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Absolute mad lad.
Posted: Posted December 5th, 2019 by Cruinn-Annuin
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I always knew my father was an interesting person from direct experience. I did not expect to find all of the following among his possessions:

  • More than a dozen firearms. I make a conservative estimate of their value at $10,000, though some of the items are so antique that I cannot accurately assess their value off the top of my head. This also does not include the thousands of rounds of ammunition.

  • Unlabeled precious gemstones of at least 10 carats...each.

  • A significant amount of bullion, coins and tokens. This includes everything from modern silver bullion to California Gold Rush fractional gold coins to various rare modern mass transit tokens to Wild West whorehouse tokens.

  • Several pounds of elephant ivory.

  • At least a dozen bags of weed. Each bag was neatly marked with varying strain names. This never entered my possession and has been safely disposed of.

  • A bundle of business cards and slips of paper. The paper show several female first names and associated phone numbers. The business cards are all businesses located in Tampa, Florida. None of the businesses are jewelry related. Surrounding records and the aging of the cards indicate that they were acquired in the late '80s. My father never told me that he went to Florida even once, ever.

    In a couple of weeks, I'll be meeting up with one of my father's old friends, a fellow master jeweler that he worked with in the '80s, in order to assess the value of the gems and metal. Not really concerned with the monetary value of these items right now, though. This is simply inspiring to me. This is what a man leaves behind. Mysterious, powerful, dangerous. This is vitality made manifest.

    I'm still processing a lot of things about this whole experience. I don't know if I'm OK. I actually kinda feel like shit for multiple reasons, and my sleep schedule has completely gone off the fucking rails. But as much as I'm still feeling his loss, there's a spark of something else inside that massive darkness. I haven't been stopped in my tracks by this, and I never will be stopped. That is what these artifacts have given me.

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    This sounds like the beginning of an adventure novella or novelette. Or maybe the first volume of a trilogy! Maybe it was your dad’s “go bag”, or his apocalypse bug-out emergency stash, or something? Does it include evidence he was planning to also take his family with him? Are you rich now?

    If this is fiction, I wanna read the next installment!

    If it’s real life, what are your theories? Who else among your dad’s family and acquaintances have you asked? And how do you feel about this?

    (PS Sorry if it seems I’m asking questions you’ve already answered!)


    Edited December 5th, 2019 by chiarizio
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    If it’s real life, what are your theories? Who else among your dad’s family and acquaintances have you asked? And how do you feel about this?


    Most of this makes sense. Weed for managing the pain of his fibromyalgia and cancer, gems and metal for investment purposes, guns for protection and investment (and I actually helped him make the deals for some of the guns). He never told me about the elephant ivory, though, and the sheer amount of everything is surprising.

    I haven't talked to the rest of the family about his personal possessions. I gave my mother an assessment of what was going on; apart from that, I've just been doing research on the history of the various gun models. I haven't asked anyone about the numbers and cards from Florida. I don't think that anyone in the family would know. I'll ask his old friend in a couple of weeks, after I've gotten the rest sorted out.

    Posted December 5th, 2019 by Cruinn-Annuin
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    @Cruinn-Annuin:
    Any updates?

    Posted December 31st, 2019 by chiarizio
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