Marianne Spellman

Marianne Spellman
Seattle-ish, Washington,
April 06
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OK, so "Hey Joe" is already one of my fave rave songs of the 1960s, so I'm up for hearing any version of it I can get my hands on, yeah? This week in my thrift store runs I came across drummer Sandy Nelson's "Superdrums!" LP from 1966 and put it… Read full post »

It was a gorgeous summer day yesterday in the Pacific Northwest, and we found ourselves at the very unique and cool Gas Works Park in Seattle: From the park website:

This 20 acre point on Lake Union was cleared in 1906 to construct a plant to manufacture gas from coal -Read full post »
JUNE 20, 2014 6:03PM


Tomorrow, June 21st, the inimitable Ray Davies turns 70 years old. I'm very comfortable with calling him "inimitable," having suffered through many possibly well-meaning attempts by other musicians over the last 50 years or so to jack his style. Writing a pseudo-nostalgic tune about blueberry scones… Read full post »

JUNE 15, 2014 4:37PM


Frail grumpy pop legend Morrissey has, once again, canceled a slew of concerts because of illness. This time, because of a respiratory infection contracted by, his representatives claim, opening act Kristeen Young (which she adamantly refutes, by the way), fans will once again be deprived of an eveni…

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HOO-EEE!  Das rite, you read it's a MEGA-BLOWOUT SUPER POST of dusty old donations from our musical past! CAN YOU DIG IT??? I KNOW THAT YOU CAN! Please to enjoy!!

Do you need to really annoy someone? Put this on at home but use a garden hose. Inside the house, of… Read full post »

JUNE 7, 2014 8:19PM


The bluest sky you've ever seen, in Seattle
I find the sun to warm me
Bleach away the pain
The unfairness of it!
A perfect couple pulled apart
Sweat and tears, salt in my eyes
She is gone.

I look up
There is no Big Guy there for me
But there is something, a presence
So many hearts connected
Love and grief…

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Hello, Fellow Fans of Found Foolishness! A couple weekends ago, I made it to THREE YES THREE Value Village thrift stores here on Seattle's Eastside, and collected some images from the rows and rows of tchotchkes for you. Ponder them in good health, and please to enjoy!!


MAY 29, 2014 12:41AM


I had spent a miserable hour at the Lincoln Park post office, in a line consisting of nothing but miserable people waiting to be served by even-more-miserable postal workers, and pushed the exit door hard enough to rattle it against its frame, grateful to be done and out of there. AtRead full post »

I hope everyone is having a pleasant and reflective Memorial Day across the United States. Do something nice for a veteran today! When you come back from doing that, you can look at these odd things and reflect in a wholly different way. Please to enjoy!

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MAY 21, 2014 12:58AM


I've been in a bit of a semi-sloth mode lately...with definite bursts of spring cleaning, sure, but I feel kinda like a lazeball. And this is just fine, I have decided. I think periods of mild hibernation and minimal productivity can be very refreshing, as we are all far too busy…

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I sometimes wonder what fellow thrift shoppers think of me, when I am smiling and taking photos of strange crap to show you here. Like, do they think I am checking out things that may be super-rare collectibles and worth money to an unseen buyer? Or that I am stone-cold crazy?… Read full post »

Well, my goodness gracious, the hits just keep on comin'! My trip to a nearby VV this past Saturday paid off again, in STRANGENESS! Bless all you weirdos making records! An amusing extra: while I was systematically flipping through the record bins, a group of three teenage boys hovered nearby, watchi… Read full post »

Once you pass the half-century mark, you realize that you have an awful lot of memories banging around in your cranium, running into each other, blending, swirling, fading, changing. A few are strengthened, and many are lost. I hate losing anything that is MINE MINE MINE, so I've worked at keeping… Read full post »

Dear Miss Victoria:

I graduated college about a year ago, but I can't find a job and I'm broke. All my friends keep asking me to go out and party, but I don't even have enough cash to buy a couple of PBR's and bus fare back from theRead full post »
Do you wonder, as I do ALL THE TIME, why people buy the things they do? The more trips I make to the thrift store, the more wonder I feel. Actually, perhaps "deep and intractable confusion" would be a better descriptor. In any case, here's more crap! Please to enjoy!!


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As I prepared to write this post, I thought this: of all the concerts I've been to -- hundreds? a thousand maybe? -- none were more important than this very one, held at the Highline in Seattle last Thursday night. Our little music community here, this lovely, amazing bunch of garage/… Read full post »
I thought I had really done it this time.

I thought, well, that's it, it's all caught up with me at last.

I thought, I'm screwed.

It's the secret worry of anyone who has spent a lifetime in and around rock music: 

I am losing my hearing.

For the last couple of weeks, I have been…

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Man, I am just useless in the A.M.! I had to take the kiddies into school this morning (a task I usually never have to undertake) and, bleary-brained without coffee or many glorious hours of uninterrupted sleep, I had to make a decision: go home and go back to bed OR… Read full post »

(March) Never leave things to the last minute, I said.

(April) Really, it's best to just get on your tasks right away.

(end of April) Hey, what's going on with the Science Fair project?


Parents, it's…

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APRIL 24, 2014 5:33PM


O, Silver Bullet!
You smell of stale air, fuel,
Burnt coffee, always.

Floor lighting! Air mask!
Floatation device! In that
Event, we are toast.

Captain! Turn off the
Seatbelt sign NOW! Or I shall
Pee my pants in shame.

O, Peanuts! Pretzels!
You salty time-wasters, you.
Now I need water.

BAM! In getting up
To let…

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Remember that day that Monica, Miss Eleven, and I went to the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Coral Gables, Florida? Well, my daughter grabbed my iPhone and took photos, too! I've uploaded them to her own nature photo blog, All Flowers Have A Story. I hope you will take a moment/…

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Well, I'm back home in Washington after a leisurely 18 DAY vacation in the Miami/Fort Lauderdale area, the laundry is running, the dishwasher is running, Miss Eleven is back in school, and I've mostly unpacked the four fat suitcases I brought back! But I've got one more thing to do to… Read full post »

Just whyyyyy does one extend a vacation in Florida, hmm? Well, in my case, it was lots of good reasons INCLUDING the chance to see the fab Jacuzzi Boys perform in their hometown of Miami, Florida again, and at one of my favorite cool places, Gramps!!

The boys don't get…

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