Archive for March, 2011

FOUND: I’m Not Rich!

March 22, 2011

Found: While The Shoegazer still hasn’t gotten all the details of the “I’m Rich” incident, the world continues to turn, and dollar bills continue to be dropped by unsuspecting people. And while the bar staff that cleans up Great Scott at the end of the night would be happy to find some money on the ground, it was The Shoegazer who spotted and retrieved the crumpled $1 bill mere seconds after entering the venue last Friday, March 18.

Location: This dollar bill was under a bar stool toward the rear of the venue (from the stage’s perspective). If you walked from the entrance to the bar, this dollar would lie along your most direct route. The venue, of course, is the always-fertile Great Scott in Allston, MA.

Source: As is the case with most Great Scott money drops, this bill was already on the floor when spotted by The Shoegazer, and as such could have come from just about anyone. A bill of this small denomination is unlikely to be missed.

Destination: This is another find that was spent within sight of where it was found – it was quickly turned over to the bar where it went toward the purchase of a mug of Pretty Things Jack D’or, The Shoegazer’s recent beer of choice at Great Scott.

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FOUND: “I’m Rich!” (guest shoegaze)

March 18, 2011

Here’s a link to the Boston Phoenix story about this bizarre incident: http://thephoenix.com/BLOGS/phlog/archive/2011/03/17/random-acts-of-wtf-quot-i-m-rich-quot-guy.aspx

Found: About $100 in singles, thrown about in a Boston area Starbucks store on the afternoon of Thursday, March 17. Since it happens to be St. Patrick’s day, it’s possible the source of this money, who made himself very known, was having a little luck o’ the Irish. Either way, an unknown man, possibly named Richard, entered the Starbucks yelling “I’m Rich!” and throwing singles around. He then exited to spread his good cheer elsewhere.

Location: These bills were strewn about the Starbucks franchise as it was full of customers. Most of the bills wound up on the floor, though a few got stuck in the ceiling tiles and remain there.

Source: Unlike most money found by The Shoegazer, the source of this $100 or so was present and very visible at the time of his dropping this money. Witnesses believed he may have been Somalian or east African, and possibly with the first name of Richard, as he reportedly shouted “I’m Rich!” before and during his random money toss.  Or perhaps he is the one and only Nigerian prince, here to pay back the generous Americans who have helped him with past banking issues.

Destination: Although Starbucks employees work hard and probably don’t make a ton of money, they rounded up most of these bills and plan to donate them to the Japan relief effort.

FOUND: Fat Wallet Tuesday

March 9, 2011

Found:  Frequent shoegaze setting Great Scott and Cambridge venue TT the Bear’s have quite a bit in common.  They’re similar in size and capacity and both feature mostly live music, with Great Scott holding a weekly dance night on Fridays (The Pill) and TT’s having one on Saturdays (Heroes).  Despite similar demographics of their crowds, Great Scott has been historically fertile for finding wayward cash on the ground, while TT’s has only coughed up a handful of singles in the 15 years since my first visit in 1996.  Great Scott’s cash-only policy certainly results in more transactions (and thus more opportunities for dropping money), but TT’s has a $15 minimum on tabs and many elect to pay for drinks with cash there as well.

So when The Shoegazer ventured to TT’s for a solid Tuesday bill featuring Telekinesis, The Love Language and Slowdim, he wasn’t expecting to find much more than a good time.   But while standing over by the merch table and having a discussion about job hunting and cash flow problems, The Shoegazer spotted the oh-so-familiar sight of currency on the ground.  Although many were around, The Shoegazer didn’t see where it came from and nobody else in the crowd spotted it.  A quick nonchalant side-step and bending over revealed the find – a pair of folded $20 bills, totaling $40.  A great find on any day, and especially at a time when The Shoegazer could have used a little extra cash.

But no, that’s not the end of the story.  While standing near the sound board during Telekinesis’ set, The Shoegazer spotted even more cash on the floor – a single dollar bill lying flat on the ground.  A few minutes later, two more ones were noticed, bringing the night’s cash total to $43!

Location:  All of these finds occurred at TT the Bear’s in Cambridge, MA.  The pair of twenties were on the floor between the main bar and the merch table, while the singles were retrieved from in front of the sound board.

Source(s):  This show was very crowded and the sources of these bills did not notice their error or get caught in the act by The Shoegazer.  Dropped twenties near the bar are common occurrences, and the crispness of these twenties suggested they had been recently taken out of an ATM.  That they were folded suggested they had been kept in a pocket, purse or wallet.

The Shoegazer theorizes that the three singles on the dance floor came from the same source, as each bill was lying flat and un-folded.  They were a tad dirty, suggesting that they had been stepped on multiple times without being noticed.  It was rather unusual that all three bills were lying flat, as a likely escape would have come from a pocket or purse in this case.

Destination:  Like last year’s large wad of cash, this find came at a much-needed time.  Said money will pay for various expenses that arise during the week, including some increasingly expensive gas, food and laundry.  Some of the money was spent at TT’s, as The Shoegazer treated himself to a victory glass (well, plastic cup) of Knob Creek.

FOUND: The New Fives Are Pretty Things

March 7, 2011

Found:  That Bermuda Triangle of lost money has yielded another bill for The Shoegazer’s retrieval.  Seeing as Herr Shoegazer has been rather broke as of late, this was a very welcomed $5 bill that was pulled from the floor near the main bar.  Another wad of $550 or so would have been nice, but The Shoegazer will take what The Shoegazer gets.

Location:  This fiver was spotted on the floor near some bar stools of the main bar at Great Scott, fairly close to where the row of beer taps are located.  Great Scott, for those reading this blog for the first time, is at 1222 Commonwealth Avenue, Allston, MA.

Source: A hipster who probably woke up the next morning with a lot less money than he/she started the night with.  Unless said hipster is within The Shoegazer’s income bracket (that being the $0 – $xxx bracket), it likely wasn’t missed.

Destination:  While discussing a recent guest shoegaze by Commander Devo, he suggested spending the found money within sight of where it was found.  This was the case with this fiver – it went toward the purchase of a mug of Pretty Things Jack D’or, which quenched The Shoegazer’s thirst and got him back on the dancefloor.

The purple highlights on the new fives match with The Shoegazer's wardrobe!