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Thursday, April 3, 2008

Mundane Mysteries

So why do kids throw their shoes (or maybe their friends' shoes) over the power lines?

9 comments:

Olivier said...

beau coup d'œil, j'aime beaucoup, c'est original.

Beautiful glance, I really like is original.

J.A.Aldeia said...

Power! That's what makes (half) the world go around.

Destitute Rebel said...

Looks like a scene from the movie "wag the dog". Nice picture.

Fénix - Bostonscapes said...

Oh, you have that out there too! It's something about territorial gang stuff.

bitingmidge said...

I"ve taken a few photos like this too, perhaps it's time for a theme day!

I always feel angry/sad, either someone has been bullied, or someone has no appreciation for the value of their shoes, either way I like your stuff!

Jana said...

Kids in my neighborhood used to do that. They did it for no good reason, just something to do.

Sally said...

There's various theories about it. One is that it designates that drugs are available in the locale, another that it's gang turf. My theory? Someone did it once, and it's copycat behaviour - vacuous and meaningless.

USelaine said...

I've seen them both in towns and out in the middle of the countryside. Someday, all sneakers will be closed with velcro. Then what will they do?

Kris McCracken said...

I've heard both the "gang marking their territory" explanation and the "memorial to slain gang member" explanation.

In my experience, ‘Bitingmidge’ (cruel thing to call a baby, by the way) is closer to the truth. The shoes usually belonged to tormented little obese children who played the clarinet or trombone, and the bullies had chucked their shoes to where they could not be retrieved.

It is indeed a cruel world that we live in.