A partial list of miscellaneous items I saw yesterday while on a five mile walk that took me on sidewalks in town and a paved trail along the river, plus cutting through one parking lot:
…an underwire, obviously ripped from a bra in a fit of pique and flung to the ground, as well as possibly stomped on for good measure
… a tampon applicator, used, and for reasons I cannot fathom, dropped on a sidewalk next to a busy road
… 4,811 cigarette butts, everywhere I walked
… a scattering of poker chips
… two pink curlers
… three toys, of the kind most often flung from strollers by impatient toddlers, on three different sidewalks
… three Lego pieces, just three cubes on the ground — one red, one green, one black
… a white-haired man and a younger woman kissing and groping on a park bench with all the intensity of a pair of teenagers in the back seat of a car
… two different bags of dog excrement — leading one to wonder, “Why bother bagging them if you’re just going to drop the piles on the ground?”
… one flip flop
… one rum bottle, empty
… a box of condoms, echoing in its cavernous emptiness
None of these things were near any of the others, so I didn’t discern any connections. And I’ve been wondering about them since — what are the stories I’ll never know?
What’s the strangest thing you’ve seen lately?