A Coke & A Smile

In addition to the broken window, another project I’ve long been meaning to do is widen the narrow section of slopeing walkway at the top of the steps. Seriously there’s only been a couple feet of width between the planter box and the lantana hedge bordered by some river rocks where the concrete meets the dirt , so today I busted out the shovel and as is regularly the case in the course of my excavations, dug up an entirely intact 8-ounce Coca-Cola bottle that had been buried about a foot down.

What barely was left of the logo was white (and that came off in the cleaning). The bottle bottom is embossed with “Fresno, Calif” (indicative of Coke’s Fresno bottling facility) and some other insignia and numbers, but nothing that would clue me as to how old it might be (other than the 10-plus years its been underground.

Comparing it to another 8-ounce Coke bottle I have I noted how much greener this one’s glass is. Maybe that’s a clue. But for now, it’s just another acquisition for my Gallery of Backyarchaeology, though I guess I should call this Frontyarchaeology.

As to widening the walkway? Here’s how things ended up:


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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 laonstage.com, 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."