Saturday, October 20, 2007

Missing

Missing: one camera. Old digital. Takes mediocre photos and has no interesting or useful features. No reward offered, but if you find it, I will take it off your hands before it frustrates you into buying a new one.

I intended to show you pictures of my latest FO, but alas, the black hole is now fighting dirty. It seems to have swallowed my crummy old digital camera, which I have been using since my newer digital camera died in Jamaica in July. Perhaps in recompense, it has disgorged the missing music book--days after I replaced it with a new one, which cannot be returned. It showed up in the back of the closet, where my son insists he never put it, and anyway, he looked for it there and didn't find it. This might be because he didn't have his missing glasses, which a neighbor found in her garage, where he is certain he did not leave them. My other son's missing math book turned up, so I am told, in the backyard of a classmate, whose house he has never visited. I think the black hole may in fact be a wormhole, since it appears to be transporting objects to places they have allegedly never been before. Further evidence of this is the multiple unmatched socks that have appeared in my house, but do not belong to any member of my family, and several boy scout badges, which is odd, since my boys have never been boy scouts.

Somewhere in the Himalayas, I'm sure my old camera has mysteriously appeared on someone's hearth and is even now being treated as an inscrutable god with miraculous powers. Either that, or one of the kids left it in someone's backyard.

18 comments:

Tammy said...

Maybe it's with my car keys. Let me know if you find some Surburban keys and I'll keep my eyes open for your camera.

quiltyknitwit said...

I used to think we had goblins that took things away, and then put them in weird places (like one time my little daughter's missing shoe was between the sliding closet doors of my bedroom).

Quail Hill Knits said...

I am well familiar with black hole you have been describing -- I have been looking for the bottom half of my son's track uniform for the past five days. Now I know that he had both halves of the uniform at the track meet last Saturday. I am relatively certain that he did not come home in his underwear alone. I have done ALL of the laundry ... no bottoms. I have gone through his backpack with the same results. I have checked all the drawers, the closet, the bathroom, and behind the couch. I have located $1.56 in odd change, some Halloween candy from 2003, four missing socks and petrified lizard........ but no uniform pants. The next meet is Monday. If I can't find it by tomorrow, I will need a time warp to prevent a track disaster in my son's eyes (shorts instead of a uniform). After reading your post I realize that those bottoms are probably hanging out with your camera, laughing at the two of us........

knottykitty said...

That is so funny! Did you happen to find my new pair of black Crocs, never worn or out of the house, that disappeared just this morning? I'll keep an eye out for that camera, although unidentified valuable stuff never seems to show up here!

Life's a Stitch said...

I want to buy those little stick on things that beep when you press the button on the home station. Problem is I'd need several.

janet said...

The black hole has crossed the street because my new camera is missing, my new trowel and my favorite slippers:(
Is there a Fung Shui trick we need to perform to defeat this astral phenomenon?

kmkat said...

I just checked under the bed in the guest room. Sorry, no camera. (That was where my husband found his wallet.)

Yours is one of the best lost and found stories ever.

knitwitmama said...

I'll ask my daughter. She seems to know where everything is, but only if it is not hers.

Angelika said...

Isn't there some sort of pack rat that exchanges things? Maybe you have an invation of those in your neighborhood, since this seems to be spread further than just your hourse. Maybe you just buy the new camera, leave it wrapped, with the receipt, until the old one decides to show up. But I know you wouldn't just leave it sitting there. New camera? Not play with it? Sorry, I'm a bad instigator sometimes.

Kristin said...

Are you familiar with the Borrowers?

Sarah said...

I was organizing my circular needles yesterday, and I think I may have a similar problem. I have eleventy-billion 5mm circs I don't remember purchasing, and am missing many other sizes I do remember purchasing...the black hole strikes again!

The_Add_Knitter said...

Wow, the universe has been having a grand ol' time at your expense recently!!

dale-harriet said...

It's not a black hole, it's polgergeists. I'm always amazed to hear of others' problems because I thought they ALL lived here. Ours take my DH's glasses cases regularly. Or ONE of my five DPNs in whichever size I need RIGHT NOW. I outwit them: I cleverly replace missing items, NOTHING persuades them to bring stuff back faster. That's why I have several sets of identical needles, DH has about five glasses cases, &c. Not only that, they steal my memory causing me to forget I have a certain book until I enthusiastically and excitedly buy it, bear it home in triumph and go to put it where it *should* go in the bookcase....and find a copy already there. Maybe it's the Larae, the household gods who are peeved with all the Modern Appliances. (Also- I was born in the wrong era too; I'd have joined you happily in earlier eras. I'm glad I remember (with relish) the late '40s, my beatnik 1950s, the '60s (although they say if you remember the 1960s you weren't really there har har har) and so on. You'd be amazed how soothing knitting is for us Ancient Aging Cackling old Crones. :o)

dale-harriet said...

oh nuts - polTergeists...that's what I get for publishing without rereading, mes apologies....

Wendy said...

I hate it when underwear appears which doesn't belong to either of us. And we don't share a laundry room with anyone.

Inscrutable mysteries of the universe.

MelissaKnits said...

I wish the black hole would take mine, just long enough to justify buying a new one.
I have a Rhinebeck hangover.

Sarah said...

If only these found objects could talk, the tales they would tell. If it should turn up here I will gladly send it off paying for postage that will probably total more than its obsolescence. Probably this is another way technology mongers scam you into buying new. Now I must run off to buy the latest iMac.

MelissaKnits said...

in re: Rhinebeck - - -

There is no distance too great to travel for yarn. Ever. But be aware that Oct in NY is usually not nearly as warm as it was this weekend. You'd need sweaters. And, since you're from Out There, probably a hat and mittens and a scarf. Get knitting, find a cheap flight, and see you in 2008!!!