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  • - I just bought a total stranger's diary off the internet.

  • Oh, God!

  • She's inside my head.

  • This is going badly.

  • (upbeat music)

  • One weird thing you can buy on eBay

  • is a stranger's diary.

  • You can bid on a total stranger's most personal thoughts.

  • Most of the diaries you find on eBay

  • are from 50 to 100 years ago or more.

  • But I want to see if I can find a diary from recent times,

  • something that was written in like the last 20 years.

  • Okay, I found a diary from the early 2000s.

  • (upbeat rock music)

  • It's from 2001 to 2005,

  • written by someone who lived in Illinois.

  • You have to assume that the person who wrote the diary

  • probably, when they wrote it, had no idea

  • anyone would ever be reading it.

  • I don't know what I'm gonna find in these diaries.

  • What if it's like "Dear Diary, today I murdered."

  • The starting price is $4.95, I'm gonna try

  • bidding $6 and see what happens.

  • Somebody else wants this diary.

  • So I've been outbid and I'm in a bid war.

  • I'm gonna increase my maximum bid from $6 to $60.

  • Hopefully it doesn't go up more from that.

  • Two more people are trying to bid on this diary.

  • Things are getting intense.

  • I bid $100 and somebody still beat me.

  • I'm gonna have to play hardball and I'm gonna bid $200

  • for this early 2000s diary from Illinois.

  • Let's see how much it's really worth to these people.

  • I won, but I had to pay $160.

  • So, I drove up the price quite a bit.

  • Let's hope there's some murder in these diaries

  • and not just like "Today I ate another bowl of oatmeal."

  • These are the diaries of a stranger.

  • Dream!

  • Whoa, this is very jam-packed with a lot of handwriting.

  • A lot of very small handwriting.

  • We have no idea who wrote these,

  • how old they were, what their gender was,

  • we don't know if they're still alive.

  • I'm gonna take a look inside

  • and give 'em a read, and I'll get back to you.

  • This diary still has a pen attached,

  • so this was probably the pen

  • that this person used to write this.

  • So, I emailed the eBay seller to try to get

  • some more information on these diaries,

  • and the person who sold them definitely didn't write them.

  • He said he bought them from an estate sale.

  • That means that the person who wrote them has possibly died.

  • This might be a dead person's pen.

  • This handwriting is incredibly hard to read,

  • so this is a challenge.

  • "Thursday, January 4th, 2001.

  • "Didn't sleep well last night.

  • "Watched some TV then went to post office

  • "and after that to Walmart.

  • "Bought three plastic bins and SlimFast.

  • "Home at one PM."

  • I'm definitely getting the impression that this is a woman.

  • Even just reading the mundane details of somebody's life,

  • it still feels very personal to be reading it.

  • So, this woman keeps writing about someone named Micki,

  • and I really thought Micki was a baby,

  • and I was like, why does this lady have

  • a random baby in her house named Micki?

  • And then I realized, Micki's a dog.

  • Micki is a dog. (bark)

  • "Wednesday, February 7th, 2001.

  • "Up at 8:30, Micki very restless all night long."

  • The woman who wrote this diary has had to endure

  • some rude comments from someone named Lydia,

  • and I think Lydia is either her stepmom or her sister,

  • and basically Lydia said "You don't wear clothes well."

  • That's mean.

  • And then she says "Your stomach sticks out.

  • "Your pants are too small."

  • "Tuesday, January 9th, 2001.

  • "Watched Oprah.

  • "Friday, February 9th, 2001.

  • "Slept well last night, but had a lousy day.

  • "All I wanted to do was sleep and eat."

  • I've been reading the diary for days now

  • and, so far, no murders.

  • I'm starting to get the sense that

  • there will be no murders in this diary.

  • It's a lot of drinking SlimFast,

  • a lot of going to Walmart,

  • a lot of watching The Price is Right,

  • but, hey, that's better than murdering,

  • let's be honest, from a moral standpoint.

  • Well, the handwriting is hard to read,

  • but the more I read it, the more I start to understand it.

  • It's like my brain has finally figured out the code.

  • I'm in her head, she's in my head.

  • "Saturday, January 6th, 2001.

  • "Up at 10:00, didn't sleep well.

  • "Thursday, February 8th, 2001.

  • "Didn't sleep again last night."

  • She writes down what time she wakes up.

  • She writes down whether or not she slept well.

  • Oftentimes, she doesn't sleep well.

  • It's hard when you wake up in the morning

  • and you feel like crap, and it sounds like

  • that's happening a lot for her.

  • Every single night she doesn't sleep well,

  • it's just "Didn't sleep very well," "Didn't sleep again,"

  • "Didn't sleep well again," "Didn't sleep again."

  • Every time she says "I finally had a good night's sleep,"

  • I'm like, good, good, finally!

  • I feel deeply connected, and I want

  • everything to be okay for this woman.

  • She keeps talking about someone named J.J. calling,

  • and I think that J.J. could be a son or a daughter.

  • "Wednesday, January 10th, 2001.

  • "J.J. didn't call today, I should call him tomorrow."

  • J.J., get it together!

  • Call your mom!

  • I've just come across one of the more exciting things

  • that I have encountered in this diary, and that's diarrhea.

  • "October 10th, 2002.

  • "I got up at 8:30, have diarrhea again."

  • I'm inspired by this because I've written in a diary before

  • and I don't think I would ever mention

  • that I have diarrhea, and to be this comfortable

  • with yourself, to say I have diarrhea in your diary,

  • I think we should all strive to be that comfortable

  • talking about diarrhea.

  • Almost every day, she writes "Woke up with Micki."

  • Micki is mentioned almost every day.

  • So, Micki seems like a good dog.

  • She's running errands, she stops at McDonald's,

  • she gets two Happy Meals, one for herself

  • and one for Micki, the dog. (bark)

  • I think she has an older father

  • that she has to care for sometimes.

  • "Tuesday, January 9th, 2001.

  • "Dad went downstairs, so I tidied his room

  • "and aired out his bed.

  • "Read paper after Dad was finished.

  • "Had juice and Dad and I watched Price is Right

  • "and then he ate his breakfast.

  • "Lydia got up and I had SlimFast

  • "while she had some oatmeal."

  • I feel like what I'm learning from reading these diaries,

  • it's gonna sound cheesy, but I feel like

  • you can learn something from every person.

  • There's not a bunch of exciting stuff happening in here,

  • there's nothing crazy, and yet,

  • I still feel inspired by this woman.

  • You know, she's writing down all her personal thoughts

  • and she never once says a negative thing

  • about another person, and she makes her bed every day,

  • and I just feel like, I did not realize

  • this was going to be such an emotional roller coaster.

  • I honestly did not.

  • And I would be so cranky if I couldn't sleep all the time,

  • and maybe she was, I haven't found anything mean or cranky

  • written in five years' worth of diaries.

  • I'm on the very last journal.

  • In case you were wondering, Micki is still alive and well

  • and the end. (bark)

  • The very last entry, December 2nd, 2006, says

  • "Slept pretty good, on the couch by the fireplace."

  • I'm not gonna cry again, I am not gonna cry again.

  • (upbeat music)

- I just bought a total stranger's diary off the internet.

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I Bought A Stranger's Diary

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    April Lu posted on 2018/02/10
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