Getting A Handle On It

2007 has not seen a lot of me digging up the backyard the way I did in 2006. Last year I undertook a number of projects that resulted in some relatively serious — if mostly surface — excavating, and as some of you might recall I came up with a menagerie of metal and glassware, everything from intact whisky bottles that could possibly date back to the Prohibition Era, and a rusted out WWII German infantryman’s helmet.

This year, nothing like that’s come up. And pretty much anything that’s been found is most likely a result from the perpetual plowing performed by Ranger who is many beloved things to us including a dedicated dang diggity diggah dawg.

Which on the heels of the bottle brought up a couple days ago brings me today’s additions (however insignificant) to the Campbell Museum Of Backyarchaelogy: an old iron handle (perhaps at one time to a wooden chest of some sort… treasure maybe!?) and a 1962D penny, both found in two separate places near to some of Ranger’s earth-moving activity (click to enlarge):


Granted, there’s no way to prove the penny didn’t drop out of my pocket last week rather than someone else’s 44 years ago, and the handle isn’t really much more than a momentary curiosity, but to the permanent collection they’ve been added.

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Will Campbell arrived in town via the maternity ward at Good Sam Hospital way back in OneNineSixFour and has never stopped calling Los Angeles home. Presently he lives in Silver Lake with his wife Susan, their cat Rocky, dogs Terra and Hazel, and a red-eared slider turtle named Mater. Blogging since 2001, Will's web endeavors extend back to 1995 with, a comprehensive theater site that was well received but ever-short on capital (or a business model). The pinnacle of his online success (which speaks volumes) arrived in 1997, when much to his surprise, a hobby site he'd built called VisuaL.A. was named "best website" in Los Angeles magazine's annual "Best of L.A." issue. He enjoys experiencing (and writing about) pretty much anything creative, explorational and/or adventurous, loves his ebike, is a better tennis player than he is horr golfer, and a lover of all creatures great and small -- emphasis on "all."