It’s a strange, strange world we live in my friends. Frequently we encounter things that defy explanation, even if you are sporting a slightly twisted sense of humor. I just can’t get my head around some stuff, no matter how hard I try. Today’s post features such a thing. Or pair of things, to be precise.
Over the summer we did a short 2 part photoblog series highlighting a ghost town here on Vancouver Island, BC, Canada called Paldi. Rich in history for our local area, this ghost town is almost now completely gone and very little remains of what once was a burgeoning community. Our original 2 part series can be found at “Paldi the Ghost Town: Part 1” and “Paldi the Ghost Town: Part 2“.
This expedition was one that Mrs. Toad and I undertook in the middle of the summer. Once we posted our series on it, our best friends the Mudpuppies mentioned that they would like to check this out and we formed a plan to head back as a group for a follow-up.
From the satellite view online, it really looked like we had missed some really great stuff, in the form of buildings and facilities. This struck us as highly odd because when we were there, we truly believed we had captured all there was to capture of this tiny place. But the satellite views told a different story… so we headed back.
We found nothing. Well, not exactly nothing… just almost nothing. Remnants of those who once lived here.
What have we here? An enigma wrapped in a riddle. I can hear everyone shouting, “what’s inside the suitcase, Toad?”. Uh-uh, no way. There is no way in the Wide World of Sports that anyone is opening this thing to see what’s inside. Some bells can’t be unrung, some lessons can’t be unlearned… and once the proverbial Pandora’s box is opened, there’s no stuffing that Genie back into it.
Given human natures propensity to get rid of problems by cutting them up into smaller pieces and shoving them into suitcases just like this to discard on the side of a road, there’s no telling what’s in here. And it very well may be highly distasteful. Given that we all just had lunch, and when we found this artifact we all stood around it for 5 minutes looking at each other… there is no way we were going to crack it open for a peek. It just simply wasn’t going to happen.
What do you think is in it?
Huh? What’s this? You took a picture of a green vine? No, my good friend, no I would never do that… look close… look closer… closer still. Yep, there’s a sneaker in there.
OK, now I’ve got a few questions. Who wouldn’t notice that they are down one sneaker? Have you seen discarded underwear left about? We have, in various places. I always ponder myself a question there; wouldn’t you notice that you came to the party with undies on, and left without ’em? The only thing stranger than that would be to lose one shoe. Seriously, wouldn’t you notice this? As you were walking down the road going “pfft, flit, pfft, flit?” So, from this point forward let’s call the person who lost this shoe “Hoppy” shall we?
I think that this picture is a testament to sneaker manufacturers. Full of moss and nearly completely enveloped in the surrounding vegetation, the actual shoe itself looks like it’s in remarkable condition, doesn’t it?
These artifacts were all that we found that afternoon, although the gift of the underlying mystery has been something we’ve enjoyed since.
What a strange world we live in.
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