Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Best Just Humour Me...



I saw this yesterday and it made me grin. Broadly. Then it prompted me to turn around and drive home to fetch my camera, putting me squarely, but-dammit-who-cares, behind schedule. Even though I now* know that there’s some dark and sordid (urban myth?) ‘thing’ associated with shoes dangling by tied-up shoelaces and telegraph wires and dodgy drug dealers and whatnot (has anyone told the cops?), I’m sorry but I’m still grinning. Widely.



Anyway, no straight-thinking dealer type is likely to lurk and perch on top of the bridge where this was spotted. Nup. I’m thinking schoolies. I’m thinking exam results. I’m thinking the exhilaration of exam result celebration and growing wings and a gloriously-long summer holiday stretching all the way over to the horizon before it’s time to FLY!



Course, I could be so wrong.

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* only because you lot told me. I am a scarily innocent, naive type. AND HASN’T SOMEONE TOLD THE COPS?

28 comments:

Di said...

I've never heard the drug connection before. I prefer to take them as a display of exuberance and excitement whenever I see them.

Ellieboo said...

That is hilarious - I would have had the broad grin too. My kid always points out shoes hanging up on wire and saying "thats silly" - wonder what she would say to this display.

Bree said...

I once heard that dangling shoes were the result of someone spontaneously combusting. I giggle every time I see them.

1/4 of an inch said...

I LOVE it...best to be naive I think...

xxt

Posie Patchwork said...

Darling Tania, guess what, red lights are for parties!! I think the drug thing is pretty silly, as if the police wouldn't know?? With all those shoes, it must be a drug shopping centre!! Love Posie

Kate said...

Did you know its called 'shoefitti'! How cool is that! i just learned that the other day and now I can't stop looking for them in the hope that i can use the word in public (casually) and sound like I am in the know.

Melanie Gray Augustin said...

Oh I love the first picture even more now for knowing that you went home to get your camera and back again to take it. Na, I hadn't heard about the dealer thing either, though I'm about to click on the link to check it out... Much prefer your schoolies theory :)

clare's craftroom said...

Look how many there are ! What fantastic photos ! Gotta go , I'm calling the cops .

Shannon said...

You live in a dodgy drug area but who cares because oh what a glorious blue sky!

Tas said...

That is impressive. I have only ever seen a shoe here or there...and have looked around surrepticiously each time for the drug deal going on in our street :p I am guessing that you wouldn't be able to miss that many in one spot lol. I much prefer your exuberance theory. Either that or some nutter owns a cherry picker and a lot of spare shoes...

Madeline said...

I'd never heard the drug explanation. I always thought dangling high wire shoes meant a bully had stolen them and tossed them up. They do look funny all in a row like that. I've only ever seen one or two at a time.

Needled Mom said...

That was my comment the first time someone told me the meaning of the shoes. That is quite a stash of shoes there!!!!

june at noon said...

I'd say that would be a pretty creative dealer, or a whole convention of them. Either way, I like your explanation better.

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

The dodgy drug dealers that strut around our mini Red Light district don't look as though they're into being creative with footwear .Far too busy .
Sonata .

Anonymous said...

here in the states it was common to tie and throw the shoes of someone who was killed in a drive-by shooting. now its just become the cool thing to do. possibly just to get rid of a pair you don't like but mom makes you wear.

Andi said...

You crazy woman you!!!!

katiecrackernuts said...

The drive-by shooting thing is a little scary, given the number of them we've had in Sydney this past year. I had heard the drugs thing too. We had a pair dangling near our house when we first moved in. I kept waiting for the shady questions to be asked. Not a one.

Suzy said...

That's fantastic! And I think you're probably right about schoolies.

Lots of dangling shoes around here too, and my 3-year-old likes to speculate that someone got their shoes wet in a puddle and hung them out to dry. Which I prefer to the drug suggestion, although spontaneous combustion is an even better theory. Although perhaps difficult to explain to a 3-year-old.

Sally said...

Loving the shoefitti. Uber ace.

Stomper Girl said...

I always think that too, about surely someone's told the cops about this?

Suse said...

It's an urban myth apparently.

Fer said...

That's a hell of a lot of drug dealers in one spot then! I've heard that theory too, but I like yours better. :-)

Marcus said...

I think your theory is a much better (and more likely!) one.

amitie girl said...

I've always got my eyes on the sky too - not because I am looking to score but shoes on a wire put a smile on my face too!
Love the photos!

Cathy {tinniegirl} said...

Have you seen the sneaker pattern in Yarn Bombing? Are you thinking what I'm thinking????

Sandrine said...

I start seeing them everywhere but not with the same blue sky background? I wonder if they will become new trendy birds nest or something :)

Kylie said...

Oh I love it!!! Fantastic pics too, Mrs. Kx

p.s. I think you're right about the schoolies ;)

Hayley Egan said...

Someone told me that when I was living in Collingwood. And I've always thought the same thing... surely advertising is not a smart move for a drug dealer?