Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Finally: Bait and Switch

(Can you tell I'm putting off doing work this evening?)

Besides the fact that you can spy bestselling authors in search of caffeine*, another wonderful thing about living in Park Slope is that people frequently leave books, movies, music, knickknacks, clothes, furniture, and other possessions they no longer wish to possess on the sidewalk for anyone to take. I picked up two CDs from a box on 8th Ave. on Monday: A) the Tracy Chapman Collection, with the classic "Fast Car" and "Give Me One Reason" and B) the 2004 Grammy nominees CD, featuring OutKast's "The Way You Move," Fountains of Wayne's "Stacy's Mom," Eminem's "Lose Yourself," and Beyonce's "Crazy in Love" (another great running song that I've long meant to download and yet have been too lazy to get off iTunes).

Imagine my disappointment, then, when I opened the CD cases to find A) U2's "All That You Can't Leave Behind" and B) a big ol' wad o' nuthin'. I already own the first and don't need the second, so in the spirit of sharing the wealth: If you'd like a free U2 CD, or some nuthin', leave me a comment, and you can have your choice of incorrect CD cases to go with it.
* They also draw on the sidewalk: I was once walking down a side street and saw Mo Willems sketching out some familiar eyes. "It's the Pigeon!" I cried. "You know the Pigeon?" he said. "I love the Pigeon!" I said. End of dialogue. (Knuffle Bunny is set in Park Slope.)


  1. :(

    I hope next time you find the right CD in the right case.

    I just read a review of Beyonce's new CD. . .four stars out of four.
    I believe that was in this week's People. :)

    Happy running!

  2. How do you know if someone is leaving valuables for you to take? Maybe they are in the midst of moving.

    That said, I once fished a dented hubcap from someone's garbage and turned it into a lamp.

  3. My house is filled with "leftovers" - including three matching oil paintings of seaside sites, all worthy of tacky motels...or my glorious home!

    one person's junk is someone else's junk with a lampshade (right lisa?)...


  4. U2 can fight false advertising...

    and bring new music to your thesis-crazed friends. Could I have it, if no one else wants the CD?


    Back to middle high German...


  5. Bummer. I would have been excited about the Tracy Chapman CD too.

    But wrong CD in case sounds just like my house. No one puts them back in the right case. Just when I think I am going to kick back in the car and listen to Carlos Santana, I hear Jerry Seinfeld instead. Just not the same.

  6. Usually the free things are in boxes or have signs listing them as such, or they've obviously been sitting out for a day or two.

    The best thing I ever found on the street was two yearbooks from a private girls' school on the Upper East Side in the 1930s -- everyone had names like "Mildred" and "Estelle," and the owner of the yearbook had helpfully labelled all the people she liked and drawn devils' horns on those she didn't.

  7. man! that's what *I* should have done with my yearbooks from my private girls' school! (Tho' we had more Mackenzies than Mildreds...)