Names and phone numbers

If I don’t come back….

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Look at the following picture. What is it? Why is it? Where is it? I will provide the answers below the picture.

Names and phone numbers

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Those are the names of people who are out surfing, the premise being that at the end of the day, if a card is still there on the table with someone’s name on it, that someone is missing.

Some people, like Jacob Robison, simply leave their names. Others leave phone numbers or other who-to-contact information. Others even leave their car keys and house keys—a level of trust too rare in this world, but if one is missing (and presumed drowned and/or dead), I guess one really doesn’t need one’s house and car keys.

I talked with a couple who were sitting there, and apparently there are volunteers who sit at the table throughout the day to kind of keep an eye on the keys. I think that’s wise.

So the answers:

What is it? Contact information of people who are out surfing.

Why is it? If a card is still on the table at the end of the day, that person is presumed missing, at which point lifeguards and other authorities are contacted. If a contact phone number is provided, of course, calls to those numbers first can indicate that the person simply forgot to pick up his card.

Where is it? This one is at the pier in San Clemente, California. In fact, look at the picture below and you can see a large blue umbrella with a man in a red shirt at a picnic table, just to the left of the two center palm trees. That’s the table and the volunteer. You can see the surfers in the water.

San Clemente Pier

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17 thoughts on “If I don’t come back….

  1. TinCanTraveler

    It happened to a man surfing at Caspar Beach in northern California just a few years ago. Heart attack while waiting for a wave; slipped silently off his board and into the sea. His empty surfboard was the only sound he made…


  2. Sue Dreamwalker

    Good to know someone is keeping an eye on those who take to the surf…. Trust is something special and rare these days.. Thank you Russel, and thank you for all of your interesting posts over 2013.. I hope to read more and see more interesting places in 2014..

    Happy New Year to you


  3. 2far2shout

    How sombre? You post shouts at me that I do things all the time without a thought of the impact of my death or injury on family and friends. I cycle in all weathers and road conditions. I’ll carry some ID from now on. Thanks for an act of great kindness to me any many others.
    Happy New Year…


  4. lefoodsnob

    Wow. Never saw this in my SoCal days, and I lived in “Surf City” for a spell. Amazing and a bit sad (at the thought there might be someone’s item left behind at the end of the day). But great idea.


  5. philosophermouseofthehedge

    Great idea – some hikers do something similar. Other tape an index card on their bathroom/car mirror so people know a starting point of where to look.
    Always something cool going on here – To Zoey and you, hope the new year is bright and full of adventures



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