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Watchout! Sand Creatures

After a long day of exploring the stunning landscapes of the Mojave Desert, we thought we’d go “antiquing”, having heard people boast about their finds at the local antique shops. We drove up and down the main strip, and pulled into a promising looking venue, a fenced-in yard filled with bric-a-brac and cardboard boxes. There were two other young couples in there, with dismayed expressions on their faces. “Nothing good left,” one of them said as he passed me. Not one to be easily deterred, I ignored his warning and  wandered deeper into the piles of boxes. I took note of the waterstained self-help books and the  unopened mail marked “Urgent: Open By December 6, 2002”. I used my shoe to poke around in a box of miscellany, and approached a vintage Crock-Pot for a closer look, only to discover some petrified stew coating the bottom.

I grew increasingly uncomfortable at this display of household charnel, as if its misery could rub off on me. Normally, objects at yard sales and flea markets call out to me in one way or another, with some song of nostalgia or potential. But this was truly a graveyard, and a neglected one at that. I even felt a vague sense of danger, as if this yard was laid out as bait, to lure people from the road into some kind of trap. Nothing good left, indeed. Where were all the great antiques people bragged about?  Could this really be it?

We left to get some BBQ and regain our strength – and on the way, we spotted this lowly banana peel sunning itself in the sand.

On the way out of town, we passed a strip of lovely looking antique shops, only a half mile down the road. But by that time, it was too late to stop. Oh well, we said. Next time.

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Watchout! Hidden Danger

Here’s something new. Whether it’s their intimidating appearance or a lack of better options, some peels are apparently being hired as security guards, preventing unauthorized access to restricted locations. Z.R., a watchful reader from London, spotted this fresh one on Nov. 10. So far, they seem to be limited to low-level posts like fire doors and street gutters, but we’ll see what happens. Don’t be surprised if you spot a peel guarding the entrance to your local Walgreens or convenience store sometime soon.

A peel working as a security guard.

A peel working as a security guard.

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Watchout! Tragic downfall

After being discarded, this peel was treated roughly by the unforgiving Los Angeles traffic and a poorly maintained street. Although disgraced and reviled, like an impoverished princess in ragged finery, it still wears its bright blue sticker, that distinct emblem of quality, reminding us of its proud heritage, and that once, not so long ago, it was a fine, ripe piece of fruit.

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watchout! Hollywood Hazards

Hollywood Sign, April 5, 11:49 AM

The path to fame is littered with dangers. This slippery character was spotted next to the Hollywood sign on April 5, at 11:49 AM.

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Hollywood Sign, April 5. A dog surveys the remains of several perished fruits.

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watchout! Slugs in the grass

UC Santa Cruz, April 25, right next to a banana slug.

We spotted this badly camouflaged intruder on the UC Santa Cruz campus on April 25, stealthily positioned right next to a banana slug.

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