At a thrift store I opened the drawer of what I thought might be a vintage Paul McCobb desk, and found this letter draft folded up in the back. Without reading it I stuffed it into my pocket, hoping that it might prove interesting when I got home. For the most part I was not disappointed in this regard.
I found this on the curb behind a house whose contents were being liquidated after the owner’s death. This color xerox, sloppily scissored and pasted onto a plain white sheet of paper, then tagged with a pre-printed caption, seemed like such a mix of forethought and complete carelessness I had to wonder who made it, for what purpose, and just how “proud” they really were. I scoured the sale for any other signs of these two award winners, but found none.
What it says: This is for you. So I want you to keep it. I also want you to know that I would of been the same regardless of what you do – if you didn’t still wear a uniform. I just want you to know it was who you are that drove me crazy, not what you do. Things like your rooster shirt, speaking in a British accent, saying you like my hands, dancing with me, how you rub my neck, morning kisses, listening to me and actually caring/giving me advice and your outlook, positive & of course – manly. I instantly feel more like a woman and safe with you. So just know
Thoughts: Why did she feel like she had to insert “still”? Why did she cross out “I just want you to know”? Can you have a “manly” outlook? I just wish I had page 2.
One of several slides found in a Kodak carousel, dated 1970. It’s been fun scanning them in and piecing their story together image by image. Judging by the other slides, this photo was taken at a small family get-together.
A while back, I found a bunch of slide carousels. I don’t know who they belonged to originally, but some of the people appear in multiple slides, so that’s one clue. The dates are stamped on the slides and range from 1970 to 1979. Most are overseas vacation photos, but it’s the family photos which I like best.
This is one of the earlier slides, dated 1970. It was most likely taken during a small family get-together, maybe a birthday or special event. For the sake of the little boy, let’s hope it’s a special occasion! Dad (or whoever) is DEFINITELY holding a lit cigarette to the kid’s mouth. You may not be able to tell, but in the larger version there’s even a cherry (burning) on the end. Also present at the party were at least two other small children, a mom(?), a grandma(?), and at least two other men. And now you know just about as much as I do.