Can you help identify this object?

What Is It?

By J. Peter Fitzgerald -- For those of you who are accustomed to reading frivolous nonsense in this space, I apologize in advance. Something strange has occurred in the barrio, which does not lend itself to humor. At least not yet. I have asked Bob to allow me this special space to ask for your help. A large object that so far defies identification, has been dug up from … [Read More...]

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