October 22, 2006

Lost Glove #102

September 13. On the bridge of lost gloves (stretch of SE 56th Street where it crosses Issaquah Creek. I have seen more lost gloves in this 100-yard stretch of road than anywhere else.)

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Lost Glove #101

Back on September 7th.

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October 17, 2006

Two years later

This was supposed to go up back at the beginning of September, but here is what's left of lost glove #23 two years after I first saw it.


It was still glove-shaped until just a couple days before this picture was taken which is fairly remarkable since it's not in some out of the way spot, it's right in the middle of the driveway for I-90 Motor Sports and must get run over at least a couple times a day.


Here's what it looked like last year.

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October 08, 2006

Lost Glove #100


Well, here we are in triple-digits. Only took 3-1/2 years. This was on Juniper behind Gilman Village back on September 6th.

I was thinking about stopping when I hit 100, but I've already got a few more waiting to be posted, so I'll have to pick some other more arbitrary number if I ever manage to kick the habit.

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October 02, 2006

Lost Glove #99

garden glove beckoning you toward snow cones

See, this one I know exactly where that is. It was taken at the Issaquah Farmer's Market back on 8/26. The people in the background are waiting to buy snow cones. This glove seems to think I should have joined them. (I didn't)

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September 28, 2006

Lost Glove #98

work glove with suede cuff in the gutter

Another glove from back in August. Pretty sure this one was on Gilman Blvd logical-West of the post office.

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September 25, 2006

Lost Glove #97

folded glove with a hole in the pad of the index finger

Taken back on August 14th and I am not sure where I saw it now. You'd think I'd be smart enough to always take at least one picture that places the darn things after all these years. I think it was up on 56th Street just west of 220th Ave, so we'll just let that be the memory, shall we?

Nice to see a glove that actually shows some pre-loss wear and tear.

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July 14, 2006

Lost Glove #96

tattered glove in middle of intersection

I couldn't get any closer to this one without risking life and limb.

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July 11, 2006

Lost Glove #95

work glove on brick roadway

Saw this on Thomas Street in Seattle as we were walking from Seattle Center up the hill to REI last Saturday.

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June 23, 2006

Lost Glove #94

green knit glove with an unravelling finger on gravel
The reason for their discard is more mysterious with some gloves than with others.

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June 15, 2006

Lost Glove #93

glove in gutter across street from Issaquah Library

This glove helped me pass the time while I was waiting for the Issaquah Brewhouse to open for lunch. That's the Issaquah Library across the street.

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June 06, 2006

Lost Gloves in NYC and Paris

Got a note the other day from a correspondent in the Big Apple who has started a blog for Lost Gloves In New York. Go take a look.

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May 15, 2006

Lost in France

Peripatetic foreign correspondent Katherine sent in these nice shots of a separated pair she spotted in the Montpellier Botanic Garden back on May 7th. Thanks for sharing!



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Lost Glove #92

glove with twig and gravel

I was trying to get a shot that showed the ants that were wandering around in the gravel, but anything that read the ants didn't read as a glove.

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Lost Gloves #90 & #91

leather work glove on a right turn arrow

leather work glove in a car detection rectangle

This pair was just far enough apart that I couldn't get them both in the same frame and have them be identifiable as gloves. The two shots work nicely top to bottom like this, don't they?

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Lost Glove #89

Pair of strangely poofy latex gloves at a bus stop
At first glance these seem to be latex gloves and so outside of my charter, but closer inspection revealed that they were knit gloves with latex gloves added as a waterproof outer coating. Pretty clever, really. Their creator should have held onto them.

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Lost Glove #88

orange terry cloth car washing mitt outside a car wash

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May 11, 2006

Lost Glove #87

glove in the middle of the road
This is in the same spot as #57 only this picture is looking in the opposite direction. It's getting so I could almost put together a photo collage of Issaquah from all these crazy pictures.

It's also getting so I'm having a hard time finding an original picture to take. These last three are nearly identical poses and even before this it wasn't exactly untilled ground. At all.

Could I be coming to the end of the series? Or do I just need to dig a little deeper to find some new pictures?

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Lost Glove #86

glove on the ground by a hedge by a building

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Lost Glove #85

glove across the street from a sunlit high-tech building

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April 27, 2006

Glove map update

In preparation for offering some more lost glove pictures for sale next weekend, I updated the map of glove sighting locations. I'm going to have to find a different way of doing this pretty soon.


Click the image for a slightly bigger (and less dithered) view. Can you deduce where I live, where I work, and how I get from one to the other from this map?

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April 24, 2006

Lost Glove in Dilbert

A lost glove mention in today's Dilbert.

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April 20, 2006

Lost Glove #84

glove in the middle of a bike lane

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April 18, 2006

Lost Glove #83

gray rubberized glove disappearing into roadside detritus and dandelions

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April 05, 2006

Lost Glove #82

cloth glove on a fence rail

This one is along the same stretch of trail as #79. In fact, the good samaritan who laid it across the fence rail picked up #79 too.

two gloves on a fence rail, a parked xtracycle, and a cyclist

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Lost Glove #81

blue rubberized glove in parking lot outside Home Depot

I wonder what portion of the lost gloves in Issaquah come from here?

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April 02, 2006

Lost Glove #80

red and black glove near a puddle with reflection of sky and power lines

We were out for a walk today and saw this. Went back by bike with my camera and took a bunch of pictures. There are several puddles around it so it was fun playing with the reflections.

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Lost Glove #79

bright blue glove alongside trail behind split rail fence

I kept riding by this one when I was in a hurry to get to work and didn't have time to stop to get its picture. It's so blue! This is along the newly opened East Lake Sammamish Trail.

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March 24, 2006

Lost Glove #78

green glove with gripper dots on grey gravel

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March 20, 2006

Lost Glove #77

inside-out glove under a freeway overpass
Becky pointed this one out for me and got to watch as I walked all around it looking for a picture that wasn't just "glove on pavement".

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March 07, 2006

Lost Glove #76

blue rubberized canvas work glove on a divided highway

I think these "divided highway" signs are a relic of the days when this stretch of Gilman Blvd was part of the highway that became I-90. If I'm right then they're older than I am.

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March 03, 2006

Lost Gloves #75

pair of black knit gloves entwined and surrounded by gravel and dead grass

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February 26, 2006

Lost Glove #74

blue ski glove on a plastic bus-stop bench

This glove missed its bus.

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February 25, 2006

Lost Glove #73

glove in the middle of the road at night

It's been a pretty sparse glove winter so far.

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Lost Glove #72

bluegreen rubber glove on pebbly sidewalk
This one kind of creeps me out. Even apart from the rubber glove ick factor, the way it seems to be stretched out of shape is just too organic.
A UPS delivery guy saw me taking this one and thought I'd be interested in the guy he saw elsewhere in the parking lot sitting in his car with the engine running, tossing his McDonalds wrappers on the ground outside his window. The UPS guy was pretty appalled, but I couldn't help thinking of Edward Abbey's comments to the effect that roads are so ugly and wasteful that a little litter doesn't really make much difference.

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January 31, 2006

Glove sighted in Vancouver

Fellow blogger Gillian Gunson alerted me to this great lost glove picture she took with her Lomo fisheye.

I almost feel bad for infecting all my readers with this lost glove meme. Once you start seeing them you pretty much can't stop.

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January 15, 2006

Lost Glove #71

very wet grey glove in the middle of a very wet street
With the heavy rain we've gotten the last couple of weeks, the pedestrian underpass I usually ride to get to work has flooded so I had to take another route which led past this extremely soggy glove.

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January 08, 2006

Contributed glove cluster

Work Glove garbage.jpg

Karina Bergmans (she of the lost mitten sleeping bag) sent me this picture of an unlikely assemblage of lost gloves. (What should the collective noun for lost gloves be?)

Here's what Karina had to say about the picture:

I saw this accumulation of work gloves and took this picture for you.

It was outside a hydro building or some other obscure fenced in
building that you're not sure what it is.

But 10 work gloves, all piled up like that?

Must have been in the garbage and missed the truck.

Too weird!

Thanks, Karina!

And with that, we conclude this episode of lost glove catch up Sunday.

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Lost Glove #70

glove draped over a handrail

This was just last Friday, so today's glove post torrent is almost done.

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Lost Glove #69

glove in a halo of wet pavement

This was not the first picture I took of this glove, but it was the first picture I knew I was taking of this glove.

The first picture I took is 41 seconds into this timelapse video (10MB AVI) of my new year's day bike ride up a really big hill to the new Caffe Ladro in the Issaquah Highlands. I didn't know there was a glove in the video because at the point where I passed the glove, the only thing I was thinking about was trying to catch my breath. On my way back home I saw it and took the picture above and hence knew to look for it in the video, and lo, there it was.

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Contributed glove

blue nitrile glove on the floor of an elevator. eww.

I don't usually capture disposable gloves (partly cause of the "Eww!" factor, partly cause I have to draw a line somewhere), but I'll make an exception for this one.

My dad took this picture in the elevator at the hospital while my nephew Nathan was getting himself born. (The story on that page is behind the times. Nathan is home now and doing fine)

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Lost Glove #68

blue polar fleece glove on a cement wall
Outside the Burke Museum on Boxing Day. They had a wonderful exhibit of photos taken in the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge by Subhankar Banerjee. Follow that link back there. About a dozen of Banerjee's pictures are behind it and none of them has lost gloves in them. They're quite stunning.

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Still lost

glove partly obscured by half-decayed leaves and gravel

One year ago this one was sitting on a post. It moved to a nearby parking strip a few days later and has been there ever since.

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Lost Glove #67

black REI glove on pavement

Still working off the backlog from the blog outage. This was in the middle of the three-lane road to work back on December 5th. Of course it's in a suburban office park and I took the picture at about 9pm on my way home, so there wasn't much chance I'd get run over.

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December 28, 2005

Lost Glove #66

tiny patch of black glove looking out from under a layer of snow

This picture was taken the day after this glove's debut in my video posting back on 12/1, so I can't take credit for spotting it here under its blanket of snow.

The glove stayed there on the bench for about a week but on the Monday following a weekend planting party in the area it was gone.

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Lost Glove #65

gunk-encrusted cloth glove behind caution tape

This was in Lincoln City, OR where we spent Thanksgiving weekend. If the sky weren't completely blown out you could see the Pacific Ocean about even with the fence by the bushes in the background.

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December 01, 2005


ultrapod strapped to bicycle handlebar stemOne of the hacks in O'Reilly's cool Digital Photography Hacks book made me want to get an UltraPod mini tripod, so when I saw an Eddie Bauer branded one at the outlet store in Lincoln City over the weekend I snagged it. As you can see, it very nicely straps to the stem on my mountain bike and allows me to do timelapse movies of bike rides like I've been wanting to do for a long time. (Yes, I am a big dork. Why do you ask?)

Today I tried it out and took this movie (38 second 6.2MB AVI video Beware of that link if you're on a dialup connection (this means you, Mom)) of my daily commute route. There's a little surprise about half-way through that should be amusing to my regular readers.

My camera (Pentax Optio S4) takes 1-minute video clips but it has a feature to spread that one minute out over 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, or 100 minutes of real time. This movie was shot in 20x mode. 10x wouldn't be long enough for my commute unless I rode a bit faster than I tend to, or took a more car-filled route.

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October 29, 2005

Lost Glove #64 and a show

puffy gore tex winter glove and fallen leaves along curb
Seen a few days ago on my way from work to dinner.

Becky and her art buddies are having a show and sale in a house up in Everett next weekend and I'll be showing prints of some of my lost glove pictures. The other artists do a wide variety of work from traditional and original paper-cuttings to acrylic paintings to homemade journals to Becky's mixed media stuff. If Everett isn't too far out of your way, I'll stick details and directions after the cut.

Art & Craft Sale
12128 49th Drive SE, Everett, WA
Saturday, November 5, 10am to 4pm
Sunday, November 6, 10am to 4pm

Featuring talented local artists
with all original artwork:
Acrylics – Watercolors – Collage
Photography – Fibers – Paper-cuttings
And more!

Get your Christmas shopping done early with one-of-a kind gifts. Find something extraordinary for yourself. You will love what you see and want to take it all home! Come fill your day with art and meet the artists, too. We hope to see you!

The Goodpastures
12128 49th Drive SE
Everett, WA 98208
1. Take Interstate 5 to Exit 186 (128th Street EAST).
2. Take 128th Street EAST (after a few blocks, 128th becomes 132nd Street).
3. After 1˝ miles or so, you will pass McDonalds's, a Shell station on the right, and a school on the left.
4. Continue and make a left at Seattle Hill Road.
5. Make a left at 51st Avenue SE (very first street on the left).
6. Go past two stop signs.
7. Make a left on 122nd Street SE.
8. Continue and make a right on 49th Drive (corner house with rope fence).

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Lost Glove #63

black canvas work glove in amongst wind-blown pine needles and a branch
This was just around the corner from my house one night two weeks ago.

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October 05, 2005

Lost Glove #62

black rubber glove in a bike lane
This specimen was right in the middle of one of the few bike lanes in Issaquah.

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October 03, 2005

Found gloves

disposable gloves on a dirty keyboard
At work this weekend I was doing some maintenance that required me to visit a large number of my coworkers' computers. I started laughing when I got to this one and saw the pair of disposable gloves draped across the keyboard. There's some ambiguity about whether the gloves were intended as a comment on my glove habit or as a prophylacitc measure against the grungy keyboard. I suspect it was a little of each.

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September 28, 2005

Lost Glove #61

well-worn glove on dirty, spray-painted sidewalk

Wow, it's been a bonanza week for gloves, eh? This one is satisfyingly well-worn unlike most I see which look like they were practically new before they were lost.

This one also gives me an opportunity to vent a little. It's sitting on the sidewalk in a construction zone that's been making my ride home from work each night an adventure. This is one of the streets between work and home and it's been closed to traffic all this week. The other street between work and home is open, but the sidewalk and right lane are closed and torn up with other construction. If I were driving it wouldn't be a big deal, but biking a busy street that's been funnelled down to one lane is not a recipe for happy fun time. Hopefully all this night work will get the job done soon.

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Lost Glove #60

white knit rubberized glove on pavement with cars and sky in background

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September 24, 2005

Lost Glove #59


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September 23, 2005

Lost Glove #58

knitted glove with fake fur cuff

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September 19, 2005

Lost Glove #57

rubberized canvas glove on a freeway onramp

Saw this on my way to dinner through one of the least pedestrian-friendly areas in all of Issaquah.

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September 18, 2005

Lost Glove #56

Glove on brick walk by tree near post office
Saw this on Saturday. Today it was gone. At least one of my readers may recognize this non-Issaquah location.

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September 06, 2005

Glove anniversaries

flattened, tattered, and worn garden glove on pavement

This glove appeared in this spot a year ago today and hasn't moved more than a few inches since. You'd think it would be in some out of the way spot, but it's right in the middle of the driveway for a local motorcycle shop. It became one with the pavement almost immediately.

crumpled knitted glove with gravel and clover
This one, on the other hand, reappeared last week. I first saw it back in July of last year. It sat in the gravel driveway to a water pumping station for a while and disappeared as the weeds grew up around it. Last week they came through and mowed and there it was in pretty much the same spot.

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August 25, 2005

Lost Gloves #55

pair of knit cotton gloves, palms up, thumbs and index fingers overlapping
My friend Marilyn clued me in to the location of this pair about which she said "They look like a happy couple."

I about had a heart attack riding my bike up the enormous hill on whose slope they were resting in their conjugal bliss. I tried to take a picture that depicted how steep the road was, but you can't really tell. Plus, I liked the tire tracks you can see in this shot. I'll shoot the others up to Flickr for the curious.

My descent was as harrowing as the ascent was strenuous. I kept my speed under 35 through nearly continuous application of the brakes, but my brain always presents me with images of blowouts whenever I go fast on two wheels. No mishaps to report, fortunately.

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July 26, 2005

Lost mitten sleeping bag

Karina Bergmans of the always entertaining art blog Kaleidoscope Art made a sleeping bag out of lost mittens she found around Candada (mostly Toronto, Montreal, and Ottawa, I think). Last weekend she got a chance to try it out on a camping trip.

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July 13, 2005

Lost Glove #54

leather work glove in weeds by wooden fence

I had an "off-site meeting" this afternoon and ran across this specimen on my way back from the park^Wmeeting.

In other lost-glove-related news, there's another lost glove blog out there. Mange Tout's Lost Gloves seems to be London-based despite the Francophone alias. It's amazing how little the style of gloves found varies across national boundaries.

Update: Mange Tout kindly informs me in comments that my location guess was off by 70 miles with the real location being on the south coast of England.

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July 10, 2005

Lost Glove #53

white glove crumpled longitudinally

We went to a friend's art installation on Beacon Hill and saw this on the way from the bus to the gallery.

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July 07, 2005

Lost Glove #52

glove in rough with spray painted pavement

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June 26, 2005

Lost Glove #51 revisited


After only a week on the street, not only is Lost Glove #51 starting to look a little frayed around the edges, it's also displaying a bit of an attitude.

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June 18, 2005

Lost Glove #51

glove on pavement forming a fist

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May 17, 2005

Lost Glove #50

blue glove in crosswalk

This is almost surely the other half of yesterday's.

It's also the same kind of glove and in almost exactly the same place as #44.

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May 16, 2005

Lost Glove #49

yet another blue rubberized work glove

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May 12, 2005

Lost Gloves #48

nice black leather motorcycle gloves in the middle of the road

These are the nicest gloves I've seen lost so far. This street serves only one office so I think it's likely that their (the gloves') owner will go through here again soon and find them.

I had my 35mm camera with the 28mm lens on with me so I took some shots with that too. This picture is from the OptioS4.

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April 20, 2005

Lost glove #47

glove with cars and cottonwood
It must be spring, gloves are defecting right and left. This is just 20 meters from yesterday's pair (which were gone this morning).

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Lost gloves #45 & #46

leather work glove in a bike lane

I was just thinking the other day that it had been a while since the Bridge of Lost Gloves (1, 2, 6, 10, 14, 30 & 31) had claimed any. And now here's a pair.

leather work glove with a red plastic bead on its adjuster

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Lost glove #44

blue glove in the middle of a crosswalk
This one's from a couple of weeks ago. Cat blogging took precedence that day and then I forgot about it.

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April 03, 2005

Lost Gloves #43

pair of gloves on the sea wall at Stanley Park, Vancouver BC

Our first full day in Vancouver we did some walking in Stanley Park and spotted this pair (which I'll count as one glove since they were right together) on the sea wall.

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Lost Glove #42

glove with retracted fingers

We went to Vancouver B.C. last week, and five minutes after getting off the train I spied this subject in the middle of a jogging trail. I would have tried for a more interesting picture, but we were tired (we had to catch the train from Seattle at 7am for crying out loud), hungry, and starting to get cranky in the rain carrying all our luggage and not exactly sure where we were going.

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March 18, 2005

Lost Glove #41

glove in the gutter

Riding home from dinner in the dark had to screech to a stop and park the bike to catch this guy in the gutter pretty far off my usual routes.

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March 02, 2005

Lost glove sites

I got a nice email the other day from Annie Johnson drawing my attention to her new lost glove site, http://www.lostglove.co.uk/. It's a hoot! Annie and her friends have been collecting lost gloves they see around the town of York in Northern England. The site features pictures of lost gloves, explanation of the mission of their project, and a Glove Patrol section where individual contributors get credit for their finds. There's even a bulletin board for discussion of topics glovey. There are 445 gloves in her collection which she started at the beginning of 2004. And you thought I was obsessed! Of course York has nearly 200,000 people while Issaquah has less than 10,000 so it's only natural they have a lot more lost gloves than we do, plus they're about 6 degrees farther north than I am and have quite a bit more freezing weather. With the advent of the website, Annie hopes that it will become possible for people to find their lost gloves on her site and be reunited with them.

And speaking of reuniting lost handgear with its owners, this week I also stumbled across Canada's National Post's new National Mitten Registry which exists for this very purpose. Canadians from all provinces are encouraged to send in found gloves in exchange for a handy tote bag. Once received, the gloves are posted on the registry site where they wait hopefully for their owners to see them.

So Canada and York are covered. What happens to lost gloves in your neighborhood?

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Lost Glove #40

glove on garbage can alongside walking trail

I assume this glove got a lift to this perch from some samaritan. It's been about a week since I took the picture and it's still there.

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January 31, 2005

Lost Glove #39

glove in the gutter near a man hole cover

This one is about 15 feet off of my commute route. I wouldn't have noticed it except I drove through this intersection a couple of days ago and it caught my eye. Sought it out for a picture on my way home tonight.

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January 28, 2005

Lost Gloves #37 & #38

tan leather work glove on a fog line

The left was straddling the fog line and as soon as I got off the bike to take its picture I saw its mate in the ditch.

tan leather work glove becoming one with the verge

There are a record number of gloves out on my routes right now. #23 from back in September is still there becoming one with the pavement. #33 reappeared recently after disappearing under a pile of leaves for a while. Then #35, #36, and these two haven't had time to move too far yet.

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Lost Glove #36

soggy glove with leaves

Saw this one on Monday.

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January 27, 2005

Lost Glove #35

rubberized work glove on paved shoulder alongside cracked concrete road surface

Sometimes I think I should call these Pavement Snapshots instead of Lost Gloves. I liked how the composition came out on this one, but the one below is more fun despite its flaws.

glove, yellow curb, XXX drive in

This glove is from back on January 5th. Since these shots were taken, it has moved about 20 feet to the NW.

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December 15, 2004

City of lost gloves

Map showing locations of all the lost gloves I've seen

It's a new level of obsessiveness! Stole the map from the city web page and spent a ridiculous amount of time fussing with the dots and numbers and arrows in AppleWorks.

Wish I could remember where the heck I saw #27.

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December 14, 2004

Lost Glove #34

wet leather work glove in roadway

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December 02, 2004

Lost Glove #33

glove on fencepost

One of the things I like about taking photos of lost gloves is that there is nothing intentional about a lost glove. The only intention in these pictures is what I contribute myself as I frame the shot and click the shutter.

In this case I'm not sure that's true since it seems unlikely that somebody carefully set their glove on the top of this fence post (it's actually the handrail of a foot bridge across the North Fork of Issaquah Creek, but it looks like a fence post) and then failed to retrieve it. I suspect someone saw the glove on the ground and set it here so its owner might find it more easily. But maybe not. Who knows?

I chose this particular picture because it reminds me of the Bush as Post Turtle joke.

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November 22, 2004

Lost Glove #32

foreground: leather work glove, background: receding roadway, flyover freeway ramp, forested hillside

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November 15, 2004

Lost Gloves #30 & #31

white knitted work glove with blue rubberized palm on paint-spattered pavement

Last week the Bridge of Lost Gloves claimed another pair.

Run! It's alive!!!

I would have posted them before now, but there have been computer issues around here for the past week. More about that later.

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November 08, 2004

Lost Glove #29

fuzzy light green woman's glove on a sidewalk

On the sidewalk outside Shanghai Garden where I got my lunch today. (Szechuan Chicken in Hot Garlic Sauce. Yum.)

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Lost Glove #28

glove and fire hydrant by streetlight

Last Thursday we went to the Seattle First Baptist Church to see and hear author Wendell Berry read from his latest novel. Readers of Mad Times may recognize Mr. Berry's name from the header of this very blog since it was a line from one of his poems that led me to my title.

Berry reads with a soft, slow Kentucky accent that could lull you to sleep if it weren't also making you relish every phrase. The reading was delightful.

And it was well worth the logistical hassle of getting me to Capitol Hill from downtown Issaquah without a car in time for the 7:00 reading. I was hiking up Madison from 4th Avenue where I got off the 554 bus. I'd detoured half a block north to check the menu at Star Thai and decide whether I had time to grab a bite (didn't). Walking back to Madison, I saw this glove.

Life goes on.

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October 04, 2004

Lost Glove #27


I'm trying to decide how obsessive to get about this whole lost glove thing. So far I've posted a picture of every glove I've seen since the first one back in January of 2003. Well, I decided not to post the rubber glove I saw last week.

I think it would help if I posted some non-glove pictures to mix things up a little. Maybe soon.

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Lost Glove #26


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September 13, 2004

Lost Glove #25

We went to my father-in-law's place in eastern Oregon over the weekend. On Sunday I wandered up the road to visit the site of LG#8. I didn't expect to find the glove since we'd already heard the tale of the towing of the truck on whose running board it had been perched. Sure enough it was nowhere to be seen. I wandered around the locality a bit looking at the junk that accumulates in out-of-sight corners of rural properties, and as I turned to head back toward the house I looked down. At my feet, another one.

knit glove nearly embedded in sandy soil

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September 06, 2004

Lost Gloves #23 & 24

I was walking from home to work to get my bike which I'd left at work last week so I could drive the car home which I had left there because my keys were locked inside. Quite the transportational comedy. Anyway, look, a glove.

four fingers and the folded-in thumb of a cheap garden glove

After shooting it I resumed my walk and had only gone 30 feet before I spied its mate down in the ditch. People have started making fun of me for taking these. I have a whole rationale for why I continue to find meaning in photographing misplaced handwear. I'd probably make fun of me too.

squirrel's eye view of a glove in a ditch

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July 20, 2004

Lost Glove #22


Lost glove with lost penny.

I'm pretty sure this wasn't here last night when I photographed #21 just 50 feet away. I walked back and forth between them to confirm that they were not a complete pair, but two different lost singles.

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July 19, 2004

Lost Glove #21


On Gilman at the entrance to the stub of Rainier that goes to Zetec and is being contemplated as a third freeway crossing for our macadam-obsessed town.

This is about 20 feet from where glove #3 was.

I need to make a map while I can still remember where I saw them all.

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July 09, 2004

Lost Glove #20


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June 04, 2004

Lost Glove #19


Was late for a meeting this morning cause I had to stop and shoot this glove in the bike lane on East Lake Sammamish Parkway. Gotta have your priorities!

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May 22, 2004

Lost Glove #18

striped and spotted glove on an antique vanity

Saw this in a local antique mall. Neither price tag nor mate was in evidence.

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May 02, 2004

Lost Glove #17


A non-Issaquah glove. Down the street from the Crest movie theatre in Seattle.

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April 21, 2004

Lost Glove #16


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April 19, 2004

Lost Glove #15

glove in a gutter

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March 07, 2004

Lost Gloves in Europe

A commenter left a link to http://www.lostglovegallery.com/ with lots of pictures of lost gloves and a stated mission of reuniting them with their owners. Soon to be accepting submissions, evidently. Most are in Germany, a few in France.

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February 19, 2004

Lost Glove #14

glove040219aT.jpgMight be the same glove as #11 which might have been the mate of #6. If it is the same, it has moved halfway from the spot where I saw it first to the spot where I saw its possible mate first.

Or it could be that someone around here considers this flavor of glove disposable.

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February 08, 2004

Lost Glove #13

glove040208T.jpgA couple of weeks ago I was late for a meeting at work and took the shorter, but higher traffic way to work and as I rushed by I noticed what I thought was a glove. I went out for a purely recreational ride today and coincidentally ended up passing this corner with enough time to snap a shot.
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January 19, 2004

Lost gloves in New York

Faithful reader Dan points out this item from Talk of the Town in The New Yorker about Alexandra Horowitz, a fellow collector of lost gloves.

Last winter, Horowitz began collecting the misplaced—trampled, forlorn, snot-slicked—mittens and gloves that she saw on the street, not for the sake of research or even, God forbid, art, but out of some deep-seated altruistic urge to see them reunited with their other halves.

Hers is more of an active search than the passive discovery that informs my own lost glove studies. She has a collection of 118+ gloves and mittens (excluding work gloves and disposables which she doesn't disturb), 10 times the number I have seen around Issaquah in a similar period, but that's no surprise since there are probably far beyond 10 times as many walkers on any given street in NYC than in my car-centric suburb.

As to motive, she says, "The melancholy of a lost glove sitting in the middle of a sidewalk struck me as minorly tragic, for the glove and for its owner." And on that I agree completely.

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January 14, 2004

Lost Glove #12

glove040114T.jpgFirst lost glove of 2004. First lost glove with the OptioS4. I was spoiled by the fixed focus on the Chameleon. I haven't mastered the idiosyncracies of the Pentax's auto-focus yet. And sadly even at maximum enlargement on the lcd, it's hard to tell if you've gotten a sharp picture in the field. More practice is needed.

Anyway, this glove is in the gated fire lane behind the King County Courthouse in Issaquah.

My friends are starting to tease me about my glove fetish. I just keep seeing them. It's strange what you see around you if you adjust your focus. It's bizarre that so many gloves are lost in the three miles between my house and my job. Only two of the gloves I've posted so far (#7 and #8) have been outside of this tiny area. I should make a map while I can still remember them all.

I gave the gloves their own category so I don't have to keep putting in links to previous entries in the series.

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December 21, 2003

Lost Glove #11

glove in the grassI wonder if this is the mate of LG#6 from back in June? It's a half a mile away and six months later, but it is the right (left vs. June's right) hand and same basic flavor... Hmmm.

Previous lost gloves:

#10 | #9 | #8 | #7 | #6 | #5 | #4 | #3 | #2 | #1

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December 18, 2003

Lost Glove #10

glove in the roadglove in the road at nightAnother victim of the Bridge of Lost Gloves. The picture on the left was taken on my way to work, the one on the right on the way home. In seven hours it had moved about 10 yards to the west, but was still in the same location in the same lane. Maybe I could get a grant to study glove migration patterns...

Previous lost gloves:

#9 | #8 | #7 | #6 | #5 | #4 | #3 | #2 | #1

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November 08, 2003

Lost glove #9

rubber glove on a sidewalkI don't know if you can really say that a disposable glove is "lost", but this one was sitting alone in the middle of the Rainier Trail on a recent sunny day.

Previous lost gloves:

#8 | #7 | #6 | #5 | #4 | #3 | #2 | #1

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August 06, 2003

Lost Glove #8

This one's on the running board of a 1940s International truck parked out back of my father-in-law's place on the North Fork of the John Day River in Eastern Oregon.

#7 | #6 | #5 | #4 | #3 | #2 | #1

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July 26, 2003

Lost Glove #7

In Seattle waiting for a light at 50th and Stone Way, saw this glove a couple of cars away. My camera isn't really up to this shot, but if you click through to the full-size version you can just make out the thumb sticking up.

#6 | #5 | #4 | #3 | #2 | #1

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June 25, 2003

Lost glove #6

yet another lost gloveThis is at the same spot as LG#1 and LG#2. Hereafter, this location will be known as the Bridge of Lost Gloves.

#5 | #4 | #3 | #2 | #1

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May 05, 2003

Lost glove #5

Under the 1-90 overpass along Rainier avenue. (here)

I'm not making any special efforts here to find these gloves, they're just turning up along my normal commute routes.

At this same spot there's a pair of rubber gloves that I'd guess were discarded by a graffiti tagger (the taggers are in a constant give and take on this overpass with the painters from the DOT), but I decided that since they weren't "lost" in the strictest sense of the word they didn't qualify for this series.

#4 | #3 | #2 | #1

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April 29, 2003

Lost glove #4

Lost pair.

On SE 51st Street just before Siemens' driveway.

#3 | #2 | #1

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April 25, 2003

Lost Glove #3

This one is just off Gilman Blvd behind the caboose.

#2 | #1

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April 22, 2003

Lost glove #2

Rachel was entertained by my last lost-glove picture (from my pre-"Mad Times" photo log) so when I saw another one I thought I'd start a series. The weird thing is that this one is in almost exactly the same spot as the last one.
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