a long story short

no good deed goes unpunished 
said my #1 boss 
his brother asked me
 locate the owner of a mobile
 on the street 
where he lives in soho

 sure i'll do it 

the short version is
 the owner eventually called the phone
he would pick it up from security in the lobby
during our last call his phone minutes ran out
 the call dropped
  i called him back using the number on the caller list 
got his home address
mailed it off wednesday afternoon 

initially searching the phone for leads
the names in his address book
 i opined
might he be a terrorist
i decided 
 just a poor immigrant 
from a third world country 
who lost his ancient flip phone

 i asked his address
he said
2465 Valentine Avenue 

i said
 in the bronx

he said

 i smiled to myself 
my grandparents
 lived on 
valentine avenue 
in the bronx


  1. Immigrant Story! [ We never forget ]

    ALOHA from Honolulu

  2. Six degrees of separation, sometimes less, like a cordless, mobile phone's length.
    What a beautiful name to come home to. Do you know how the street got its name?

  3. Funny how synchronicity pops up like that!

    The collar thingie arrived safe and sound--once the snow had been cleared and the mail could get down my little dead end street! It's perfect. Thank you so much.

  4. Lovely happening! I remember the first street we lived on as newly immigrated political refugees. It was Garden Avenue; another lovely name. :D Love that photo and those brownstones. (Is that what they're called...I think so, but not sure) Beautiful light picking out the architecture. They always remind me of the movie "The Hunger". I used to watch that movie as an impressionable teenager as much for David Bowie and Catherine Deneuve as for the brownstone they lived in.

  5. Quite a tale. The architecture of the row houses appeal to me!

  6. I have found several phones while out and about doing my cell phone thing. Finding the owners is a big hassle so what I do now is drop it off at an office of their carrier. They get it back to him/her. No fuss, no muss.

  7. Lovely tale. And here it is .. the month of Valentine.

  8. Wow, now that's a cool coincidence. Love that shot!