Y’all have helped me solve some incredible mysteries. Like the 46 year old note from “Donkeyman” Jimmy Robertson, and the 7 year old message in a bottle from Sabine of Dusseldorf, Germany. Couldn’t have solved those without your help!
I need your help again! We’re gonna solve a “cold case” this time–a message in a bottle found by Stefanie Padilla on Hermosa Beach, CA, in 2013. In fact, she found EIGHT messages inside one bottle, all from German-speaking folks.
In fact, Stefanie discovered the bottled notes as they floated to shore! Can you believe it? Here’s the bottle, on it’s way in:
As you can see the messages were sent in a plastic bottle, so it’s really lucky Stefanie found it. I say “lucky” because plastic bottles don’t last very long in the ocean before they break down and their bits can be mistaken for food by sea critters. And, of course, that would mean the messages would be lost! So thanks to Stefanie for picking it up–this is on bottle that won’t harm any animals! And it’s a reminder to the rest of us to pick up a few pieces of plastic trash next time we’re beachcombing 🙂
I first shared Stefanie’s quest for the senders of a message in a bottle back when she found it. But we couldn’t find the senders. And there are lots of senders! This bottle contained 8 notes! Translations are a combination of my work, Stefanie’s (and her friends), and Peter Stein’s.
Reading these messages, I am inspired by all the wishes of health and happiness in this bottle. Time after time, messages in bottles bring out the goodwill in people. Somehow, they allow us to share our most heartfelt wishes for one another. That’s a big part of what drives me to try to hard to connect message in a bottle senders and finders.
In this case, since all the notes are in German, it’s pretty likely that the folks who sent them are from Germany / Switzerland / Austria, the main German-speaking countries. They could also be from Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, or Belgium.
Personally, I think it would be wonderful to connect Stefanie with the people who sent these messages. They’re such lovely sentiments, aren’t they?
What you can do to help: Share this post via Facebook and Twitter! It doesn’t matter if you don’t know many European people yourself, because your friends might! It will really help to share this among German, Swiss, and Austrian friends, of course.
All we have to go on are names: Jens & Silke, R. & Lo. Lenz, and Jirko. One note is addressed to Ines & Ruediger.
Let’s find them!