Sunday, July 26, 2009

Continuation on a Theme...

There are many reasons to go for a walk: the obvious health benefits, the pleasant way it gives you space to think, and if you live near me the sheer excitement of not knowing what the heck you're going to come across.

Let's see, there was the time I ran into the Poop Lady, then that once when I tried to save the fish (that weren't really drowning, as it turns out), and of course there was the day when I discovered the house with a strange cage outside. (That fairy cage has since disappeared. I'm hoping the wee little creature escaped.)

You'll never believe what I found on yesterday's stroll. Looks like something in the river, something tied to that metal post. Hmmm, what could it be?

Let's get a closer look.

Yep, you guessed it. It's some sort of toilet (urinal?). At first I thought it was just thrown into the river because someone wanted to get rid of it. Which while definitely something you don't see everyday, is not so extremely odd. But I couldn't help think about that pink ribbon attached to it.

Then the herd of elementary kids showed up on their bicycles. Squeaking to a stop they all points and made comments:

"There it is!"
"You're right!"

And that's when I figured it out. This was put in there on purpose. The purpose, maybe, clean it? Like maybe it was so nasty the owner decided to detach it from his wall, tie a ribbon to it, and drop it into the river next door.

And sure enough when I went for another walk several hours later it was gone.

I'm thinking that black stuff is river silt. At least I hope so. From tomorrow I'm teaching my family to tie strings to the silverware and dishes and drop them in the river. Baked on grease, a thing of the past.

And if that works the dog had better his worm rolling ways.