The Newtown Pentacle

Altissima quaeque flumina minimo sono labi

day’s gropings

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- photo by Mitch Waxman

In the bizarre world which your humble narrator inhabits, a Christmas Eve post is as good a time as any to expand on a little enigma which has been bugging me. As you all well know by now, the long walks around the pentacle often offer bizarre or odd details which torment and tantalize ones imagination. On a recent perambulation, I noticed yet another one of the single shoes.

- photo by Mitch Waxman

My curse is to notice things like this. For much of 2012, I have been observing shoes- always singular, never in pairs- discarded along my route. Once or twice, I’ve seen multiple examples of castoff footwear, but even then- orphaned individuals rather than matched sets.

- photo by Mitch Waxman

The shots above were gathered at 43rd street, off Northern Blvd. in Queens. Satisfied that I had documented this oddity, I continued on my path to a destination down in Long Island City. In accordance with habit, I found a moment to photograph and add to my library a few shots of the Megalith. Walking along Skillman Avenue, I was scanning the ground for more shoes.

- photo by Mitch Waxman

It was around 36th street and Skillman that it occurred to me, suddenly, that I should look up. What did I spy, with my little eye?

Have a merry one lords and ladies.

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Written by Mitch Waxman

December 24, 2012 at 12:15 am

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  1. The shoe project is nice. But whatever happened to the firebox project? And the orange “patina” on the RR tracks?

    “You were just doing an impersonation of two pounds of baloney in a one pound bag.” – Alice Kramden (Folks, don’t forget: The Honeymooner Marathon in just 8 days.)

    georgetheatheist (har-har-hardee- har-har)

    December 24, 2012 at 1:37 am

  2. […] about a year, I’ve been noticing this odd pattern all around the Newtown Pentacle, wherein a seemingly discarded single shoe is left conspicuously […]

  3. […] discussion of the single shoe phenomena can be inspected here, here, here, and […]


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