the concept is to share an anecdote of something odd, interesting, or entertaining that happened in your presence once upon a time.
i open with this contribution from my college days in the mid 80s–
i was attending a state university in deep east texas at the time. it was mid-spring, march just after spring break. i had driven to the house a friend of mine had rented with his girlfriend in a tiny community about 15 miles away from where the university was. we were both early risers and i had driven over about 6 a.m. and we had coffee out on the porch along with a joint he had rolled when i got there. it was one of those foggy mornings which made everything look different and mysterious which we admired from the porch. after coffee we decided to go for a ride down the backroads and enjoy the morning, as was our wont occasionally.
as i said, the fog gave everything a mysterious aspect and the light green of the new leaves on the hardwoods and perennials framed by the deep green of the pine trees emerging from the fog as we rode along on red gravel roads was strangely beautiful. after we had ridden around for an hour or so the fog was starting to lift and we decided to take the next intersection to start heading back to familiar roads again so we could return to the house.
of a sudden, my friend stopped and backed up, then stopped again. out my side of the vehicle i could see a dilapidated. possibly abandoned, house with a woefully sagging roof. he directed my attention the tableau out his window. it took a moment to register what it was i was seeing but i finally realized i was looking at an enormous turtle, around 24-30 inches around (0.6-0.8m) around. an enormous, dead turtle which had been hung from a branch of a tree beside the road. hung by its neck with a piece of cable. the turtle, the cable, and some of the leaves of the trees around it were all spray painted in gold. i admit we gawked for at least a full minute and then i thought about that house on the other side and recalled that there was a truck parked in the driveway and so, perhaps, not abandoned. i turned to look back at the house just in time to see a curtain over a a cracked window fall back into place. i turned to my friend and realized he had seen the same thing i had and he hit the accelerator and we sped off away from that spot.
i’ve had 30 years of experiences since then but this is still one of the strangest, and creepiest, things i believe i have ever seen in my life.