While I was out walking this past weekend, I found a recordable CD and an open jewel case by the side of the road. The case was in three pieces -- it looked as if someone had thrown in out of a speeding car -- but the CD was only dirty.
As I'm a nosy person, and there was no one around to yell at me, I took the CD home, cleaned it up, scanned it and played it. I didn't recognize the band or any of the songs, but they were really good. A subsequent lyrics search helped me tag the songs, and it turned out that the CD is an out-of-sequence bootleg of Evans Blue's debut album.
Now I'm curious as to how this CD ended up on the side of the road. It had to be an accidental toss; the music is too good to throw away. The CD is one of those wild-patterned Maxells that looks as if a teenager might have made it. Yes, I know that's poor evidence, but we older music lovers tend to buy in bulk, and these babies are not cheap. Even the order of the songs is interesting -- he* obviously wanted to hear the song Cold (But I'm Still Here) first, and I do that myself when I make car copies of my albums.
I thought, briefly, about putting an ad in the paper. "FOUND: Excellent music on the side of two-lane country road. Case useless but CD rescued. Will return to owner if you tell me how/why it got there. Call and ID track list to claim."
What's the most interesting thing you've found in a strange place?
*I'm also assuming the owner was male; Evans Blue is definitely not a chick band.