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Monday, July 14, 2008

Zen Monday: Buried Treasure

I found this box hidden in brush beneath the Colorado Street Bridge. I had to climb to get a look at it. More boxes were buried near it. You can see the corner of one in the foreground of this photo.

I didn't touch them.

31 comments:

Kelly said...

I don't think I would have had your restraint. I have to confess I might have opened one, just to take a peek.

Kelly said...

On second thought, it sort of reminds me of he premise for a "se7en" or "Kiss the Girls" style thriller. Glad you passed.

Coltrane_lives said...

I don't know Kelly. Lest we forget what happened to Pandora, I'd probably pull a Dionne Warwick and "walk on by."

Petrea...regarding Mondays, I don't usually wake up until Tuesday, so they are very Zenlike. A habit I picked up while living in New Orleans, I'm afraid. Look forward to hearing all about your Bastille Day PDP Gathering. Ciao!

Marylène said...

Have a nice Bastille day meeting (dinner ?).
I missed PDP picnic in Paris, too bad it's only once a year and California is not in my vacation budget right now !!!!

marley said...

I wonder what was in them?! Glad you didn't open it up, it could have lead to something grisly :(

USelaine said...

Although finding more than one box in the same place suggests otherwise, I still suspect the antics of geocachers. Which means they broke the "rule" of not putting the cache in a place that won't draw suspicion from police. This will be another incidence where the authorities will be obliged to blow up a box of toys. Yet again. *sigh*

Shall I make the call, or will you?

Petrea said...

Grisly, treasure, whatever. I'm glad I didn't open them.

I like the idea of geocaches, usE. I don't think the police will notice them because they're above the path, although equestrians use the trail and it would be easy to see them on horseback. Another rule they broke--the containers aren't waterproof.

In the Wikipedia image, someone geocached Led Zeppelin's "Houses of the Holy." I love that.

Our Bastille Day dinner (held on Bastille Day Eve) was lovely. Eric's posting pics tonight on PDP's "The Making of."

USelaine said...

Well, I mention it because the Highway Patrol had to close 101 up here just north of Willits because of a box found under a bridge. Never cache under a bridge. 'Twas geocachers. 'Twas sploded.

I'm looking forward to the celebration photos!

Bernie K. said...
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Bernie K. said...

I know what's in that little wooden box: a fine, yellow, downy substance punctuated by what appears to be dried broccoli. Ah, but see how your breath stirs the tiny yellow grass like wind—and those broccoli look like treetops!

Squint and you can spy, in one dim corner, a miniature woman, tramping through the grass with a microscopic camera. Just as she spies something half-buried at her feet, your shadow startles her; her little white face turns up to look …

You raise your camera to take her picture, but the sky above you darkens. You turn and look up to see a titanic figure loom above the trees … is that a machine in its enormous hands?

shirtees.net said...

I would have opened it :) With a 10 foot pole of course, but somehow, I would have checked it out!

Miss Fruitfly said...

OMG! I would have opened but I understand why you didn't...anything could be in there. ANYTHING.

Lydia said...

Very mysterious and Zen. Your leaving them as you found them is the most Zen of all.

I figured you wouldn't feature the lines at Indymac Bank in Zen Monday!

Katie said...

How mysterious! I really want to know what's inside, but I think I would have been scared to open them too. Who would possibly leave these pretty trunks out there??

Christie said...

Hmmm...could I have left it alone....? I'm just a little too Nancy Drewish for my own good sometimes and I love to solve mysteries! Petrea, will you please investigate a little more and let us know what is in there? That would be lovely!

Meead S. said...

Looks strange! Tell us later what was in them if you found.

Bernie K. said...

Perish the thought! There are worlds within worlds … this is a chance intersection, as dangerous as a visit to Faerie.

"When you stare into the [little pine box], the [little pine box] stares into you."

Petrea said...

Hmmm, USElaine, these were under a bridge all right. But I could tell they'd been there long enough that they were innocent.

Bernie, think of the photos all those Petreas would take!

As to the whether or not to open them and what has befallen them since I took the photo about a week ago: I walked by again today and climbed up to see what's new. The prominent box has either been moved or reburied. At first I thought they were gone, but the corner of one still peeks out from under dried brush. I'll keep watching.

babooshka said...

I think I could be geocachers. It's usually smaller items, but well when a craze hits it does tend to go above and beyond. Like Kelly's take on the se7en premise. Now I'm even more curious. We coulnd't tempt you to go back and take a peek then?

shirtees.net said...

BTW Petrea, great 5 question interview in the Pasadena Weekly :)

Petrea said...

Babooshka, I'm so out of it. I never heard of geocachers before yesterday. Speaking of yesterday, now I'm dying to see a picture of you!

Thank you shirtees! My one week of fame...

USelaine said...

Hmm. That edition not on line yet?

Arnold Layne said...

At first I thought I would have opened them, but I just watched Twelve Monkeys so now I'd be kind of weary. You probably made the smart move.

Lily Hydrangea said...

I agree with Lydia, very zen of you to leave well enough alone. I am quite amazed that anyone would be able too though! They are not your ordinary boxes, they look so inviting to open up.
Bernie, I love your imagination.
I sent my son this post, I can't wait to see his reaction to everything, your post Petrea as well as everyone's reaction!

freefalling said...

Oh - you're torturing us now!!!
Come on!!!!
You gotta go back and show us what's in them!!!
But as "shirtees" said - open them with a big long pole.

Petrea said...

Elaine, it's online but I guess "5 Questions" doesn't get posted. Never fear. I like publicity and always save my own (good) press for posterity.

There may be further developments on this post. Stay tuned, everyone.

Petrea said...

I wish I remembered "Se7en" and "12 Monkeys."

Bibi said...

Oh, a mystery!! I guess it was prudent to leave them alone (boom), but I have a feeling I'd have been a modern-day Pandora....

Kaleb said...

In that there WAS a military parking space and barracks just up from that location years ago on Arooyo...not so sure I'd want to open them boxes!

I'd check local caching sites and THEN notify the police if nothing pops up on the sites.

Abu Dhabi/UAE Daily Photo said...

This makes for an interesting story! I wouldn't open them, either, though I must admit that I'm curious.

Petrea said...

Update tomorrow on the mystery box. Woohoo!