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Monday, January 02, 2006

The Mushroom

I don't know if any of you have ever visited the Mushroom - I had forgotten him until I saw his comment over at Jamie Dawn's on December 23 (really liked that poem she wrote).

Anyway, Mushroom collects old discarded photos and posts them and makes up stories about what's going on in them.

For example, he posted this photo, and then goes on to say . . .


Years before plastic surgery or sex change operations were invented, Donald Weisbaum (seen here as his torch-song personna, Estrella Celeste) was doomed to never actually be a convincing woman. His nose prevented him from finding his fortune, despite his voice being so soulful. He was going to take a dive off this bridge but the thought of snagging his hose [either variety] on the way over the rail made him think twice, and the epiphany made him delve further into his theatre work. His life served as an inspiration for later unpretty female impersonators such as Harvey Fierstein and Divine; he died last month at age 80.

His December 2005 photos (scroll down a bit) are of someone he knew as a child and he posted some stories that he knows, or others have told him, about "Uncle Elfie". There are six photos with tales - Take a gander. I think you'll find the visit worth it.

(BTW, there is a Yahoo Group about Collecting Found Photos. Who knew?)

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The kids go back to school today, I go back to work tomorrow after taking off most of last week. Nod returns on Wednesday. I will attempt to get some stuff done despite Nod's being underfoot. In the way. Roadblock. Hurdle, blockcade, interference, monkey wrench . . .

Just you watch. He'll suggest that we have lunch out. That man. I can never get anything done with him around. Except vacuuming. Because he got it out for me. And before you think poorly of him, he cleans everything else in the house.

12 Comments:

At 8:43 AM, Blogger Tan Lucy Pez said...

I love random old photos. Once when shopping in a thrift store in CA, I saw a boy's life spelled out in photos. The frames had been donated to the thrift store. But who could give away a lifetime of photographs like that? Who was he? It bothered me.

 
At 10:02 AM, Blogger Sar said...

I'll have to check out Mushroom's posts - I got a kick out of the one you shared here.

Enjoy your day off!

 
At 11:01 AM, Blogger actonbell said...

Found photos are intriguing. I'll keep that site in mind!
I have off today, but I'm back tomorrow, too. Ugh. This year is different for me--we usually have some company on New Years Day, but since Penn State is playing today, the little gettogether got moved. Must admit that I spent yesterday in my jamees, except when I (grugingly) hurled myself out to--jog.

Happy day off!

 
At 11:11 AM, Blogger Doug said...

Funny, Dddragon, I was just looking at the "Uncle Elfie" this past weekend. I recommend chewing gum until Wednesday.

 
At 1:57 PM, Blogger Saur♥Kraut said...

Nod sounds like a true catch! Thanks for the link to The Mushroom! I'll check it out.

 
At 2:25 PM, Blogger Jean-Luc Picard said...

Sounds interesting. Thanks for pointing it out.

 
At 2:39 PM, Blogger sherle said...

That mushroom guy - how dare he!!??! Don't know where he found it but it's an old shot of me! What was that about the nose again? Happy New Year! Will definitely check out mushrooms website. ;-)

 
At 5:57 PM, Blogger Marti said...

That looks like a great place! Will have to make a note to visit (cause I forget things at my advanced age, ya know LOL)

 
At 6:23 PM, Blogger Minka said...

I ama ctually very interested in old photos. maybe because I have only three of myself...but I am hoping over to the mushroom right now!

 
At 7:05 PM, Blogger still life said...

I love going thru old photos, each one does have a story i agree. But like TLP said, it is somewhat disturbing when someone's whole lifee has been abandoned at a thrift shop.

 
At 8:43 PM, Blogger actonbell said...

I meant, Penn State's playing TOMORROW. I'm just a little confused about the date...

 
At 1:01 AM, Blogger Doug said...

Am I first?

CONGRATULATIONS!!!

 

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