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Be it ironic or coincidental, yesterday — my first as a fully empowered self-employer — also proved to be the first day in a long time (August 25, 2009, to be exact) that I unearthed a new treasure from our endlessly surprising backyard, the area behind our barbecue grill to be exact. And this time I didn’t have to dig deep at all.

I found myself back there trying to add a makeshift strut to support the increasingly troublesome lean of the fence our neighbors to the south had poorly erected in 2004, not long after I met Susan. Looking down I caught the edge of what I thought might be another historic Batchelder tile to add to the collection of four previously dug up.

Instead, beneath about an inch of soil, I found something of a multi-material mosaic tile — made of concrete, not clay — measuring 9″ x 11″ and embedded with broken bits of differently colored ceramic tile, and a fragment of shattered glass (click for the bigger picture):

I recovered and reglued the pieces of glass, which had come loose, but whatever might have been set in the now-empty channels that run diagonally between the left and top edges seems to either have been lost, or awaiting eventually discovery nearby.

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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."