Archive for October, 2009

FOUND: An Offering From A Scofflaw?

October 26, 2009

Found: Seeing as it’s probably one of the last days of the year where The Shoegazer can make the approximately 2-mile walk to work without donning his entire wardrobe of ski attire, it was a perfect autumn day to detour to the 1369 Coffeehouse for a little pre-work refreshment.  While walking down the 1-block long Temple Street in Central Square, The Shoegazer spied something crumpled on the ground near a delivery truck – a $1 bill, that had just been stepped over by another pedestrian.  Just goes to show what you’re missing out on by not looking down.

Location: This dollar was found crumpled up on a brick sidewalk along Temple Street, a one-block street that runs from Mass Ave to Bishop Allen Drive.

Source: The dollar was found near an illegally parked-half on the sidewalk delivery box truck – it’s quite possible this wrinkled dollar was in the pocket of the truck’s driver, who was not on the scene.  Incidentally, the fine for a no stopping violation in Cambridge is $30, so losing a single dollar probably seems like a pretty good deal – so long as the meter maid didn’t pass by 2 minutes after The Shoegazer.

Destination: This dollar spent the least time in the possession of The Shoegazer as any he’s found yet.  It would be nice to say the dollar was held onto and spent at the Bishop Allen/Throw Me The Statue show at the Middle East downstairs on 10/27, but the fact is this dollar was spent less than 5 minutes later around the corner at the 1369 Coffeehouse, where The Shoegazer’s mocha slide was $1 cheaper as a result.

a cheap camera phone making a lone dollar seem even smaller

a cheap camera phone making a lone dollar seem even smaller

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FOUND: A Small Bill for a Large Endowment

October 5, 2009

Found:  After hitting up a couple of rock shows, The Shoegazer decided to spend the waning moments of his Friday night at The Pill in Allston.  A favorite place to dance and have a drink, Great Scott is also the source of many past Shoegazer posts, as the bar’s cash-only, no-tabs policy means lots of opportunities for dollar bills to slip free.

Sure, other things occasionally turn up on the floor of Great Scott too – fake money, beer bottles, Turkish passports, Great Scott patrons – but this past Friday, The Shoegazer found something he’s seen many times on the floor (a $1 bill) sitting beside something he’s never seen on Great Scott’s (or any bar’s) floor – a sealed Magnum condom.  The dollar was standard size – about 6 inches long, but the condom appeared to be the largest size ever spied by The Shoegazer, and appeared ready to handle things much longer than 6 inches.

Location:  The dollar and condom were found together near the end of the bar at Great Scott, close to the coat racks.

Source:  The Shoegazer doubts the two items came from the same source – the shiny wrapper of the condom was spotted before the dollar turned up.  While the endowment of one is no longer in question, the loss of a single dollar unlikely affects the endowment of the other.

Destination:  While The Shoegazer would like to say he rejected the giant condom because it was too small, the truth is The Shoegazer left it behind because, well, who uses a condom they find on the ground?  Picking up dropped money is one thing, but most of what The Shoegazer spies on the ground, he is happy to leave there.  The dollar was spent the following day as a tip for a very oversized drink at the open bar of The Shoegazer’s first Russian/Chinese wedding.

a dollar bill is six inches long.  that's one mighty large condom!

a dollar bill is six inches long. that's one mighty large condom!