Don’t Give It to War

Found a block from the Old Town School of Folk Music. Written on musical notation paper. Maybe this was an assignment for some sort of class on protest songs. There’s something to be said about avoiding moral arguments and getting straight to the point: war costs money, and I want the money instead.

Puppy Love

I found this love letter/threat on a vacant seat on the #76 east-bound bus, on the way to DJ at Delilah’s one unseasonably warm evening.

Simple Map

I found this last weekend at Foodlife right by the pizza stand. I like the Jag image a lot.

New Childcare Technique

This sketch of an innovative new technique for quieting crying babies was found in a van after a day of summer camp in a North Shore suburb.

Don’t Tread on Me

We found this in a used book we bought from Powell’s Books on 57th Street in Hyde Park about five years ago. It’s had a place of honor on our fridge ever since. Our guess is that the folks in the picture are participating in some wacky ’70s school talent show, or it’s a teacher … Continued


I was walking to the el in Rogers Park and saw this bubbly-lettered, girl-handwriting note just sitting on the sidewalk.

Quick Note to Self

My friend Dave found this little book on the street in Chicago. What appeared to be a pleasant little book was actually a pretty depressing diary.

It’s Not Trigonometry

A month ago or so, I came out to my car to find this note. I couldn’t figure out which “sine” the note referred to but the line has become kind of a mantra in my head. “You see the sign so move now, you see the sign so move now….”