Oh. Those Canadians!

Secret Stash

Secret Stash

As part of the fix for our frozen pipes, they had to remove the 1970-era paneling from the walls of our basement. I was downstairs when they pulled the wall from the area that is “under the steps.” The area “under the steps” is like a secret room, accessible only from a bedroom closet and then through a 3/4 height door. We use area for storage but this one particular part of the room we didn’t use. Someone had installed a makeshift shelf in a nook under the steps in an area that was 6′ high but only about 4 feet by 5 feet wide. On that shelf was this Canadian bottle of Smirnoff Vodka and a single cut glass stemware!! How do I know it’s Canadian? Well, the label is half English, half French and reads, “Made in Canada,” all clues. Our house was built in 1970 and one of the first occupants, we are told by original owner neighbors, was a Canadian diplomat. Not the ambassador type of diplomat but a diplomat nonetheless. Supposedly they had epic parties in this house and this Vodka bottle may have been the leftovers of a secret rendezvous for serial partygoers! Or, it could have been the hideout for the diplomat’s children! My imagination runs wild!! This stuff has been there for at least 40 years! A fun to think about when sometimes fun isn’t happening.


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