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Day #200: Lost & Found


The Story:

“Ok everyone. I’m counting on you all to help me in this. We only have a few disjointed clues to go on so we’re going to have to put all of our heads together to figure this out,” Bill looked around the room at the enthusiastic group of boys and felt proud to be their scout master. “I’m going to hand out a few of the pictures that will serve as our clues. Each group of four will then work together to get any information they can from the pictures. And then, hopefully, based on the information each group comes up with, we can figure out “The Mystery of the Forgotten Camera”, sound good?” Bill asked the group of 24 cub scouts and was met with a unanimous “Yeah!”.

Passing out the photos, Bill let the boys get to work and wandered from table to table to add any needed encouragement. Finally, after about half an hour each team had come up with a list of clues to try and solve the mystery. From the following pictures this is what they came up with:

  1. The photographer is possibly from Vermont

    Notice the jersey...

  2. They are parents or the grandparents of a softball player and little leaguer

    One of about a million similar shots...

  3. They appear to be fascinated by mundane things

    Guys, it's just a plane.

  4. They have a vested interest in Emory Riddle Aeronautical University

    Got lots more where this one came from...

  5. They are interested in basic construction and demolition

    Yet again... soooo many pictures of this. Why?

  6. They like snow

    Must be cold...

  7. Buzz Lightyear holds some sort of symbolic importance

    What does this mean?!?

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The Not So Fantastic Reality:

The above story was inspired by the following tidbits I encountered today:

ONE:      On the way home from Ponce Inlet and a day on the beach with the dogs, Andy suddenly springs out of the car and grabs something off of the road in front of our stopped car. Hopping back inside, he tosses me the retrieved item and low and behold it’s a pristine digital camera, a nice one too. It’s in a case, has its instruction manual and the little cloth thingy to remove smudges- fancy. It’s a SONY Cyber-Shot 16.1 megapixel camera, about $200 or so and there it was, just lying in the street. So, like anyone with any ounce of curiosity, I begin to scroll through the pictures. Ok, not to be a jerky turkey, and I’m sure these photos mean something to the people who took them, but man alive are they boring! There were about 170 pictures and video of one softball game, one little league game, the inside of buildings, a construction site, snow on a few trees and of course, Buzz Lightyear (which, incidentally, was the most entertaining and most recent picture). I plan on putting up an ad in Craigslist saying we found it but, I’m not hopeful in hearing from the original owners and I don’t even know where to begin to start looking. I feel kinda bad about it, like I’ve done something wrong for taking home a camera that was just left on the street. Anyone out there have a similar experience? What did you do?

Love & Squirrels.

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About samshine20

Writing a fictious story based on my day's events... every day. Apparently this is how I celebrate turning 30. That's me! ...just a girl with dream. And a blog.

7 responses »

  1. you should post a couple of the photos on http://www.foundmagazine.com. maybe the owner will see them and claim it?

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  2. I love the buzz lightyear photograph. Hilarious! That’s quite a find. I would have no idea what to do with it, maybe advertise it on a local newspaper. Thanks for sharing though. You should swing by Ermiliablog’s Picture it & write activity due every Sunday (http://ermiliablog.wordpress.com/2011/11/06/__picture-it-write-8/) where we write short pieces of fiction inspired by the photographs. It would be great to see your contribution!

    – Ermisenda

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  3. My sister found a camera on a park bench and had NO conscience about picking it up and claiming it as her new camera. I think you’re great to try & find the owner. Cameras – photos – video cameras! they’re very private. But I absolutely love the story you’ve made out of it 🙂 This was really entertaining! (liked the Buzz Lightyear ‘holds some kind of significance’)

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    • I’m a big believer in ‘what goes around, comes around’, aka Karma, so looking for the owners only seems right- even if I don’t find them (which is looking doubtful). Glad you liked the story (just kinda wish the photos were a teeny tiny bit more interesting, haha). 🙂

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