Thursday, January 8, 2015

Missing Stories - Reflections from the Ohlone Greenway



Have you ever come across an apparently random, but definitely human made, sight?

The Bay Area's Ohlone Greenway runs through my apartment's property.  For those of you lucky enough to not know what this is, its a pedestrian & bicycle pathway that runs near the BART tracks from El Cerrito all the way down to North Oakland.  Needless to say, we get lots of foot traffic of all types right through our apartment property.

Because of our geographical situation, I've seen all kinds of things, and I often wonder about the back story.

This morning I was walking the Barley-Puppy on the Ohlone Greenway, and on the way back to the apartment we passed this neat arrangement of seemingly random items.

A broken scooter with the upright bar, handles, and wheels missing.
One wheel that definitely doesn't go with the scooter base.
Two shoes - mismatched - of the same variety; neon colors and cleats.

Stuff doesn't just fall into picturesque positions like this.

Someone arranged this junk.

That means, someone, at some point had all of these random items in their possession.

What is the story, or stories, of this half-rotted, broken scooter, a lone wheel, and two sad, mateless, neon, cleated shoes?