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Greetings from Methopotamia [Aug. 4th, 2003|09:21 am]
Just me.
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My house was occupied by renters before I bought it and moved in. By the time I looked at it, they'd moved out, but some signs remained that said "non-homeowners lived here". Like the dozens of inked phone numbers on the basement wall, right next to the (also written in ink) scores next to the dart board, the graffiti clashing in an ugly symphony of sloth. There were also indications that they belonged to that coveted Coors and NASCAR demographic: in the basement alone, I found stickers on the walls promoting Jagermeister and the "Hard rock Cafe", a "Ford" baseball cap, and several matchbox cars (this in a house with no children, mind you). When Ivan and I work in the garden, we constantly find half-buried bottle caps, suggesting they just threw them in the yard whenever they had bottled beer, and that large quantities were consumed in the year they lived there.

They also left some stuff in the garage, including something that's basically a bulky endtable cabinet, but will work fine for storage. I decided to wipe the dust off it yesterday and store some tools in it, and after clearing out a few loose screws and nails, I found these stuck to the shelf in the very back:

  

Note the small size of these ziploc bags. In my mind, there are only a few things small (and yet valuable) enough to need protecting in a bag; collectible coins or stamps would be the "benefit of the doubt" assessment. But you know, unless someone was a real bad-ass philatelist, it seems unlikely they'd keep their walking around stamps in bags imprinted with devil heads or spades. The fact that they were stuck on the shelf is also damning- I'd think you'd store your stamps somewhere less prone to damage.

My guess is that they cleaned this cabinet out when they moved out, but didn't feel in the back and notice the bags stuck there. For whatever reason they were saving these (believe me, they looked too used to repackage anything saleable in), they must have forgotten about them when they cleaned up and didn't miss them.

Makes me wonder what other garage treasures await my discovery...
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[User Picture]From: drexle
2003-08-04 09:58 am (UTC)
You "found" them on the shelf, eh? Suuuuure.

Your friends and family are very concerned about you ever since you've been seeing that Ivan guy, and appearantly for very good reason. You're grounded, missy!
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[User Picture]From: lara7
2003-08-04 10:08 am (UTC)

speedy gonzales

they were empty when I found them. which is why I'm writing this at 10 am and not 4 am.

Ivan's an entirely different type of bad influence on me (ie purple floors). In fact, in another week or so, I shall have another story/photo that will explain my scarceness from LJ of late...

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[User Picture]From: drexle
2003-08-04 10:14 am (UTC)

B-b-b-but...

But I write most of my entries at about 4am, and you don't see me finding little plastic baggies in my house.

These pictures aren't XXX rated, are they? Cause if they were, I'm sure you could charge money for them instead of just giving it all away for free. I mean, how else are you going to afford those nifty little designer baggies?
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[User Picture]From: kamakhai
2003-08-04 10:29 am (UTC)
"bad-ass philatelist". that just made my morning.
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[User Picture]From: repoman
2003-08-04 11:50 am (UTC)
If you find a box full of cold medicine, I think this mystery will be solved. I'm just surprised to see somebody go through the offort to mark the bags like that...or maybe I'm just a little ignornant.
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[User Picture]From: lara7
2003-08-04 01:11 pm (UTC)

indeed..

indeed...I don't see why you wouldn't want your drugs in a plain ziploc bag without devil heads or spades cluttering up your view of how much you have left.

And if the dealer is passing the extra cost of fancy bags along to the consumer...that ain't right.

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[User Picture]From: quelqueparte
2003-08-04 12:08 pm (UTC)
what a meth you've got to clean up!
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[User Picture]From: kickmule
2003-08-05 09:52 am (UTC)
Makes me wonder what other garage treasures await my discovery...

My money's on "severed head."
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