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