So I’ve wasted blog space and time posting here on B.la about some of the oddball finds I’ve unearthed through the course of various Silver Lake backyard endeavors. It began with a pair of whiskey bottles that could be as much as 50 years old — here, let me put some quotes around the “could be.”
The strange thing is that my excavations don’t have to dig too deep for me to come up with some sort of relic. Just this weekend I uncovered an empty tube of Moll√© brushless shaving cream that was big back in the ’40s. But big whup, right? So I’ve mainly relegated recounting my other finds to my own blog because the treasures have consisted of basically some more bottles (one with some sort of pill still in them), and of all things a teaspoon from the Beverly Hilton — fascinating to a point, but nothing with a whole lot of wow factor involved.
Today was all about the wow. To be honest today was all about the holyfuckingshit (picture on the other side).
It started with me clearing foliage for a river rock-lined brick path up in the back. We have no shortage of either; there’s a pile of stones I call the rock quarry and next to them a tumbledown stack of used brick I call the brickyard. Near to the end of all the manual labor carrying these things up and placing them, I came across a pair of big pieces of poured concrete, perhaps pieces of the house’s old foundation and I decided to haul them out and lug them up to the end of the path where I’d figure out a use for them.
After extracting the second one, a piece of rusty metal caught my eye. With it’s flared rim I thought it was a metal basket or a bucket of some sort, but when I tugged it out of the earth, I found nothing less than a World War II-era German infantryman’s helmet. Dude, in my backyard. Dude… in Silver Lake. WTF!? Unfortunately no sooner was a I carrying the literal rust bucket when the top gave way and the dirt that was filling it spilled to the grass below, leaving me with this…
…and way too many questions: Is it authentic? And if so, how the hell did it end up buried out there? And what the hell else might be lying just beneath the surface?!