Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Must Be One Helluva Crossbreeze...

Heh. I've passed this every day on my way to work for the past six or eight months:


That's dedication, man. I'll bet it took dozens of tries to get that just right. And they think plastic shopping bags are bad, too! Don't worry, I was stopped for the school bus when I took the picture - I believe in responsible roadside photography...

Anyone need a pair of size 8 sneakers?

That is all.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Gang sign. What color are they? Get out of that area quick.

Anonymous said...

This was a fad in our county here in Virginia. The high schooler were doing it. My favorite pair are the silver lame pointy-toed pumps. What gang sign would those be?????

Dave H said...

I figured it was bullies stealing kids' sneakers and hanging them up out of reach. But what do I know? I grew up in a small town where the nearest thing to a street gang was the local Scout troop.

Geodkyt said...

In Hampton Roads, Virginia, that was practically required decoration on over the road electrical wires in urban "ethnic" neighborhoods.

If there was a twenty year old hoopty with curb feelers anywhere on the block, there were sneaker bolos on the electrical wires.

Weer'd Beard said...

Yeah I heard that's a drug dealer hanging up his shingle.

But who knows!

Hunter said...

I saw this for years in the Army. When someone gets close to ETS (End Time of Service, i.e., leave the Army), they would take one of their pairs of boots, tie 'em together, and heave 'em up there. One kaserne in Germany had a power line that had to be cleared of boots every quarter.

Anonymous said...

Gang sign in most urban neighborhoods, as mentioned.

However, there are also many similar spots that have become common. The Shaniko Shoe Tree, outside Shaniko, Oregon was probably the most famous. After the shoe tree became famous, a nearby tree became the Bra Tree.

Unfortunately, I never got to see anyone toss a bra up!

Both were burned by unknown parties a couple years ago. A new shoe tree has started about a mile north.

Google Shaniko shoe tree.

Bill

Raven 61 said...

This was very common in South Philly during my youth in the Sixties. It was usually your last pair of Chuck Taylor’s of the summer.

Old NFO said...

Not quite THAT well used... :-)

Glenn B said...

GANG SIGN??? LOL!

Sneakers dangling on telephone or electrical wires was and remains a favorite sport for kids getting rid of old shoes or celebrating a sports victory like a HS championship, or playing a joke on another kid whose sneakers they just lifted. In 32 years of law enforcement, I never heard one reference to it as marking gang territory. On the other hand, I have heard police departments refuting that claim and saying that such has nothing to do with marking off of gang teritory.

The practice used to be so popular in parts of NY City that you could not drive a block or two without seeing a few pairs hanging overhead. I would guess the practice has declined because of the cost of sneakers today.

All the best,
GB

jimbob86 said...

In the late 80's, early 90's in Germany, Federal Republic of, throwing your most worn pair of boots into a tree, power line, or perimeter fence was kind of a tradition when PCS/ETSing ....if your boots did not hang up on the first throw, that was supposed to mean you would be back again....