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This Photograph I Took Early This Morning Symbolizes Every Broken Hollywood Dream

Another mysterious object found while walking our dog Maura...

Dave Swindle


February 24, 2013 - 7:45 am

I’m always stumbling across strange items early in the morning as my dog Maura and I run around our San Fernando Valley neighborhood. Today we found this pair of broken sunglasses sitting on the stoop outside an apartment building.

I popped it into my pocket and as we continued jogging up the street my mind speculated over the range of possibilities: whose were they? How did they get broken? Did somebody break them by accident? Or were they intentionally broken? How come whoever left them didn’t bother to throw them away? Were they forgotten? 

I know nothing about sunglasses. I’ve worn glasses since junior high and never really felt too tempted to pay extra for prescription sunglasses. (Though, I must say, my wife looks quite alluring in the new pair she got this year.)

This found pair appears worn. The printing on the inside has started to fade. Probably means it’s a cheap pair. 


But as the sun rises I stop worrying about what tragic paths many might have walked in order to bring this busted pair of cheap glasses into my hands today. Instead I just choose to reflect on how everything that is broken can be repaired. We just have to figure out the way to do it.

“No! I have no interest in wearing those trashy sunglasses! You’ll have to find something else useful to do with them! How about you go write a blog post and leave me alone!”


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David Swindle is the associate editor of PJ Media. He writes and edits articles and blog posts on politics, news, culture, religion, and entertainment. He edits the PJ Lifestyle section and the PJ columnists. Contact him at DaveSwindlePJM @ and follow him on Twitter @DaveSwindle. He has worked full-time as a writer, editor, blogger, and New Media troublemaker since 2009, at PJ Media since 2011. He graduated with a degree in English (creative writing emphasis) and political science from Ball State University in 2006. Previously he's also worked as a freelance writer for The Indianapolis Star and the film critic for He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and their Siberian Husky puppy Maura.

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I hope you washed the heck out of your hands, jacket and anything else those might have touched. After all, you have some idea of where they've been.
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Most likely broken while someone was drunk and/or high.

And THAT is why they symbolize the broken dreams of Tinseltown.
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Be careful, Dave. Thinking has been known to cause irreparable harm to those who ponder the mysteries of the universe.
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