June 19, 2010
While dusting under the pool table downstairs, I heard the clink of plastic and discovered a Capitol One Gold card lying in three pieces on the old linoleum floor. It was my mother's, issued in April of 1997. She used to spend a lot of time in the basement watching TV while I practiced my tae kwon do. Still, she divorced my dad and left the house three months BEFORE the card was issued, so I don't think she put it there. "Throw it into three separate trash cans, my dad said later. Sometimes the basement is a sad place.