I have a new hobby. Here’s what I like about it: It requires absolutely none of my time and even less of my thinking.
My brother introduced me to it when we were on our way to Pittsburgh one weekend this past May. Somewhere along I-70 E, he said this:
“Have you ever noticed how many shoes are on the highway?”
No, I never had. I’d seen shoes on the road, but I’d never given that fact much thought.
Until I started to see them everywhere.
Now, when I spy a roadside shoe, I call SC and say, “I’ve seen a shoe!” Then I wait for his congratulations and promptly hang up. I wish he’d return the favor, because honestly, if there’s a roadside shoe out there, I want to know about it.
I thought maybe SC and I were alone in this game, but we’re not. Here’s how I know:
It’s a whole site exclusively committed to the global spotting of roadside shoes! There’s even a section devoted to the mythology behind the single shoe phenomenon. New favorite thing!
So consider this a heads up: You may see photos of roadside shoes on this blog from time to time. Also, if you spot a roadside shoe, I hope you’ll take a picture and send it to me. I may even feature it here—so that you and the shoe can be famous. Like this:
Today’s Roadside Shoes: Courtesy of my friend Megan and her fabulous blog, http://elvisonvelvet.posterous.com/. Megan started her blog after some friends encouraged her to take and upload one photo a day. She’s talented, her sense of humor is simply quite great, and she’s a Pittsburgh gal, after all. And you know how I love me some Pittsburgh.
Megan even blogged about her roadside shoes here.
See? That was easy. Got a roadside shoe? Send a .jpg, just like Megan did in the comments below.
Today, I’m wearing one of my favorite pairs of shoes. I haven’t worn them all summer, and couldn’t remember why, until my heels hit the marble floors of my corporate offices. The problem: One heel is missing its tiny rubber sole, and when I walk, it sounds like I’m wearing a single tap shoe. You wouldn’t think people would notice, but they do. And when they do, they shoot me bewildered, incredulous looks. So, here’s a photo of my soon-to-be-roadside shoe. You might find it on 315-S later today.
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