July 5th, 2006 12:46 PM
In my house, there is a kitchen.
In that kitchen, there is a drawer.
In that drawer, there are bottlecaps
Lots, and lots of bottlecaps.
Since we moved in, in 2001, bottles of beer and/or soda have deposited thier caps in this drawer. It doesn't happen all the time, but it's the drawer with the bottleopener in it, so it makes it convienent. It has been emptied only once before and only by half. But recently, it's been over-flowing again. Instead of just throwing them out, I have decided to count them.
I took them into a box at first, and began to lay them out, one handful at a time. It became clear that the vast majority were Pabst bottlecaps, and so I began to count them seperately. It was like archeology, or geology. The brands changed through the strata. We used to drink a lot more Pabst when we made less money, but now the layers are permeated with more expensive bottlecaps, including several Chimay corks.
It took me quite some time, but in the end, this was the count:
2 hand washes
19 waves of counting
averaging 3 handfuls each
and 2.75 hours
When I told my roomate the total count of 1996, he threw his hands in the air, and loudly proclaimed:
Four More Beers! Four More Beers!
I took a picture of him.
When finished returned only the Pabst caps to the drawer, to create a good seed for the next fill. The rest, I am keeping, for now.