Scrapbook Ninety Nine Point Five…



I have rules:

No one comes in my bathroom and that’s final. Except to get dirty clothes from my hamper when I’m not there. But they’d better not mess with any of my other stuff.


I don’t like clutter so everything on my counter is necessary. Kleenex, tooth brushes, clock, and sink are on the left. Lotion in the middle. A wooden box for pennies, and my TV on the right. Everything else is hidden in drawers or cabinets. That’s me in the three mirrors. I cannot imagine why there are three mirrors.


My wife designed my shower except I didn’t want it enclosed with glass. She said I’d have to squeegee it after each shower and I knew that wasn’t going to happen. I’m careful not to splash.

And she put the huge skylight above my sprinkler. It’s just right there, and let’s light from the entire world in on me while I’m standing naked. Next time I’ll design my own shower. That’s shampoo and conditioner on the banco, and my towel drying on the warmer. I don’t know why the wall is pink in this photo. Please don’t tell anyone the walls in my bathroom are pink. They’re white.


This door goes to my closet where my jeans and shirts are stored. The flowers never bloom but who cares?


This door leads to our bedroom. When it’s locked I can exhale and loosen my belt two notches. It’s where the ever vigilant Tesuque and I can hide from the grandkids and the rest of the world.


Our 17th century Spanish traveling desk stands against the south wall. It has children’s faces carved up and down both sides.




The sculptures on top are an antique Kongo nail fetish and an old pottery children’s game bowl from Mexico. And in-between is my faithful bamboo back scratcher that has served me so well for about sixty-years. If you look close you can see it. In the mirror that’s me again, also early Spanish. The mirror I mean, not me.

How fortunate we are to have the luxury of warm water and electricity, an extravagance that 80% of the world population doesn’t have. That fact is not lost on me.


106 thoughts on “Scrapbook Ninety Nine Point Five…

  1. Oh good me first 🙂

    I love stories like that:)
    Don’t u just love mirrors?

    Beautiful desk 🙂
    And I love arch doors in fact I love arches everywhere it adds to the look of the home:)

    Oh yes clutter I hate clutter
    I’m so proud that your bathroom is so clean. Especially for a man:)

    The shower has a warming touch of color I would say Mrs. Peggy did a fine job 🙂 !!!!!!!

      • I have been to tesuque,new mexico too,nada there.been to camel rock,nada.I think it is here in Colorado and I told mr. forrest where I think it is ,but have not heard from him,need to go look,but i’m scared to go down there.been up above central city near Nevadaville, serene in the cemeteries up there.peaceful and awesome.been to red rocks looking,been to the staute of Christ on the mountain,buffalo bills grave,went up the old scary road,two lane switch back.bikers love it,so you have to watch them peddeling up the mountain,I enjoy watching the people fly off of mount zion above school of mines.and love to sit on side of clear creek and watch the people in their little kayaks go under the water and come back up.they get caught in the current under there.just amazing things to do.they remind me of little ducks.don’t drink,so I have not been to coors,i don’t like the smell of the hops or yeast,i smell around to tell you a story about me and my sister at one park in golden by coors,golden,clear creek.we were looking at the small dam closure by coors and she got goosed in the butt,she was about to turn around and smack the crap out of someone,and it really was a goose,i laughed so hard,and so did she,cause she was ready to give somebody what now I tell her duck, duck goose.and she’ll start real life,got goosed by a goose in the cracker.virginia diane

    • What interesting Dal is that it is where Frank Turley’s blacksmith shop is. I have always liked page 136 the best. The way Forrest describes the making of the horseshoe. It is so descriptive….I really felt like I was there with Forrest watching, listening, and smelling the same things he was.

  2. Thought I was first 🙁

    Oh well I guess I will go and roast some marshmallows in my burn pile that we raked up last night 🙂

    Yes need a coat hanger first 🙂

  3. Gee Forrest when you open up you really open up! LOL

    That beautiful pink tint was from those clouds in the sky. I didnt think a little pink would scare you? 🙂

    You have a lovely home, thank you for letting us see your kingdom.

  4. You ff crack me up in a good way. This reminds me of one of my grandpa’s own numerous,humourous antics in his later years. God bless.

  5. Scrapbook 99.5? Forrest you are too funny! 🙂

    Love your home – Peggy did a great job designing it, including the skylight over the shower. 🙂 The writing desk is a beautiful piece with those wonderfully carved cherubs on the sides, and the other items in your bath are wonderful also.

  6. Forrest….Your message is not lost on me! I read you loud and clear…Thank you for the two missing shirts and left tor right comments in scrapbook 99…that plus the new scrapbook sealed my solve! Waiting patiently for her to indulge me… until spring!

    • Michael

      Umm humm
      So you think u have this: good luck see u in the Spring lol

      Yes when I get there to my location I’m just ganna Boogie right on up to the BLAZE 🙂

      Confidence once again, and Patience don’t u like that word?

    • Yep this solved it for me also……I finally got it. It only took 100.5 hints. Rearrange the tiles and it’s obviously a map that goes with the gold dust map. Notice the time on the clock. One shot has the TV off, the next shot the TV is on. Why is he framed in the small mirror, he could easily not have done that. Why does he mention the pink walls, I’m sure he understands white balance when taking or editing a photo. I wasn’t for sure, but Tesuque nailed it for me.

      I’m not waiting til spring.

  7. You sure are getting up close and personal now if we could get some close shots of where the chest rests.. think I’ll get me a hot dog roast going… not you tusu you weigh as much as the chest I bet.

    • I agree, Onuat. That looks like a beautiful green marble. It very earthy and natural. I love natural stone. I hope one day to learn how to do that.

      Btw, for some reason this Scrapbook makes me think of a radio station…with some DJ…like that guy in Chicago who interviewed Forrest…or better yet, some sultry female voice…saying, “When you’re hearing continuous hits…you’re hearing…Forrest…99 point 5”. 🙂

    • Forrest, that’s quite the honest look-see. Peggy did a nice job picking beautiful stone tile. In my bathroom, I most enjoy the tub – time to think, read, or imagine pictures in the natural veins of the tile. To date, I can find 11 different animals, 2 birds, a bow/arrow, the outline of florida and idaho, a heart, and some animals playing musical instraments – all on one piece of natural stone tile. Nature’s artwork with a bit of imagination. 10 years and I’m still solving one piece of tile – this doesn’t bode well for me in solving the poem! 🙂

  8. Scrapbook 99.5, 99.6, 99.7, 99.8, 99.9, 99.99, 99.999, 99.9999, How many clues and hints are there? Oh my it is never going to end is it?!?!

    • It reminds me of playing hide and seek with my brother after we learned about fractions. That last second lasted for at least a whole minute… 😀

      • …or infinity! LOL! I used to play that trick on my brother. The first time he must have waited for a few hours until he remembered what an awesome joker I am…and that I was likely eating nachos at the seven-eleven and NOT looking for him.

  9. Ha, ha, I love it Mr. Fenn. I Love getting to know a little bit about you and getting a glimpse of your treasures and home. Thank you. P.S. I too feel fortunate to afford the luxury of warm water and electricity.

  10. Very nice forrest, the bathroom makes mine look like a small closet.
    No matter it still serves it’s purpose.

    Please give Tesuque a rub for me. 🙂

  11. Forrest,

    I won’t say anything about your ‘pink’ walls, but that ‘pink’ towel, that’s gotta go…LOL. BTW your Christmas cactus (or Thanksgiving cactus) will only bloom once a year. Have they ever bloomed for you over the years? Beautiful blooms, too bad they don’t last longer.

  12. Bigger isn’t always better take a hole in your head for a example..Nice mirrors Almost as good as the ones on my Ford… 🙂

  13. “As I have gone alone in there”….. Bathroom
    “Begin it where warm waters halt”…. hint: not in his bathroom, but further down the line.

    Works for my solve perfectly. Been stuck on the last stanza for over a year though. The path so far has not been easy, but it has been sure.

  14. When my husband and I went to Costa Rica, we were in a hotel in the cloud forest that had an open shower similar to yours. It had walls that came up about your showers wall height, but a little shorter and it had the roof, but the windows were not there so it was like being outside. A little green tree frog with red eyes took a shower with me. And in the morning, we were awakened by a toucan, which we didn’t appreciate properly. It was a great trip, so many animals!

  15. mr. forrest,ms.peggy put the three mirrors in your bathroom,so you can see how handsome you are all over when do have a lovely home.I don’t blame you ,my bathroom is my private space.I think the skylight was a lovely idea.large closet ,large bathroom,boy are you clean up pretty good.i’d say splash away,as that sure is a beautiful shower,wow.a tv in your bathroom,really,never heard of that.your bathroom does look pink haha.but white it is.the carved wood is amazing.and tes-key-que,still follows sweet.I have a fawn mini pincher,I could put white Dots on her and she’d look like a baby deer.shes a spoiled mess,love her much.always loyal,no matter what.virginia diane

  16. Forrest, Thanks for sharing your bathroom with us. Your wife has good taste,and I am sure you know that by now. The traveling desk is just great. I love old furniture…

  17. The Phantom had great mobility 🙂 So, I doubt, you can keep him in the house if there was a excuse.

    The stick flew high
    it touched the sky.
    He came down
    without his crown.
    King of fools

  18. If Peg claims the kitchen as her personal domain, Forrest will need to bargain with her to get his toothbrush cleaned… Which reminds me, don’t cha think that Forrest could write a book on cleaver usages of common household items? I gotta assume he has a number of unique ideas for utilizing plastic wrap, bleach or tools in the shed.

  19. Yes you wrote about the skylight and other features in your TTOTC book and we all thought it was a clue then and we believe it now. Come on Chasers, lets figure this one out. Mr. Fenn and his slick self, is reinforcing his first Treasure book!! But what does it all mean? Hey Ya’ll, I have been soooooo busy and out of the game lately and miss the challenge!! I do read the blogs but have not commented in months. See you all in the funny papers and at the finish line!! MS Girl

    • Judy Ms. Girl – nice to see you back.
      Sky light, F’s portrait in mirror, tri-mirror images (fenn, phantom, shadow), showering in the open, water sprinkling from above, arched doorways, natural stone color of patinized bronze, Time ticking away, Fenn in the Middle, window shade exactly 1/2 open, maybe RR will peek in, brown dog, near Peggy-his true treasure, Spanish theme, his domain is his kingdom, message of infinity, mirages. The antiques are intriquing and Fenn’s always a hoot. Entertaining as we que up for a tour of FF’s bathroom like frogs on his treasure log ready to leap, but trapped in our own brain fog.

  20. I stumbled across this article in people magazine from 1986. Thought it was interesting maybe others would care to read.,,20093822,00.html
    Fenn claims an inventory worth $20 million and presides over it all with a staff of 16 and a seemingly cavalier attitude. “Does the guy at One Hour Martinizing love dirty clothes?” Fenn asks, knowing the answer full well. “Does the guy selling used cars like clunkers? Art is a business, and what I love is the business. I’m not particularly into art.”

  21. I had to look at the pictures again because everyone is talking about items in them, and I noticed I think I have the exact same clock. Mine is an old wind up clock that I used when I was a teenager because I did not have outlets in my bedroom, but it looks the same as that clock.

  22. So why remove the telephone to take the picture? Funny stuff. The last place I want to talk on the phone is in the bathroom. 🙂

  23. Tesque is the cutest. How he can look both happy and forlorn at the same time, I don’t know. Maybe he’s feeling as I do when someone takes a picture of me, lol.

    I feel there are subtle hints everywhere in this little piece of Forrestabilia, but who can say for sure? If there’s one thing I’ve learned in this search, is that coincidences are everywhere. I don’t feel hard logic will solve this.

    However, combine a deep thinker with an imagination and mix that with some intuition and maybe a pure heart…

    I love the bathroom, but I love my bathtub. It’s where I do my deep thinking. 🙂

    I am so tempted to move back to Albuquerque to pursue the search more thoroughly. If I get bad news with my biopsy, I may just do that. The kids have been dying to move back ever since we moved away.

    Springtime in Albuquerque in the Sandia foothills, riding my bike alongside a buffalo herd was magical. Even more magical than surfing in the Shark Bite Capitol of the world.

    I am ready for a change. The stirring in my heart makes me want to live life a little more fully…deeply. 🙂

    P.S. I don’t think that was Judge Judy. Maybe “Dancing with the Stars?”

  24. Mindy
    I was wondering where u were 🙂
    Glad u are back.
    Now let’s find that chest of Gold 🙂 !!!!!

    We have plenty time
    Unless Lou, Michael, or Goofy finds it first 🙂

  25. Hi Forrest, curious if you know when that travelling desk came to America. Was that thing a witness to history? Wouldn’t that be special.

  26. Hello Forrest,

    Really like your bathroom. Does you’re aversion to clutter stem form your military training? I have a shower similar to yours and I do not splash, either. My wife trained me not to, in a similar manner as Peggy did when she suggested the squeegee!!

    Agree with you that few people recognize the opportunities we have here. Such as warm water and electricity. It’s too bad modern technology can’t devise a method to produce more hydroelectric power, without adversely affecting the ecosystems with dams. Lots of water runs out of the mountains.

    Thanks again for the stories……..loco

  27. Just finished going back through this scrapbook again. This thing seems laden with hints, and not too many people are discussing much about it. Strange. Now, if I could just put all these hints together and get them to make some kind of sense…
    Sounds like a few have figured out some answers. “Good for you all!”

  28. How about that mirror on the wall chapter? Maybe that is a twin reference, mirror image. This post has him looking into a mirror. Two items on either side of the mirror twins….? Curious also about…and with my treasures bold. Surface meaning a bold maneuver. As I have gone alone in there (first part) and with my treasures bold. (2ND PART)

    • Wow, the extra long day of work will have me catching up on comments til midnight!

      Yep, I think there are clues here. I also think there are some locational type clues in the Mike Kammerer story, and a couple others.

    • Yes, I have comments.
      oh, cr@p, i’ve just wrecked my dads vintage Ferrari! Forrest can I please come hide with you in your bathroom? Will you protect me with that wicked knife or deploy Gold Bond lotion on my dad if he comes looking!

      • Lol, that’s a funny movie. I like that contemporary house with all the glass. It’s a bit too cold for me, but architecturally pleasing in it’s wooded setting. It’s in Illinois I believe. I saw it for sale a year or so ago.

        • I had a calculus teacher that spoke in a monotone just like in Ferris. Each morning he would go through attendance, we would be laughing so hard because it was just like in the movie.

          • Well, I guess if you have to get up every morning to teach calculus, I can see the tendency for becoming monotone… Numbers are boring to me. Although very important also. I just can’t get there.
            I’m more of a visual/artistic minded person.

          • You might have liked calculus, there were a lot of very creative graphs that we created with our formulas. This was before all the fancy calculators to draw the graphs for you.

          • Mine was just algebra, but it was always a struggle staying awake. Many times I fell asleep in his class.
            He was also a minister, I thought his congregation probably had the same problem. 🙂

          • My classes were scheduled in the afternoon. Calc was my first at 1:30PM. I was working 3rd shift I would get home, sleep a few hours, then I would go over to a friends house and we would have a hamburger lunch, a few beers, then go to school. Listening to his voice after a few beers put me asleep.

            One guy in the class would balance his class ring on his fingertip, so when he started to go asleep, his ring would fall, hit the desk, and wake us all up.

          • It was in the afternoon, I forget because I worked third shift. So I would wake up, eat lunch (breakfast) go to school.

        • I forget my dates as well, except the ones that invite me in for a cup of coffee – I enjoy a good cup of coffee. One date did so and to my surprise she didn’t have any coffee… not even a coffee pot…I told her the next morning, Sorry this isn’t going to to work out.

          This was in the day before, The World Wide Web. It’s so much easier today… just send a text.

  29. I finally toured f’s now famous bathroom tile collection. Found a St. Bernard dog in the top left tile and a beautiful eagle landing below. Hmmm, anyone else think he hand picked each tile?

    • anna, My impression of this SB was that f doesn’t like the tile in his bathroom because of the imagery he sees in the them. So no, I don’t think he hand picked the tiles. Did you see these images of the St. Bernard and eagle in the SB pictures? I wonder if these images are significant to solving the poem.

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