11.11.2010

Leslie Roberts, I Have Your Wallet


This is one of my favorite finds. 

Leslie Roberts was a childhood friend of mine, but I have no clue as to why I have her wallet. I found it in an acid-washed denim purse. If she had left it at my house you'd think I would have returned it since I saw her everyday at school. Or, she would have asked for it back. We probably moved into different friend circles and then forgot about the wallet and each other.

It feels a little wrong to be looking through the wallet. I'm not used to possessing childhood photos of white people since everyone in my family is Chinese. It's like I've mugged a little white girl! No, I don't remember mugging Leslie.

A wallet has a personal logic to how it's organized. You look at it and immediately it reeks of someone else. The things inside don't mean anything to you. They're just clues. 

There's a school portrait of Leslie, pictures of siblings (?), and a Girl Scout ID card. 


My favorite are her parents' business cards. Next to their names Leslie wrote in "my mom" (also Leslie Roberts) and "this is my dad" (Frank Roberts). I can imagine a kid carrying these cards in the event that she or the wallet gets lost. Not that it helped this wallet get home.  

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Kanaflex and Dynasty Steel are still in business, though Dynasty Steel has moved.

http://www.kanaflexcorp.com/
http://www.manta.com/c/mml6r50/dynasty-steel-inc

Plastic hoses meet custom steel products -- a match made in Heaven.

Raina Lee said...

thanks for doing the research! I love the combination too.

petoke said...

this took me back. I think I have my girl scout ID card somewhere too.

A. Hsieh said...

Oh wow, what if those numbers still worked and you could get it back to her? I bet it'd be a great Christmas present for the Roberts ;)

Raina Lee said...

I suppose I could track her down but then I'd have to fess up to why I had her wallet all this time.

A. Hsieh said...

Things get lost :P

B said...

I had the same plaid dress that Leslie's sister (?) is wearing. I wore it when I was photographed as "Student of the Month" in grade two. :)

Raina Lee said...

Are you sure you're not Leslie's sister? Am I going to get busted after all? ;)

Leslie Roberts said...

Raina, it's Leslie Roberts! This is so crazy! my dad's former work colleague somehow stumbled upon your blog and recognized my dad and Mom's business card info. He emailed my dad a link to your site! Was it at Rancho vista that we went to school together? I'm blown away by how crazy this is!

Leslie Roberts said...

This story gets even crazier...
I posted this story on my facebook and one of my dear friends recognized you, especially after I mentioned that you wrote a book about karaoke! She follows the live journal of Sean Marc Lee and recognized you from one of his pictures!

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