Tuesday, August 02, 2005


Besides the Cupboard of Regret, I got a couple of other things at the auction on Saturday. McLernon's has a large yard in which they keep their scrap - mostly broken office furniture and worthless shop fittings destined for the tip - and it's littered with broken glass, fragments of perspex, lost bolts and other industrial litter. While I was walking across it on Saturday afternoon, getting some fresh air and stretching my legs, I kicked a little tablet of wood. It broke in half as it skittered across the bitumen, and that caused me to take a second look at it.

It had the number 15 carved into it. The numerals were old-fashioned, complete with serifs, and had been inked. When I turned it over I found a carved picture of what might have been a cactus.

It was sort of interesting, and apparently worthless, so I put it in my pocket. Later that afternoon, as I was traversing the same yard, I found another one. This had the number 46 carved into it, and on the back was a picture of a shell and a spiral.

Each tablet is rectangular, about a centimeter thick, and as long as my thumb. Each one has a little rectangular hole at one end, suggesting that they're tags for something. But for what? Unfortunately I didn't really have a close look at them until Sunday, so it wasn't until then that my curiosity was piqued.



Anyone have any ideas on what they might be?


Blogger Laziest Girl said...

Table numbers for a now defunct Mexicano-Seafood restaurant?

2:39 PM  
Blogger Blandwagon said...

Makes sense. The spiral obviously represents vomiting after you eat their dodgy shellfish.

4:44 PM  
Blogger Laziest Girl said...

Key tags with room numbers for a dodgy highway motel (I'm thinking along the lines of that scary motel in that John Cusack film)?

7:02 PM  

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