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Lost and Found by Jamila

January 31st, 2007 9:15 PM

INSTRUCTIONS: Describe or document a prized lost object which you reunited with its owner, or an object you genuinely, painfully lost which was returned unexpectedly to you.

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When I was a teenager my mother was kind enough to give me a camera for Christmas — three months before I was supposed to go to Italy with my school.



Being the idiot that I was, I lost the damn camera in a movie theater the day after Christmas. You can only spend so long pretending to have misplaced something in your room. I finally panicked and decided that I really needed to replace it. My best friend and I began by asking for money in the halls of our high school. We made 70 some dollars in a paper cup before realizing that we had completely run out of local options.



We left the building, jumped a bus and went downtown to pawn some videos. In the pawnshop I looked up and saw a camera that very much resembled the camera that I had lost. But I was still less than $10 away from the camera. My best friend asked if she could just pawn the videos to make up the difference. This is how it goes: Clerk: Sure but you have to be 18. BFF: I am 18. Clerk: Do you have ID. BFF: Yes. Clerk: Can I see it? BFF: (After at least 2 minutes of looking side to side trying to thing of something):NO. Clerk and Me: Hysterical laughter. So I get the camera back. Take very happy photos of us downtown and go home. Remove film, develop it, and find the first photos on the camera are mine from inside of the movie theater lobby. The rest are of some guys skiing.

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posted by Ian Kizu-Blair on February 1st, 2007 4:11 PM

I'm glad that part of the plan involved pawning videos... where did you come up with that?

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posted by p00n Totenkinder on February 6th, 2007 9:05 AM

I searched pawnshop after pawnshop looking for my five string bass, stolen out of my living room. I never found it and chocked it up to the sheer number of pawnshops lining the streets. That is totally amazing you would walk into the exact one that your cameras liberators used. It was truly meant to be yours!

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posted by alice gray on March 8th, 2007 6:22 AM

this was a wonderful completion!

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posted by Ink Tea on March 12th, 2007 5:08 PM

I think you should post some guys skiing photos! That'd make it!

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posted by Blue on December 18th, 2007 10:29 PM

This is one of the most amazing things I have read.