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04.20.06

This morning I found that there is now a 4th set of tickets!
This "show" is for Tempest.
There is the image of a teacup with the word "Tempest" superimposed... which calls to mind the idom: "A tempest in a teacup"...meaning a big fuss over nothing.

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5.09.06
Quite a few tickets were disguarded on the pavement.
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5.16.06
This time the extra tickets where left neatly on the ledge above.
6.11.06
A new "show"...
a new Style of ticket, anyway.
This series of tickets is a bit MORE cryptic; there is a Celtic knot on a magenta background with the word
"gNOT" printed over.

"bad" spelling? Fairy spelling?
A puzzle?

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6.16.06
Uh OH!
6.16.06
114 tickets on the sidewalk.
412 off the roll in 24 hours.
Sad. All those tickets appear to be hand printed.

>> I think I know what is happening.<<

6.22.06
Yet again...over night ANOTHER 500 tickets gone. HOWEVER, the evdience left behind gives further clues for forensics. I found 15 1/3 tickets on the sidewalk....
6.22.06
...The end of the last ticket is charred.
This evidence helps to lead to the perpetraitor.
(NOT who I was starting to suspect)
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7.13.06
All those tickets have been "sold", stolen or burned...
7.17.06
Back by popular demand???
Same "show"...these read "gNOT" as the previous roll did, but now on teal.
Is it because so many of the last roll were wasted?
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7.27.06
Alright let's not get our gNOT tickets in a knot! Except we have, TWICE. Just after they appeared and all through art fair they remained bunched behind the glass...then corrected...and 2 days after...a mess again.
Perhaps PeZz should be consulted on some mechanical solution which maintains ticket order and limits the despensing or administers a noxious odor if too many are taken....or....
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8.30.06
The Ark tickets have been going at what seems to be a reasonable rate for neraly a MONTH...
there were three abandoned tickets on the sidewalk.
The last ticket on the roll being #818090
8.31.06
The very next day the last ticket on the roll being #818792!

That is 702 tickets taken over 24 hours!
That is why I have the picture inside the trash can... I was expecting to see several hundred in there. Only one.

So, I suspect that the fairy-ticket origami project must be coming along nicely. Or perhaps it is paper maché? Bookmarks? Placemat weaving?

9.9.06
On Saturday I found a mildly curious thing. A loose ticket was stuck back in the window. I did not think much of it, but noticed that the number skipped one which I did not see around.
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9.9.06
On Sunday, I was sent this picture.
With the mysterious message:

"Seamus-the-tall has found the Golden Knot"
(If that is Seamus, he does not strike me as "tall".)
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9.9.06
A close-up of the same photo shows the "Golden Knot" ticket.

Perhaps this is what "g NOT" was about?

The back of the "Golden Knot" ticket had a special message.
9.11.06
This morning I found that all the remaining tickets were gone. Past rolls have had approximately 2,000 tickets... so that means the balance was just over 100 since the golden Knot ticket was found.
Seamus-the-tall, 2 years old (3 on October 11) and Seamus's mother received the golden knot medallion along with some other prizes.

Do not expect any other prizes to be won via tickets.
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10.9.06
Finally some new tickets at The Ark!
These appear to be in 3's; A fish tail, a fish head & the word(s): "gOfiSh"
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10.16.06
Stoopid drunks?
or just stoopid?

Rude, regardless.

32 tickets on the ground.
363 tickets over that weekend
another 217 overnight (10.17.06)
10.19.06
Hmmmm.... another 196 tickets gone over night.
The fairies must really have something there! Like Phantom or Cats or Chicago! Maybe they should consider a more automated system of printing. Currently, they appear to be all "hand" stamped.
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