I have a habit of looking down when I walk... it's not because I'm shy (I'm not) and don't want to make eye contact with people. I think it's because I always think I'm going to find something... or being with Levi has made me afraid of tripping. That man trips ALL THE TIME. We blame it on his "skis" (aka his size 12 feet).
Anyway, looking down when you walk pays off for several reasons:
1. You usually don't trip.
2. Sometimes you find money!
3. Every once in awhile, you get realllllllllly lucky and discover, what I like to call, sidewalk treasures.
Portland had THE BEST sidewalk treasures I've ever come across. One afternoon, we were walking, and I happened to notice this:
I got really excited because of how weird and random it was. I looked around and noticed that there were more!! I called to Levi (who was ahead of me at this point) and pointed them out to him. We then spent the next 30 minutes walking around reading all of the messages in the sidewalk. I'm sure we looked like total fools walking around with our heads down on the same sidewalk for that long, but I didn't care. It was such a cool thing. I really appreciate that Portland values artistic expression enough to sponsor this type of project.
(Loose lips sink ships.)
(Face the music.)
(If I can't dance, it's not my revolution.)
(Now I've seen everything.)
(nothing can surpass the mystery of stillness. e. e. cummings)
(Don't worry. I'm here. You're there. That's fine. Ingrid Wendt)
And those aren't the only sidewalk treasures we found in Portland! On our first full day, I looked down and saw this little guy tied to a bicycle rack on 23rd.
I was totally delighted by the weirdness. And THEN on our last night, in a completely different part of town (the Mississippi District), I saw this tied to a hook on the sidewalk!
I'm sure that there are more throughout the city (actually, I saw another on my very first morning at a Stumptown café. It was up on a shelf next to a speaker, but I didn't think anything of it, so I didn't get a picture.) I love that someone has taken it upon themselves to do this, and I love that I noticed. Portland is so weird. In a really really good way.