Archive for December, 2009

FOUND: Shoegaze At Jumbo’s

December 21, 2009

Found:  The date was Saturday, December 19, and The Shoegazer decided he might as well get cracking on that holiday shopping.  After being chased away from more populated areas (Harvard & Porter Squares) by traffic, The Shoegazer wound up in his old haunt, Ball Square, hunting for a particular gift.  A heavy snowstorm was predicted to being in a few hours, so everywhere The Shoegazer went, it was a frenzy.  After leaving the intended store empty-handed, it was time to walk back to the car, parked a few blocks away due to the heavy traffic in the area.  While walking in front of a row of restaurants in Ball Square, The Shoegazer caught a glimpse of a familiar item lying on the sidewalk – a wrinkled $1 bill, lying by a fire hydrant in front of the new “Eat At Jumbo’s” restaurant.

Location:  This dollar bill was, as described above, found next to a fire hydrant in front of the “Eat At Jumbo’s” restaurant in Ball Square, Somerville.

Source:  A likely guess would be someone who had recently eaten at Jumbo’s.   As Jumbo (named for the famous circus elephant) is the mascot of nearby Tufts University, this new establishment’s targeted clientele is Tufts students.

Destination:  $1 richer, The Shoegazer did not “Eat At Jumbo’s”, despite the sign beckoning him to do so.  Instead, this dollar went into his pocket and came out a few hours later at PA’s Lounge in Union Square.  It was the venue’s holiday party, featuring performances by Tony The Bookie, Pants Yell! and Wallcreeper.  The mysterious “PA’s Secret Brew” was on the house, and the Jumbo’s dollar went to the bartender as a tip.

Jumbo The Elephant, who only shoegazed peanuts, and also did not patronize Eat At Jumbo's, as he was too large to fit through the door.


FOUND: Bones In the Wooden Spoon Section (guest shoegaze)

December 3, 2009

DJ Kitten War is a friend of The Shoegazer.  She’s a fan of bowling, knitting, good food, good music and maybe most notable – kittens.  She regularly shares the daily “battles” in her Kitten Wars calendar, where one is forced to choose between two cute, cuddly kittens.  Spoiler alert: the one with the prop or the cutesy pose usually wins.

Here is DJ Kitten War’s description of her lucky find, in her own words.  Enjoy.

Found:  Because I hate malls and don’t want to procrastinate until December 20th like I did last year, I’ve been trying to get my Christmas shopping done during my lunch breaks at the stores near where I work.  Today, I decided to check out the Crate and Barrel down the street from my office on Boylston to get my parents out of the way.  I was checking out the kitchen gadgets and debating if they really needed an egg separator or some fancy dipping oils when I saw by my feet some money.  I stealthily picked it up and saw it was a slightly folded $5 bill.  I was quick to send a picture of it to The Shoegazer, though I’m pretty sure he was disappointed it was a picture of found money and not one of a cute kitten.

Location:  The Crate and Barrel on Boylston St, in the wooden spoon section.

Source:  I’m guessing it was one of the yuppie moms shopping for kitchen goods or one of the other regular joes shopping on their lunch break.

Destination:  It’s still chilling in my wallet for the time being, but will probably be spent on the burrito I’m planning on buying from Bolocco for lunch tomorrow.

DJ Kitten War resisted the urge to spend this on the readily available array of wooden spoons.