Weird Things Seen on the Street, #50

Can you believe I’ve now posted fifty weird things seen on the street? It really should be more than that because there is definitely some weird shit on the streets of the world. Here’s one I saw in a Target parking lot in Baltimore.

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For you kids who don’t know what this is, I shall explain. Once upon a time cars did not have satellite radio or hookups to play MP3s or Spotify from your smartphone. Instead we had these things called tape decks. They played cassette tapes, which looked like this. Over time, as music moved from tapes to CDs (please don’t tell me I need to explain those, just google it for crying out loud), you could buy a special adapter that would play CDs from a portable player through your car’s stereo system. The adapter included a special cassette tape – and that is what this is. Probably circa 1992-3, I’m guessing.

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Weird Things Seen on the Street, #49

I saw this weird thing just off an alley in midtown Sacramento back in August. It felt very Andy Warhol-esque.

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Warhol would approve.

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Weird Things Seen on the Street, #48

Some back story to preface this next weird thing photo. For the six years I lived in my apartment in Sacramento, there had been a water bottle sitting in the fire extinguisher box across from my living room window. It never moved, and I had no idea if someone had left the bottle there on purpose as a sort of joke, or left it there because they forgot about it, or what had happened. Occasionally I considered taking the bottle and throwing it out, but never did.

Fast forward to July 2016, not quite 2 months before I moved, and I see the water bottle is gone. Someone knocked it out of the box and onto the ground below. I suspect it was the occasionally rowdy guys who lived a few doors down from me. Finding the fallen water bottle downstairs made me a little sad, but it also felt symbolic to my sensitive, sign-and-symbol-loving self. If the water bottle is gone, then it’s time for me to go, too, I thought. And so I did.

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The mysterious water bottle is dead. Long live the water bottle.

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Weird Things Seen on the Street, #47

It’s been a long time since I last posted a weird thing seen on the street. That doesn’t mean, of course, that I haven’t seen weird things. As we all know there are plenty of weird things to see on the street, whether you’re in the city or the ‘burbs, and over the last 6 months I’ve captured a few of said weird things on camera. I’ve finally gotten around to uploading the photos to my computer and resizing them for WordPress (which doesn’t like images larger than 2 MB, pffft), so be prepared for some posts over the next few weeks.

This photo was taken in downtown Sacramento back in the spring. As always, I assume there is a story here, and I’m guessing the cake wasn’t good enough to whip out a pocket fork and continue eating once it hit the ground.

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If this photo doesn’t give you an earworm of “MacArthur Park,” then we can’t be friends anymore.

 

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Weird Things Seen on the Street, #46

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What happened here? Did our robot overlords make poopies on the sidewalk? Did C3P0 drop this on his way to get a beer? Who knows?

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Weird Things Seen on the Street, #45

You know you’re in hipster territory when you find an unopened Yogi Tea teabag on the ground. I bet the hipster who dropped this was so pissed to get to the coffee shop and discover that the tea wasn’t in their handwoven hemp handbag.

Yeah, I’m a little judge-y today. Why do you ask?

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Weird Things Seen on the Street, #44

Last month I was in L.A. and saw this empty Veuve Clicquot bottle lying on the sidewalk in Venice Beach. Only in L.A., my friends. Only in L.A.

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Le requin mange un dauphin and other adventures en francais

Since March, I’ve been building and refreshing my French skills with Duolingo. The site is free to use (and they have many other languages to choose from), plus there’s a mobile app so you can learn and practice a new language on the fly. It’s quite fun, but at times I feel like I’m in an Eddie Izzard stand-up routine, learning all these bizarre phrases I will never use in conversation. (This video clip is a little long, but so worth watching, especially if you speak rudimentary French.)

For example:
“Le requin mange un dauphin.” (The shark eats a dolphin.)
“Les hommes sont riches et calme.” (The men are rich and quiet.)

Here are a few screen shots from the mobile app for your consideration:

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I question the use of the word “but” in this sentence. Notice they used café, not vin (the French word for wine), because that would be crazy talk en français – or in any language, really. “It is wine, but he likes it”? Come ON.

The next one is a little more troubling.

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Unless my name is Gonzo, I can’t see myself saying good night to a hen. It gets better: according to Urban Dictionarypoulet is slang for a prostitute or an insult to a woman. What the hell, Duolingo? Are you teaching me how to talk to hookers?! Either way, this is not a phrase I will be using.

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Also in the realm of “things I seriously doubt I will ever say:”

 

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However, that is not my shark eating the dolphin.

Finally we get a phrase that I know I’ll use at least once in my life.

French, French language, Duolingo, learning a second language That’s right, mesdames et messieurs. Je commande!

 

Weird Things Seen on the Street, #43

Having a shiny new phone that handles photos beautifully means I’m better equipped to get photos of weird things I see on the street once again. I know you’re very excited about this.

Today’s weird thing is what appears to be a broken Keurig machine, which my friend Joan* and I saw on the sidewalk late at night. I suspect there was some sort of incident with the Keurig that it wound up on the sidewalk. Perhaps thrown out of a SUV at a cheating boyfriend? Dropped from a window? A sacrifice to the gods of coffee?

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Poor Keurig, we hardly quaffed from thee.

Whatever the back story, it makes for good blogging.

 

Pretend Boyfriends

About a month ago Deena and I had one of our marathon phone chats. These started when we were teenagers and our parents would yell about astronomical charges on the bill. Over the years, our conversations have run the gamut from boys to clothes to cats to work. In this particular conversation, we were back to boys. Specifically, we talked about TV characters we would date/not date.

It started when Deena said she would date Jim Ignatowski from “Taxi.”

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Moxie: Wait, what did you just say?

Deena: I would date Ignatowski. He’s fun. I would date Kramer [from “Seinfeld”] too.

Moxie: Yeah, Kramer’s crazy schemes would keep things interesting, that’s for sure.

We then proceeded to name sitcoms and other shows from our youth, picking the characters we would have dated. For “Happy Days,” she picked the Fonz, but when I asked who she’d date out of Richie, Potsie, and Ralph Mouth, she picked Ralph. I picked Potsie. “Richie was too uptight,” said Deena. “Ralph would make you laugh.”

Then there are the TV dads. When I asked her to choose between the “Family Ties” dad or the “Growing Pains” dad, she picked Steven Keaton from “Family Ties” right away.

Deena: He was funny and compassionate, and I liked it when Mallory or Jennifer would do something f***ed up and he’d get all flustered.

Moxie: You know that actor has played rapists and serial killers since “Family Ties” ended. I guess he got tired of being typecast.

Deena: Eww. Not Mr. Keaton!

Here’s the TV boyfriend breakdown – and some girlfriends, too. I mean, you gotta gossip about your TV boyfriends with a good TV girlfriend, right?

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