letters like autistic ghosts …


Not this one, the TV show of that name:

Rather, this one:

The Baywatch Apartments, built in 1919. Another sad sighting of the blight that characterizes Tacoma, near my abode. And another in my “Read a Rock” project, which encourages discovery (!) of that which is educational, exciting and otherwise formerly unseen in your seemingly mundane world and routine.

You might be tempted to move along, viewing it as yet another old building gone to pot, or simply look away from its pained condition:

Look again … at the windows along the far right:

And along the top (4th) story:

What is the meaning of the letters? Is it one collective or individual? The initials of former residents? Vandals? Some gang reference? Some university or sports team link? Something else entirely?

Letters like autistic ghosts peering perpetually from the past onto passersby. There’s no way of knowing their meaning. This is a stone that turned over raises more questions than answers. An enigma indeed.


13 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Karyn @ kloppenmum
    May 21, 2011 @ 13:01:42

    Oh what fun! A mystery. Thanks for sharing. 🙂


  2. longeyesamurai
    May 21, 2011 @ 18:02:27

    BHL Pride? Baywatch… something… something???


    • allycatadventures
      May 21, 2011 @ 19:47:35

      @Capra – BHL Pride? Baywatch… something… something??? Could be, could be. Still leaves the mystery of the KO in the neighboring windows at the top and, in another window not pictured, the name “Al.” It’s all a mystery that could keep ya up at night if you’re not careful! 😉


      • longeyesamurai
        May 23, 2011 @ 06:39:42

        There looks like there’s some letters smeared on the window between the “KO” and the “B”.

        It’s a mystery wrapped in ariddle inside a box of bricks!


        • allycatadventures
          May 23, 2011 @ 14:39:43

          @Capra – You do have a good eye! There’s writing, apparently in the dust, on every window to the right of the bold visible letters … and it appears to be the same writing in every skinny window to the right of the bolds. And then two windows of the bold L is written “price” (?) and BHL. So obviously BHL is significant here. Baywatch something something like you said? Dang, now it’s gonna bug me.


  3. Flamingo Dancer
    May 21, 2011 @ 18:37:00

    How observant of you! Another riddle of life!


  4. ladywise
    May 21, 2011 @ 20:35:08

    Great write up about this building ally. Good mystery, you are so right…it could be anything.


  5. inaformerlifeanexpat
    May 23, 2011 @ 03:08:45

    What amazes me is how on earth some of these vandals manage to climb, hang etc., to do what they do.


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