How very odd

I was driving to work the other day and I saw a metal bucket sitting in the ditch. A short distance later I saw a metal funnel, and just a bit farther there was a chunk of metal tubing.

I can only conclude that someone was driving down the road and steadily losing parts of the their moonshine-making still.

I’m sure there is another explanation, but I like that one. It makes me think of my grandparents.

Things on the side of the road always make me wonder.

For some reason, there are a lot of shoes. Why is this? If it was little kid shoes I would understand, because my kids pitched shoes out the window as a revolt against being trapped in a car seat on more than one occasion.

But the shoes on the side of the road belong to big people. What are they revolting against? And the bulk of the sneakers I see all seem to be cast-offs from the 1970s. Is there some organized group that drives around with really old sneakers and beat up work boots, tossing them off the backs of trucks?

If not, what happens when some guy gets to work, looks down and notices that somewhere along the way, his shoe fell off and flew out the window?

I sometimes see bits of tire on the side of the road, but the other day I saw a complete trailer tire, rim and all, plopped down on the shoulder. Strange. You would think the people would have noticed when they trailer they were dragging started shooting out sparks. Good thing it isn’t the dry season. Our fire department had to deal with that once. Some guy pulling a camper with a flat drove down U.S. 59 shooting sparks and starting fires in ditches in his wake.

It was mildly entertaining.

On the side of the road I’ve seen chains and bungee cords, which make sense, along with bits of rope. When I was a kid, my father would stop and pick them up. He had a great collection of odd bits of rope, chain and mangled bungee cords. Every time he stopped my mother would roll her eyes, but she had long since given up arguing with him about it.

Next time you’re driving, check out the interestng things lying nearby in the ditches and on shoulders. Let me know what you find. There’s a lot of weird stuff out there, and you just know someone is at their destination with a puzzled look on their face, wondering where something went.