It followed me home

April 24, 2005

Just another part of city living: things that people have dropped or thrown or put out on the street. Every urbanite has seen and passed them without a second thought: a random glove, a newspaper, a shoe.

But not every item on the street is garbage or trash. Many useful objects are purposely left on the sidewalk, sitting on a stoop, placed atop a mailbox or recycling bin or propped up on a street-level window sill by owners who hope that someone else will want them.

Here are some of the things I’ve recently found on the street and liked enough to bring home with me:

  • Books (many books in many languages)
  • Magazines
  • Record albums
  • CDs
  • DVDs
  • Videotapes, including a copy of The Emperor’s Club marked “Academy Reviewer Copy”
  • Computer software (shrink-wrapped, unused)
  • IKEA bookshelf
  • Floor lamp with a glass shade
  • Two small paintings on Egyptian papyrus
  • Photographs
  • Paintings
  • Posters
  • Picture frames
  • Ceramic coffee mugs
  • Glass bowls
  • Dishes
  • Stainless steel thermos marked “The Santa Fe Opera”
  • Cut flowers
  • Money (yes, real cash)
  • Compact folding umbrellas
  • Large golf umbrellas
  • A rubber shark painted pink (who knows why)
  • Cashmere scarf
  • Silk scarf
  • Woolen gloves
  • Leather gloves
  • Wristwatch (yes, it works)
  • Necklace made of ceramic beads
  • Sterling silver ring
  • IVAR shelf unit
    The Emperor’s Club

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