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February 17, 2018

One of my favorite cart-before-the horse stories.

One night this guy was on a street corner, searching for something under this street lamp.

This other guy showed up and asked him: “What are you doing?”

The guy said: “I lost my keys. So I’m looking for them under this street lamp.”

“Where did you lose your keys?”

“Over there in the bushes in the darkness.”

“So how come you’re looking over here under the street lamp?”

“Because its light over here and I can see what I’m looking for ”

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All of my feral cats (with the exception of Mini Scaredy who I hope was holed up somewhere safely) were waiting for me last night when I hit my campsite. I could hear them all meowing loudly off in…
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. . . . . Of all the feral cats at my campsite, Fatty is probably the least “feral.” She has none of the high-strung paranoia and aggressiveness that most of the other cats have. Her pe…
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. . . . When I was a young man I used to have a lot of problems with “depression.” I’d often say to myself: “What’s wrong with me? Why do I feel depressed so much of t…
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Cats have weird psychic powers. Most cat owners could site examples.

Here’s one.

Last night I had a terrible dream. I got into a confrontation with these two gangbangers. The leader of the gang tried to stab me with a knife. I fought him off…..Later he and his partner confronted me. They demanded I submit to being stabbed as punishment for what I had done. My mother and brother were there. But they refused to help me or back me up. They didnt want to get involved they we

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Ace, check your private messages. Marin needs to talk to you.

I’m with Ace on this… I attended a lecture/spoken word diarrheatribe by Jello Biafra at NYU this time in 1998. Three hours that fucker rambled on, worse than Amiri Baraka and Melanie combined.

Ha ha. If I was seated next to that gasbag Jello Biafra on an airplane. I’d jump out of the plane. And just hope my parachute works.

An airline passenger was treated to an “energetic” and “unending” spoken word concert from none other than former Dead Kennedys frontman Jello Biafra.
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New Jeb Bush ad claims that that motherfucking bitch Trump would fuck shit up in the White House.

The ad is by the super PAC supporting Jeb Bush
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February 16, 2018

Don’t be an asshole. Because I love you.

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The two sisters, Fatty and Scaredy Cat. Playing. There’s a lesson to be learned here. Life, at its root, is a form of play. The cats know it. And we humans know it too.

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What did the duck say to the psychiatrist?

“Quack.”

Ace Backwords do you know Ray tylicki? Train rider. Known bad hobo?

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Ace Backwords Doesn’t ring a bell. Why?

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Chad Neal Not to be presumptuous but he is known as a bad dude on certain websites that are affiliated with the transient faction.

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Ed Mcclure Showed up at our Church Sunday!

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Scott Sanders I think I saw him walking in the middle of the Maples rd by the legion tonight after work.wearing sneakers and carring a pink ski pole!!!😎😎

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Chad Neal That was him.

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Page Nowicki Pink poles matter.

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  I went to People’s Park this evening to hang out with Hate Man. This strapping, young street ne’er-do-well has this big pile of basketball-sized boulders. And he’s picking …
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This is a copy of the letter I got from R. Crumb the other day.

I have mixed feelings about posting it. Because on one level its shameless name-dropping. “Dig me. Getting a letter from famous cultural icon R. Crumb.”

But on another level. My next post might be a selfie of me in a public restroom stall. Or swilling malt liquor with the other homeless bums. Or more goddamn photos of my goddamn feral cats.

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February 15, 2018

First I published an underground newspaper, to some acclaim.
Then I drew a comic strip, to some acclaim.
Then I co-published a photo magazine, to some acclaim.
Then I recorded a CD of music, to some acclaim.
Then I published a book, to some acclaim.

Nowadays I write a blog. . .

It really doesn’t seem the same.

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Of all the feral cats at my campsite, Fatty is probably the least “feral.” She has none of the high-strung paranoia and aggressiveness that most of the other cats have. Her personality is incredibly sweet and easy-going. While the other cats all attack the cat food like sharks at a feeding frenzy the second I start putting it in the dishes. Fatty always stands back and patiently waits for an opening. I often have to make a special effort to make sure she gets her food and doesn’t get left out.

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This is “Walker.” He was hanging out at Hate Camp the other day. He just walked down from Seattle to Berkeley. It took him 7 weeks. Now he’s headed off to walk all the way to Philadelphia.

Nice calf muscles. That’s the one good muscle I got. From all the years as a bike messenger. Andy Warhol used to say: “Everyone should have at least one muscle that they’re proud of.” Mine is my calf muscles. The rest of me isn’t much worth writing home about.

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Tim Reeves to The Hate Man Foundation . . . (Hee hah)

This is “Walker” – called that because he walks. He just walked from Seattle – smoked a cigarette with H8 – then planned to head out to Philadelphia (!!)

Sometimes you have to put your foot down with your cats.

It’s 1:27 am on a Sunday night. And I’m hanging out downtown getting drunk. Meanwhile. At this exact moment. All my feral cats are clustering around my campsite waiting for me to feed t…
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Now this really surprised me. Yesterday I stumbled across this excellent opinion piece in the DAILY CAL about “population and housing.”

Now over the last 25 years, people would periodically ask me: “Hey Ace, what in your opinion is the primary cause of our homeless crisis and housing shortage?” I always give a one-word answer:

“Overpopulation.”

In fact, our population is growing at such an incredible rate, we can’t BEGIN to keep pace with creating new housing. This point is not only true. It’s OBVIOUSLY true.

And yet for the last 25 years this point has been met with overwhelming silence from virtually every “homeless activist.” Or people will try to “refute” it with the most ridiculous nonsense (and believe me, I’ve heard it ALL over the years).

So it was a pleasant surprise to see someone agreeing with me in the public prints. For once. Will wonders never cease.

Your Feb. 7 editorial began with you noticing “an increasing horde of students.” One would think that your own words would have caused you to realize that the…
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Sometimes. Late at night. After consuming several alcoholic beverages. I get this odd feeling. As miserable and unfulfilling as my life has been. I’ve lived out a dozen lifetimes already. When I eventually die my death will just be an after-thought.

I got my money’s worth on this spin of the karmic wheel

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On a basic level a cat is just a collection of molecules and atoms. Temporarily lashed together in mammal form. Eventually to mutate back into fertilizer. Their molecules and atoms returning to the Eternal Void of the physical universe.

Whether cats have “souls” is another question. I mean you can look at cats as individual entities with personal souls. As well as one more forgettable cat spewed forth from the endless litters of kittens that Nature perpetually manifests in time and space.

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The many faces of Keef the feral cat.

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Keef doing her rowboat impression.

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One of my favorite shots.

Scaredy Cat and Fatty. Two pals.

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Scaredy Cat and Fatty are inseparable. They hang together all day and all night. Here’s Scaredy Cat giving Fatty a big kiss.

We’re already over 24 inches of rain for the year. Which is about 10 inches more than normal for this time of year. And its the total amount of rain we normally average for the entire year. With 2 months of the rainy season yet to come.

So what can I say? Bottom’s up!

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February 14, 2018
Ace Backwords updated his status.

Today — February 14 — we are now officially 70% through the Rainy Season.

The Rainy Season is 5 months long. November through March. So every half-a-month we’ve made it through another 10% of the Rainy Season.

We’re now half-way through the month of February. So we’re 70% through the Rainy Season.

Just remember. If you didn’t get any love on Valentine’s Day? At least there’s always pizza.

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It’s a little odd to hear all the people predicting that Trump is on the verge of “imploding.” I’m guessing these are the same people that were constantly predicting that Trump would “implode” during the Primary, and then during the Presidential Race.

A Valentine’s Day song.

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Nothing says Valentine’s Day like the Sex Pistols, man!

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Ginsburg — the flaming Jewish liberal. And Scalia — the flaming white male conservative. Were actual best friends.

Weird.

Why the friendship between the court’s most outspoken liberal and its most outspoken conservative was so special.
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We spent $2 TRILLION dollars on the War in Iraq.

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Its interesting. Trump — the so-called conservative — was AGAINST the war in Iraq.

Hillary — the so-called liberal — was all FOR the war in Iraq.

“We should have never been in Iraq. We have destabilized the Middle East.”
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“Imagine there’s no clothes
It’s easy if you try
No trousers below us
Above us only pie”

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Deadheadland is with Art Simplicated and 13 others.

Imagine ((°j°))

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There’s no business like Show Business.

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I recently reached the 50th page of my Acid Heroes blog. So for the hell of it I’m posting a page a day. Here’s page 12.

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You and Kris Lap became Facebook friends.

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February 13, 2018

I finally got rid of those weird Adidas with the wings on them. I got tired of people making fun of me for dressing funny. Just as tiresome were the people who would point at them and say they looked cool. In truth, I prefer it when people don’t even notice me and I’m invisible. I’m self-conscious enough as it is.

Anyways, I found these red Converse that were just my size.

I admit I have this weird sentimental feeling about the clothes I wear. I still have shirts in my storage locker that I wore back in 1980. 37 years ago. I can’t throw them out. It’s like they’re a part of me or something.

And yes. I am a little nutty.

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It’s hard to believe. The birthday boy Henry Rollins turns 56 today.

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Marco Casado Lima to 80’s punk appreciation society

Happy 55th B-day Mr. Henry Lawrence Garfield (aka Henry Rollins)!

You and Jim Squatter became Facebook friends.

This is one of my favorite scores. The garbage can right by the door of the Italian restaurant on Durant Street.

There’ll usually be a white bag with a to-go dish inside, sitting right on top of the can. And I’ll grab it and split before anybody even notices me. And at least half the time the dish will be full of leftover food (thank God for dainty co-eds on diets). Pasta dishes smothered in rich, creamy cheese sauces with big chunks of bacon or sausage. Big, meaty, cheesy calazones. Spaghetti and meatballs. Etc.

My feral cats go nuts for that stuff. If I put out 4 or 5 different kinds of food, they’ll always make a bee-line for the Italian first. And lick that dish clean as a whistle (good to the last drop!).

I wonder if my cats have a little Italian in ’em?

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It’s 1:27am on a Sunday night. And I’m hanging out downtown getting drunk.

Meanwhile. At this exact moment. All my feral cats are clustering around my campsite waiting for me to feed them.

And I have a lot of delicious food for them.

But they’re just gonna have to wait. I wanna finish my beer first before I head up to my campsite

So those feral cats don’t control me.

At least not completely.

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Social Media is neat. Just felt like you might be a fellow thinker like myself with an old soul.
I hope you post a lot!
If you make another think.. you’ve done a swell thing.
Remember neat and swell. I know you do cause gray hair😆
Also do you like sarcasm?

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People have been asking me:

“Ace. Is the California drought really over? Has it been officially declared over??”

Like I said last month:

THE FUCKING DROUGHT IS OVER!!

Residents of Oroville and nearby towns were ordered to immediately evacuate Sunday afternoon after a hole was discovered at the emergency spillway for the…
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You and Zombo Vertov became Facebook friends.
Ace Backwords updated his status.

One of my Facebook friends recently asked me, in all sincerity: “Ace, when did you become right-wing? I’m flummoxed by that.”

I guess he was baffled as to why a Berkeley homeless, counterculture-type, acid casualty alcoholic wasn’t a knee-jerk liberal. Like all the rest of my ilk. And I can see how it might be a little baffling.

I said:

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6 YEARS AGO TODAY
You and Heather Greenlee Tipton became Facebook friends.
8 YEARS AGO TODAY
You and Ken Cox became Facebook friends.
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Here are some more memories that we hope you like.

One of my favorite shots.

Scaredy Cat and Fatty. Two pals.

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Scaredy Cat and Fatty are inseparable. They hang together all day and all night. Here’s Scaredy Cat giving Fatty a big kiss.

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February 13, 2018
Ace Backwords updated his status.

I went to People’s Park this evening to hang out with Hate Man. This strapping, young street ne’er-do-well has this big pile of coconut-sized boulders. And he’s picking up the boulders, one by one, and holding them high over his head, and then smashing them down on the other boulders. Over and over again. In some kind of frenzy. For no apparent reason.

“Why is that guy throwing them rocks?” I ask Hate Man.

“He’s been nutting up lately,” says Hate Man.

Then he walks over to the bench. Picks up a big plate of food that was sitting there. Looks at it. Then dumps it on the ground. I guess he didn’t like it.

Then he makes a bee-line over to where I am sitting. Sits down on the ground right in front of me, and says:

“Got a cigarette?”

“No I got this one from Hate Man.”

Then he starts babbling at me in this matter-a-fact tone: “Hey remember that time when you blah blah blah and that other guy said blah blah blah. . .”

Most of which I can’t understand. But the disconcerting thing is: As he’s calmly talking to me, he’s got this stick in his hand, that he keeps stabbing into the dirt, over and over, like the stick is a knife that he’s stabbing into something.

“Oh yeah, right,” I said. Agreeing with him. Whatever the hell he’s saying..

“Well, I gotta go use the restroom.” I said. I grabbed my pack and my beer and left

Guess I’ll talk to Hate Man some other time.

My life is over in a way. And I don’t mean that in a bad way. I’ve pretty much accomplished most of the things I set out to accomplish when I was a younger man. And the things I haven’t are mostly out of my reach.

So these days I mostly just lay back and let whatever is meant to happen, happen. Just sort of quietly accepting whatever life still has to offer me. And whatever lessons I still have to learn.

When I was younger I was an incredibly driven man. Burning with a thousand desires and a driving need to make things happen. But now that I’m 60 it’s like I’ve exhausted most of my lusts. I’ve experienced just about everything this life has to offer me (with the exception of that one last big one, Death).

So I don’t get all worked up like I used to. When i was always thinking that there was something really cool and exciting just waiting for me around the next corner.

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Scaredy Cat, showing up for her morning pettings.

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Mighty little Mini Scaredy. She must be about 7 months old by now.

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Mini Scaredy had been missing for a week. Holed up somewhere dealing with the rain. But she showed up the other day alive and well. And hungry.

All 7 of the feral cats have survived the storms so far. Moo Cat had the sniffles for awhile (nothing like having a cat sneeze right in your face!). And Mini Owl had this weird back spasm for awhile. But they seem completely recovered now.

It’s been a brutal winter for the cats. 25 inches of rain has already fallen on their heads. And temperatures regularly getting down into the 30s. But they’re tough little guys.

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It’s been a rough winter for the outdoor cats. But they know how to cope.

To the rescue!

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The cat couldn’t pass by and helped the puppy out of a ditch.

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I just saw Blind Tony today, hanging out in front of McDonald’s on Shattuck. Looked in fine shape. In case the rumor of his death is still making the rounds.

You and Barry Wooldridge became Facebook friends.

Saved for Sunday. Homeless problem solved? Ace Backwords would you live in one of these? I think part of the homeless problem connected to small shelters for the homeless like this, is rich people don’t want a hundred in their nieghborhood. Right or wrong that is a prevailing opinion. So why not 3 or 4 here and there all over the city, or would that keep them from getting the other assistance they need? Rich people may still go against it.

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I have a confession to make. This is something I wouldn’t have even considered doing when I was a younger man. But I guess when you get older, you just don’t care anymore. . . Anyways, sometimes when I’m walking down the street, and nobody is looking, I’ll do that thing where you put your fingers up to your nose and you blow the snot out of your nose, right onto the ground.

May God have mercy on my soul.

Ace Backwords updated his status.

I was just walking down Bancroft and these two guys are walking RIGHT behind me. And they’re talking REAL loud, RIGHT into my ear. And it’s REALLY starting to get on my nerves.

So I stop right in the middle of the sidewalk to let them pass by. And as they’re passing me I’m sort of glaring at them and thinking all sorts of bad thoughts about them. When one of them stops and says to me:

“Excuse me, sir, your backpack is unzipped. And I think your headphones are about to fall

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Laugh and the world laughs with you. Cry and the world laughs at you.

. I don’t know who’s bright idea it was to stick this sign right in the middle of the pedestrian lane, and right at head-level. But at least twice I was walking down the street with my…
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I admit I’m a conflicted person. I’m conflicted about EVERYTHING. I’ll give you an example.

Today I trapped Fatty the feral cat in a cage. I betrayed her trust in a way. I tricked her into getting into a cage. And then I TRAPPED her. Against her will. And then whisked her off to a clinic In Richmond to be “fixed.” Which sounds ominous. “Fixed.” I fixed her good. The fix is on.

When she was in the cage she was crying. In fear. And also growling. Because she was pissed. All her life she had been running free and wild as a feral cat. But now shes trapped in a cage. Shes thinking: “That Ace Backwords guy who was feeding me every day. Was he just fattening me up for the slaughter?”

So shes freaking. Shes lost control of her life. For all she knows she’s doomed. Poor dear.

In two days, after shes fixed, she’ll be released back to the wild. So she’ll be fine. But SHE doesn’t know that. So you can imagine how scared she is right now. Thinking she could die at any moment.

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February 11, 2018

I think that I shall never see
A thing as lovely as Valler-eee

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Didn’t see a good copy of this on youtube already, so here ya go.
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Mini Owl the feral kitten is one of my favorites. He always lingers around my campsite the longest. Long after all the other cats have gotten their food and then left, for some reason Mini Owl keeps hanging with me, right until the last moment when I’m packing up my campsite.

I think he really likes me.

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Leave it to Berkeley to be in the middle of the fray.

It turns out that Alex Marlow, the Editor-in-Chief of the Breitbart website — President Trump’s favorite news site — is a Berkeley boy. A recent graduate from UC Berkeley. For what it’s worth Marlow has got a Jewish mother and a Catholic father (both who are now employees at Breitbart). And the knock on the guy is that he’s a racist and a Nazi and a fascist and etc., etc.

He is the most consequential countercultural figure to come out of UC Berkeley since the Free Speech Movement. And he just helped get Donald Trump elected.
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Hash browns versus home fries?

Hash browns rule!

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Hash Browns VS Homes Fries. Which one wins in a back-alley brawl for your belly?

The Five Commandments.

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5 Rules to remember in life.

Late night lullaby for Ace and the kittens. Best and blessings. Wishing you warmth and fish flavored crunchies tomorrow and tomorrow after that.

Interpretive singer and guitarist whose genius of interpretation of songs made him a big favourite with other artists.…
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On this date last year. Scaredy Cat. She’s the alpha female Queen of the feral cat scene at my campsite. She’s very sweet and beloved by all the other cats. Except for Moo Cat. Who can’t get along with anyone. Ha ha

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On this date last year. Me and Scaredy Cat the feral cat hanging out. This is as good as it gets for me. You just gotta take your kicks where you find them.