Sunday, July 23, 2017

Beach Mystery

A beautiful day at the beach
Here is a mystery for you . . . .

It has been windy the past few days here in Cape Breton, and although I am a five minute walk to the beach, I could hear the waved crashing on the shore all day yesterday. Early this morning I decided to walk down to the beach, and see what the wind and waves brought ashore. I did not find much washed onto the beach, but I did find a mystery.

Washing Ashore
Well above the high tide line sitting on a rock was a pair of pants and a jacket. I left them there as sometimes people are exploring like I was and will return, but after walking all the way down the beach I continued to be alone wandering the beach. Going back to the items, I thought I’d check for any ID, thinking I might be able to return the items. They were good quality items, “Clairbourn” or some other “designer” label. There was no real identification in either item, but there was a dry envelope (so they did not wash ashore . .) from Sprott School of Business, Carleton University. The front of the envelope had a hand written note in two different handwriting “for deposit – 70487106” and the name “Brian Peters”. On the back was a post-it note from smith&nephew with a list of things to do.
Left Behind

            Take cheques /deposit
            ?Pat Johnson
            De-caf coffee
            Dental plan?
Joe’s house

What a strange collection of tasks?

The Lost & Found Rock
A quick internet search did not turn up any likely “Brian Peters”, and “Smith & Nephew” is a medical research company and there was no Brian Peters associated with the site I could quickly see.

Now folk seem to routinely leave clothing items on this beach, and the locals seem to just bring found items out and lay them on a flat rock at the end of the path to the beach, hoping the owner returns to look for things. I have been here three weeks and the pair of women’s leopard pattern underwear that were there when I arrived are still on the rock, and a number of other items have been added.

You do have to wonder how this pair of pants and jacket got left on the beach. A few to many beer, or just forgetful after a day relaxing on the beach, but the mysterious envelope and odd list do make you wonder what went on?