I take my camera along almost everywhere I go. The beauty of a digital camera is that the photos don't cost anything, so I'll take a photo of any old thing that catches my eye - the perfect donut, two jets in the sky at the same time, or an old couch in the alley that has been spray-painted with the word "Levitra".
I remember thinking "I wonder if that couch was spraypainted before, or after it was thrown out". Had a frustrated ex-girlfriend struck back in a particularly cruel way?
The photo sat in my camera for two days, then on my hard drive for almost a month.
in December 2004, Adriano sent this note from Washington.
Love the website! My sister and I thought this tagged couch might give you a kick. Do you think it is the territorial mark of a softened street thug or of a hardened pharmacist?
This, of course, was a little freaky. I clicked back through my old folders and found my Levitra couch.
I did a quick search online, thinking that perhaps Levitra had some secret street meaning.
Unfortunately, an internet search for Levitra is like a parking lot search for Honda. I found too much information. An orgy of information.
I wrote Adriano, telling him about my Levitra couch find. I included my photo from Sacramento.
He wrote back:
I wouldn't have believed you if I hadn't seen
The next day, he sent this upside-down pink one.
sound like an idiot if I say that Levitra sounds like a Spanish word?
I started asking around online, and I posted a note on the "missed connections" section of Sacramento Craigslist.
Within an hour, I had four lame responses and two funny ones. Apparently Levitra is hilarious, even when taken completely out of context.
About a day later, a girl named Brenda said she saw a wreck of a couch on Aquino Drive in Natomas, and that it was spray painted. She didn't have a picture, so I went myself to see what I could find.
When I saw it, I knew right away. I started yelling like an idiot in the car.
It was another Levitra couch!
I had no idea where this was coming from, and it was driving me nuts that I couldn't get any more information about it.
At this point, I was ready to march up to a couch's birth house and knock on a strangers door to find the answer.
I think Adriano was having doubts as to whether I was really finding these couches, or if I was just photoshopping them to trick him. When he found his third Levitra couch, I think he knew there was something larger going on.
I told him about my plan to start knocking on doors the next time I saw a couch. He said he would consider doing the same thing, depending on the neighborhood. We both wanted to get the bottom of this.
We briefly discussed "shoes hanging from a telephone wire as signaling mechanism".
A Cry for Help
If you know the reason behind the Levitra couches, or if you have a theory, or if you have seen a similar couch in your alley, please let me know.
You can keep any aluminum cans that you find.
Even as I write this, Adriano wrote that his sister saw a couch in Alexandria (Virginia, not Egypt). It looks like Buffalo Bill was making a dress out of this one.
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