Literal Crap

Except for a lone flip flop that took up residence on our tree lawn* for a few days, it’s been a surprisingly CLEAN period of time in front of the house.

There’s one exception . . . Niels’ car. This past week, his car (which is often parked in front of the house) has been the unfortunate target of some massive bird strikes. And as luck would have it, the strikes started the day after he got his car washed. The most amazing one is on his tire – I really can’t figure out how the angle was just right to make this wonder happen:

It’s even on the street.

In addition to that passenger side rear tire, the roof

and next to the driver’s door

also fell victim. All in all, I kinda prefer the random crap on the corner…

*(Def. tree lawn: what people from Cleveland, Ohio call the strip of grass between the street and the sidewalk, even if there’s no tree on it. Niels calls it that too now, just to make me happy :) )

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Need any painting or kitchen supplies? Come on down!

I’m really kinda disgusted by the thought of bringing home kitchenwares that I found in a trashbag on the corner. Or really anything that I’d have to bring inside of my home in order to use properly. Of course, I don’t have the same issue when I see kitchenwares at a yard sale or a second-hand store. But I just can’t get it through my head that crap corner objects could ever be clean enough to use… Maybe that’s why I’m so fascinated by the way the crap corner objects disappear!

Today, we were lucky enough to have a front AND a side drop off. The front is mainly buckets of varying shapes and sizes, with a lawn chair thrown in for good measure. And a handy grocery cart thing.

House view

Street view

Most of it is still there as I write this. The chair is gone, as is the ORANGE bucket. So that means that someone went through the trouble of separating the orange bucket from the rest of the pile before they walked away with it. Curious.

Kudos to Niels, who captured this stalker-esque photo of the orange bucket selection as seen through a window screen.

The side is where you find the kitchen crap along with some electronic thing.

Not surprisingly, the thing with the plug did not stay around long. The bags of kitchen crap, however, remain. As I pulled into the driveway, I could clearly see the pots and pans, as well as some plastic cups and goodies in the next bag. I was fascinated enough with looking at the pile that I almost forgot to open the garage as I was pulling in (that would have been bad. . . ). In terms of value, I think that burlap sap thing is going to be sitting there for while… Trust me – I’m NOT adventurous enough to see what’s inside of it. Fabric items left on the street really bother me – even more than kitchen items!

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Garden party, crap corner style.

Yesterday’s gem was this nice trellis.

It was gone by the time I got home from work. There’s not too much to say about this one – it seems like it’s in good shape, you don’t have to bring it into your house to use it, and it doesn’t even call out “crap” as much as the other deposits do. Mostly I was just relieved that the corner activity was heating up again, after last week’s unwanted stuff stayed around for far too long.

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A quiet week.

There wasn’t much activity at the corner this week – the hard hat/squeegie trash bag stayed around – the items just moved a little everyday. Yesterday, Niels said “I just can’t take this anymore!” and decided to throw the stuff away into our trash. Here’s his cleanup effort:

Pre-clean up

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Hard hat and squeegie – today’s gold

While at work today, I got the best text from Niels: “Check your email. New stuff for the blog.” When I tried to expand the photo, I wasn’t sure what I was looking at – I thought it was some long doll leg or something hanging out of a trash bag. Sadly, it’s just some random construction and cleaning stuff… Last I looked, this was still outside, but I have hopes it’ll be gone in the morning.

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Sunday, part 2

Within a couple of hours of the plant stand debacle, there was yet MORE crap at the casa. Sometimes the SIDE of the house, under a tree, is a favorite dumping ground.

The side of the house...

I don’t really know what this is… if I had to guess, it’s some sort of wax melter. It must be of low value, because it took almost 24 hours before it left.

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Clean up crew?!?!

What perfect timing.  As I’m trying to get some shots of this morning’s surprise (garbage bag and plant table) seen below, something magical happened.

Within less than five minutes, I notice that the plant stand is GONE.

Notice - no plant stand

And as I’m taking the picture above, there’s a white Jeep that comes creeping around the corner, going the wrong way on the street (of course) and she stops.  And she stares.  And she gets out of her car, picks up the bag, and proceeds to PUT IT INTO HER CAR.



She drove around the block again to make sure she didn’t miss anything.  Who knows, maybe we should thank her?

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Corner a la crap.

This week is the first anniversary of moving into our lovely rental home in L.A. Other than the fact that we don’t own it, it’s kinda great. Lots of room, a great yard that gardeners come and take care of, great weather, neighbors who finally seem to have learned to NOT block our driveway. . . the list could go on. There are the downsides too – the weekend soccer games in the park across the street with overly exuberant parents, and other noises of city life. But the one thing we just can’t understand is the RANDOM CRAP. WHY US?

Meet our corner, as seen from our balcony.  This is how it’s supposed to look.

A couple of times a week, the corner gets some special flavor such as a randomly appearing piece of furniture, a mound of furniture padding, “artwork”, a perfectly nice vase stored upside down, a stroller wheel, and who knows what else.

This blog is the story of that junk.  Welcome to our world.

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