “The NeverEnding Story”, but the truth is that this fiver was coughed up the following morning at 1369 Coffee House in Central Square, Cambridge. 

five bucks will get you an awful lot of copies of this gem

five bucks will get you an awful lot of copies of this gem

FOUND: Just A Bill

April 18, 2009

Found:  It still amazes me how rarely some people look down.  Occasionally The Shoegazer’s mission is a challenging one, requiring a keen eye and a fast grab.  In this case, however, shoegazing was more akin to shooting fish in a barrel.  With many onlookers seemingly staring in the very direction of the quarry, The Shoegazer plucked a worn $5 bill from the middle of a floor in a crowded room.  And since this blog isn’t yet popular enough to account for passive spectators admiring The Shoegazer’s craft, it must be assumed that the average person just doesn’t look at the ground very often.  It must be a sad existence for such folks – never finding lost money, constantly stepping in gum, dog poop and other pitfalls that the average shoegazer avoids.

Location:  This worn fiver was lying flat on the ground, in the middle of the floor of the mezzanine bar at the Middle East downstairs, with many onlookers present.

Source:  Likely one of the many onlookers, and definitely a fan of local music, as the show in question was the semi-final round of the 31st annual Rock & Roll Rumble, featuring outstanding performances from such bands as The Luxury and Destruct-A-Thon.

Destination:  The Shoegazer purchased a small “5 Hour Energy” bottle, which sustained him through the night despite not getting enough sleep the night before.  The “energy” lasted long enough to take the picture below, featuring local music photographer JustBill in a rare appearance on the other side of the camera.  The Shoegazer can’t quite explain the photo bombing ear plug.

view the (much higher quality) photography of JustBill at www.justbill.net

view the (much higher quality) photography of JustBill at http://www.justbill.net

FOUND: Big Bucks, No Whammies

April 15, 2009

Found:  The Shoegazer had a long Tuesday.  After working a full day at his new place of employment, he hopped in the shoegazermobile and headed off to anchor the evening shift on the radio.  Needless to say, come 10pm it was time for a drink.  Realizing that a favorite watering hole would likely be quiet due to the fact that it’s Tuesday, The Shoegazer ventured to Deep Ellum in Allston.  Although this relaxed beer bar had never coughed up money before, The Shoegazer had barely sat down on an unoccupied bar stool when he noticed something underneath it – a crisp, neatly folded $1 bill

Location: This bill turned up under a bar stool near the front door at Deep Ellum, a bar located on Cambridge Street in Allston, MA.

Source: Most likely whoever had last sat at the open bar stool, and someone who may or may not have holes in their pockets.

Destination: After having its picture taken with the local comedian seen below, the dollar went home with The Shoegazer, and remained in his possession into the following evening.  The local comedian, by the way, is currently in the running for Rooftop Comedy’s college competition, and is also shamelessly soliciting votes here: http://tinyurl.com/dcqj2d

"vote for me, and i'll give you one of these!" - erika storm wasser

"vote for me, and i'll give you one of these!" - erika storm wasser

Follow The Shoegazer on Twitter

April 15, 2009

Now you can keep tabs on The Shoegazer as he chronicles barroom finds, daily happenings and attempts to get beyond the “Bad Golfer” status on Cursebird.  As a result of joining twitter before everyone’s grandmother and HR manager, The Shoegazer was able to secure his handle on Twitter as well – to follow Herr Shoegazer, simply add theshoegazer to your following list.

introducing twitter, another way for your worst enemies to keep tabs on you

introducing twitter, another way for your worst enemies to keep tabs on you

So why do they call you The Shoegazer?

April 12, 2009

A look into the statistics of this blog indicate that many fans of shoegaze music wind up here, thinking they’re going to find news and mp3’s of great bands like Slowdive, Jesus & Mary Chain, Swervedriver and more.  Surely mentioning those band names will spruce up the google hits.  But the nickname is quite simple – in order to find money and other random items on the ground, one must look down – gaze at one’s shoes, if you will.  So you see, it’s really just a coincidence that I’m a big fan of bands like Lush, Moose, Adorable and My Bloody Valentine.

It seems, however, that there are other ways to look downward and find money.  Case in point – the individual below, spotted by The Shoegazer at a recent house party with more than $100 sticking out of the top of her dress.  You may notice that this is not a “FOUND” entry, which means that The Shoegazer recovered no actual cash.   These bills presumably remain with their source, who appeared to be having a great time.

got money? flaunt it!

got money? flaunt it!