Pink Flamingos, Mayan Calendar and An Axe Found on Beach

A Fox Point homeowner with beach property got a big surprise when he found a small enclave set up on the beach which resembled a good prep for the end of the world due in December.

A homeowner in the 1500 block of West Fairy Chasm Road was a bit frightened Saturday when he noticed some strange items along the beach in front of his house — so frightened, he wouldn't go down to investigate the odd objects alone. 

Both the homeowner and the Bayside police officer walked down the steps together, according to a police report, and found a mattress and a pink sleeping bag. There were also various beer and liquor bottles strewn in the vicinity, but that wasn't all. 

They continued walking and just to the north, they found a campsite complete with a chair, fire pit, pans, a pink plastic flamingo and some incense. There was also a child-sized xylophone, a Buddha statue and a Mayan calendar. The “campsite” appeared to have been raked of leaves, but did not appear to be used regularly or recently, according to the report. The campsite was in the 9000 block of North Bayside Drive.

Police confiscated an axe and a hedge trimmer and brought them back to the station.

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But this isn’t the only weird Bayside news recently. Just two weeks ago, police found a cold, nearly full case of beer.

Around 9 p.m. Nov. 20, an officer was on patrol near the intersection of Rexleigh and Glencoe when he discovered an open case of beer next to the road just east of the intersection. According to the report, the officer checked the case and discovered it was a cold, 12-pack of Bud Light with only one can missing.

Police didn’t find anyone in the area who owned the beer, so it was inventoried as found property at the police station. 

Ray Ray Johnson December 10, 2012 at 01:32 PM
I'll bet the axe was for firewood. The pink flamingo was corrupted as a lesbian talisman, I've recently learned, which also probably also explains the mattress and hedge trimmer. As for the xylephone, just a little mood music to make it a special night, like having a cheap knockoff of a Jamaican steel drum band.
@-;-'---- Rose December 10, 2012 at 10:14 PM
You know so much....maybe the set-up on the beach was yours?? I "get" everything but the hedge trimmer?? Hey don't forget to pick up your beer while it's still cold. LOL
Luke December 11, 2012 at 06:22 AM
Clearly it was a secret rallying point for the blue fisters.
Sarah Worthman December 11, 2012 at 04:43 PM
@Joe - WOW! I laughed so loud I snorted. Oh my, thank you for pointing that out! Of COURSE it would go to an election story! I'm now updating that link. My apologies, I'm still working on this HTML stuff. Thanks for pointing that out :)
Ryan September 07, 2013 at 02:50 PM
Okay okay okay. I confess. The campsite was mine. I didn't know there was another one 40 feet from me when I set up base. The other one belonged to a guy whom I've never met but tried to communicate with through notes. He appeared very messy, while I took pride in my space. And yes, I regularly raked the area. I recorded cassettes of myself playing xylophone over the waves of Lake Michigan and often walked up and down the beach picking up trash. I maintained a job downtown Milwaukee and made the commute via bike multiple times a day. Never wanted to cause any disturbance, just wanted a little peace and relaxation for a month or so.


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