PHILADELPHIA – Blair Riny Tichards was enjoying a peaceful day at the Shofuso Japanese House and Garden when she came across something she’d never seen before.
“It was just laying on the ground right in front of me. I laughed because at first I thought it was a joke,” said Blair. “Then I thought it was fish food.”
Upon examining the find, an amoeba shaped gooey substance with no distinct coloring, she discovered a name and address and a short, handwritten plea attached.
“It said, ‘if anyone finds this, please return immediately to Sampson Townhouse of downtown Philadelphia. This isn’t a joke. But it could be.’ It was so strange.”
Blair went to the Shofuso welcome desk and explained what she found. She was astonished at the receptionists reaction.
“You’re kidding!” said the Garden employee. “My supervisor tells me that guy has been here every week for ten years. I always thought he was kidding.”
Blair contacted Mr. Townhouse and was greeted with an exuberant thank you. They met a week later.
Townhouse said, “It was a while back, but I remember the weekend when suddenly I didn’t find anything funny. Nothing was enjoyable anymore. I didn’t like comedy. I couldn’t place it. I had lost my sense of humor.”
~ by Dan Plighter