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Giving a stack of Playboys for a church paper drive takes some real nerve. Plenty of times in the apartments where I've lived there are people who dumpster dive for stuff people throw away. Sometimes people take the old furniture or whatnot I've thrown away. About the only thing I've taken was a metal cutout of the character from the HALO video games; I gave it to my brother as an XMas present.
By: PT Dilloway on March 31, 2017
Dear Sir: You painted a very vivid picture of the mind set of a 12 year old boy and the treasure (indeed) hunt and the prize. I could see it all in my mind. Stephen, you crack me up. xoxo Oma Linda
By: Oma Linda on March 31, 2017
Boys will be boys! Fun story - you always have such great stories from your childhood- we all do but you have the gift of writing!
By: Kathe W. on March 31, 2017
treasure indeed for little boys
By: Ellen Abbott on March 31, 2017
Playboys donated to the church drive? I wonder what the story was behind that! Maybe someone's stash got put out by accident. Maybe some wife (or mother) got fed up. Maybe someone's conscience got the best of them. The possibilities!
By: jenny_o on March 31, 2017
One of my all-time favorite cartoons was one by Gahan Wilson that appeared in Playboy. Or maybe it was in the New Yorker. ;)
By: Kelly on March 31, 2017
I knew it as soon as you said paper drive at the church. I bet the crabby priest threw them in there. Love, Janie
By: Janie Junebug on March 31, 2017
Articles? Playboy magazine had articles?
By: scott park on March 31, 2017
You reeled me in with that one! I couldn't imagine what kind of treasure you were looking for in a dumpster full of old newspapers. Guess I don't think like a 12-year-old boy!
By: Val on March 31, 2017
Great story, Stephen. It was like a trip down memory lane as I recalled the first time I saw the treasure known as Playboy when I was about the same age. My friends and I found a stash of them out in the woods and thought we were in heaven. Take care.
By: Mr. Shife on March 31, 2017
12 year old boys with Playboy magazines... young impressionable minds. lol Did Ricky steal your treasure and chance at popularity?
By: Daniel LaFrance on March 31, 2017
I knew exactly what the treasure was half way through, did they also have magazines from the Nudist Colony? At 12, treasure indeed!
By: cranky on March 31, 2017
Doesn't everyone get Playboy for the articles?
By: fishducky on March 31, 2017
It sounds like you were fairly typical boys!
By: messymimi on March 31, 2017
I'll bet you were interested in the articles! Playboy for 12 year old boys was a very big deal.
By: red Kline on March 31, 2017
Oh yes, the articles, at twelve I know exactly what you were interested in, the same thing I was at twelve...the articles...Right?
By: Jimmy on March 31, 2017
Kids are so funny! Love what "the treasure" was! Have a great weekend. :)
By: Lexa Cain on March 31, 2017
Playboy? Never heard of it.
By: Tom Sightings on March 31, 2017
This is a great post---good story telling! I felt like I was in that hot dumpster right beside you. But I would be the one still digging for lost candy.
By: Marcia @ Menopausal Mother on March 31, 2017
As long as the papers weren't stuck together, I guess it was ok:) hey maybe they belonged to the mean priest.
By: Birgit on March 31, 2017
I can relate. My brother and I knew of a particular trash burner down the alley where we could find Confidential and Stag magazines.
By: Tom Cochrun on March 31, 2017
I, too, liked the articles and, sometimes, the staples.
By: Mitchell is Moving on April 1, 2017
Unusual, but I guessed where you might be going on this. The right of passage for all young boys. I must say that I kept wondering how dangerous it was to crawl around under a ton of paper?
By: Tabor on April 1, 2017
Nowadays Playboy seems rather tame. I once got to see what my sons got up to looking at on the Internet and I was shocked and horrified -- and that was quite a few years ago. When I was a girl, my sister and I like to rummage through trash looking for detritus thrown out by girls in the dormitory that was the other half of the house we lived in at the time...
By: The Broad on April 1, 2017
Yep of course it was the articles, what else would a 12 year old boy be interested in? ;)
By: LL Cool Joe on April 1, 2017
Maybe the Playboy mags came from the priest!
By: Catalyst on April 1, 2017
My vote is on the mean priest, too.
By: Pixel Peeper on April 1, 2017
Ha! Treasure indeed! Tell, me, what was your favorite article? :)
By: The Bug on April 1, 2017
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