Saturday, May 22, 2010
The abandoned house on Magazine Street
When I would put down the books and explore my own hometown, I would frequently be disappointed. There really are no abandoned properties in the Bay Area. Every bit of space that can be used is used. No property ever stands empty for long, especially houses.
There is one home in particular that I can't stop thinking about. Right on the corner of Magazine Street and Audubon, there is a double shotgun that is so overgrown with ivy and brambles that I point it out every time my boyfriend and I drive by. Nearly every single time we pass it, hundreds of questions roll through my brain and fantasies arise about the owners...or lack thereof.
There is a nice bike with a basket leaning upright on the front porch that has ivy growing through it, but is bereft of a chain or lock. I know this is a terrible question, but why hasn't it been stolen? Are thieves even afraid to approach this house? Perhaps the hip-high brambles are enough of a deterrent...or perhaps something else entirely frightens them away.
Written by Kim Ranjbar