Lake City Strip Club Nightmare Realized, Unsolicited Jesus Notes from 1973, and Lawnmower Justice!


oh big deal. The builder of our house slipped in a then-current issue of TIME magazine (Jackie Robinson was on the cover, Crosley autos got 45+ mpg, and boy howdy did one shell out for transatlantic phone calls and radio entertainment centers!!), where he'd written in pencil the cost of wood for the house, a carpenter's hourly wage, and the anticipated selling price of our house. We discovered the magazine when we remodeled the kitchen.
wow! 1973, that is practically ancient! I don't think there are even people alive today to tell us the great things that happened during that legendary time period, I am personally surprised it's written in decipherable English, and on white paper nonetheless, I didn't even realize it existed back then! Did anyone call an archaeologist to make sure we can properly preserve this artifact? (ok, sorry, I was just making fun of the commenters on the queen anne blog who seem to think this dumb note is the bees knees, come on guys, people find this stuff all the time, it's not even blog-worthy in a time when people blog their bowel movement schedules)
70's. Wood paneling. Classic.

As someone who lives a few blocks away from Pandora's I'd like to point out that while it's on Lake City Way it's not in Lake City. The place also looks like a fucking bunker right now, I'd rather they get some gaudy neon up (or just close) because it's seriously creepy looking.
For what it's worth, the world probably is a little bit better than it was in 1973.
I'd agree with that, Doug. Oh, the music was better then, and Saturday Night Live was actually funny. But at least people aren't being drafted and sent to Vietnam now.
Oh for sure, Doug. I mean, in 1973 America was stuck dealing with a seemingly unending war, there were chronic energy and food crises, inflation/stagflation casting a pall over the economy, and key demographic groups had their basic civil rights kept in limbo. I'm glad we aren't dealing with those problems anymore!
Frederick & Nelson was still alive and selling very cool Dansk dinnerware in 1973. Across the street, I. Magnin was selling Halston. You could walk onto a plane without going through security in 1973. City Light still had a Home Economics Department, and because of that, you got a fun little recipe with every power bill.

Other than that, though, I agree that things are much better now. Mostly.

And, since you bought it up, let the naked ladies dance, while the people who like to watch naked ladies dance have a good stiff drink!
I found funny pages from the 50's in the walls while redoing our kitchen, and l lost a whole day when I was supposed to be assembling Ikea cabinets or something sitting in the middle of the floor reading them ...
Hey, I said "a little bit." Despite the analogs between then and now, at least now, er, well—hey, crime's way down. That's something. Oh, and we finally all commute to work via personal helicopter. That's happening now—
Are we married to Diane Keaton yet?
I'll take Karen Black, myself. ;^)
Hah! When I was doing some minor remodeling a few years ago, I found wads of newspaper stuffed in the walls (as a cheap form of insulation, I guess) from 1943. Probably didn't do much good as insulation, but was fun to read when I discovered it.
@6: SNL debuted in 1975. So the question is, is today's SNL better than The Midnight Special?
That note is wonderful, even if it invokes the powerless spectre of Jesus. I've left lots of little notes like that in things I've had a hand in building in, or elsewhere. I'd love to find one myself.
In the 70's people were more likely to have health insurance, the social safety net hadn't been dismantled, and "working class" and "working poor" weren't the synonymous, so it wasn't all bad.
I love doing this. Whenever I'm covering up a hole or boarding up a wall in my house I leave a note for the next person with a newspaper from that day. I figure it will be fun for the next rehabber.
The paneling story is cool, but not as cool as the story of the woman in MN who found about 15 liters of turn-of-the-century booze in the wall of her house.