Archive for September, 2013

FOUND: Farm Fresh Fiver

September 9, 2013

Found: Manchester, Vermont is not exactly a hotspot for finding money on the ground. In fact, your humble narrator has dropped more money on the ground in Manchester than he has recovered. Nevertheless, if one continues to look down you’ll eventually spot something. The Shoegazer was returning to his car after visiting the Spiral Press Cafe (in the same space as the famed Northshire Bookstore, which is worth going out of one’s way to visit) when he spotted something in the gutter. Instantly recognizable as US currency, a $5 bill came into view in the gutter of the street, up against the curb.

The bill seem to have been on the ground for awhile – it was dirty and still damp from rains that had ended the afternoon before. How did this bill sit unrecovered for so long? It’s possible that it was underneath a parked car, as The Shoegazer found the bill not too far from a parked car. The car in question had out of state plates and a dog left inside, so if there was anyone who deserved to be out five bucks, it’s a minivan driver from Connecticut who leaves their dog in the car. The Shoegazer was a little mad at himself for noticing this bill on his way TO the cafe, as it was found only upon returning to the car. Although, it’s possible the bill had been under a car and had just now dried out enough to be blown up against the curb.

Interesting historical note: this bill, bearing the portrait of Abraham Lincoln, was found about two miles from Hildene, the Lincoln family home, now a popular historical site in Manchester.

Location: This bill was found up against a curb in a section of on-street parking spaces on Bonnet Street, aka Route 30, in Manchester, VT, down the street from the Spiral Press Cafe.

Source: While the bill appeared to have been damp and not recently dropped, The Shoegazer hopes it came from one of the town’s many out of state visitors.

Destination: This $5 bill was spent at Clear Book Farm in Shaftsbury, VT, purveyors of the best corn on the cob The Shoegazer has ever gotten stuck between his teeth. He also purchased a container of Gammelgarden Creamery’s excellent maple skyr and grabbed a copy of Edible Green Mountains, which was free and did not require the services of the recently found fiver.

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FOUND: Fifteen on the Floor, Before TT’s Fortieth

September 4, 2013

Found: The Cambridge, MA rock club TT the Bear’s is nearing its 40th anniversary. During that time, the venue has served primarily as a live music venue, as well as, in its early year, a restaurant. Remnants of the TT’s kitchen are still there, though much of the space was done away with when the sound booth was moved back. In recent years, TT’s has also played host to a handful of weekly and monthly dance nights, many of which were once affiliated with Man Ray, the Boston area’s beloved defunct goth club.

“Heroes” is a Saturday fixture at TT’s, a goth-ish new wave dance night starring Chris Ewen, who some might know for his musical contributions to bands like Future Bible Heroes and Figures on a Beach. The Shoegazer and Miss Artgal stopped by late Saturday night for a little dancing and, just maybe, some shoegazing. TT’s in recent years has become quite the hotspot for finding money on the ground, maybe because the TT’s of “Heroes” is cash-only as of late, the atmosphere is one of loud music, bright lights and dark corners, so it’s only natural that money falls to the ground. Sometimes it stays there for quite some time.

In a dark corner, not far from the DJ booth and Chris Ewen’s blinding neon sign, The Shoegazer spied something on the floor. Cash, or napkin? Quite often it turns out to be the latter, but today it was cash money – $15, a tenner and a fiver, found together.

Location: These bills were found near the DJ booth on a dark, unoccupied bit of dance floor at TT the Bear’s in Cambridge, MA.

Source: Given the amount, my guesstimation would be someone who bought a cheap beer (a $4 purchase at TT’s), left a dollar for the barkeep and took their $15 in change without carefully securing it on a pocket or purse. Since nobody was even within a few feet of this money, the source remains at large.

Destination: The fiver went toward the purchase of a drink at last call, while the sawbuck was spent around 3am at the New Yorker Diner in Watertown, MA, which is one of the only late night eating spots in all of the Boston area. It’s open all night, folks. Get on that.