Hello Theo

A New Year’s letter to a prison pen pal. Found in North Park on a sidewalk.

You Suck at Life Now

I was walking home from the park with my kids and thought that I’d take them by the juvie; like, “Hey kids, don’t act up and end up in there some day.” We found this on the sidewalk. I saw the swear word up top and then wouldn’t let my kids have it. They spent … Continued

Icky Nicci

My friend Jen and I found this when we were going to lunch.

Jail Time Blues

I was digging through the discount record section at Sound Exchange in Houston, TX when my thumbs came across an old vintage vinyl copy of “Frampton Comes Alive” by Peter Frampton. I opened the gatefold, admired the art, and then when I went to pull the record out I noticed a folded up note inside. … Continued


This picture (one of about twelve) was found in the basement of my apartment when we moved in.

Gotta Look Forward, Not Back

On way back to the hotel following a Further concert at WAMU, we had just left the light rail station at SEATAC Airport. As we crossed the intersection near 13 Coins Restaurant/Bar, we saw this yellow, folded-up letter in the middle of the street. It was obvious that it hadn’t been there long (no tire … Continued

To A Future Member of the Mormon Faith

The volunteers of the Jail Library Group at UW-Madison found this inscription in a donated copy of the Book of Mormon. The book is now in the Dane County Jail’s collection.

To Help Him

I found this on Potrero Hill. The piece of paper was taped to the sidewalk just before an intersection. I guess Hammer doesn’t have a pager.

If The Worst Happens

I found this postcard in a littered parking space at a condo complex and read it a few times. I find myself interpreting the open ended statements a little differently each time. My interpretations get a little darker each time. It truly is an “In-Tents” message as the pre-printed text declares.


This letter is near and dear to my heart. My wife and I found this letter, one page at a time, while on walks with our son. Each page was in the gutter just waiting for us in pretty much the same spot. I’ve pulled it at at some gatherings I’ve thrown with friends and … Continued