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Along a bikeway: Whimsy or what?

Written August 5th, 2016 by Hasso Hering
Maybe there's some significance to the presence of this plastic cherub by the side of the Highway 34 bikeway, and maybe not.

Maybe there’s some significance to the presence of this plastic cherub by the side of the Highway 34 bikeway, and maybe not.

Riding west on the new bikeway alongside Highway 34 the other day, I saw this little plastic doll resting against the base of a Pacific Power pole and didn’t think anything of it. Then I came to the power pole next in line.

And there saw this:


And a few turns of the pedals later, leaning against the next pole in line:


So, a plastic cherub with an ear of plastic corn and a rotten apple, followed by a figurine of indeterminate character and then a colorful unicorn — it’s got to mean something, right?

Or perhaps not. Maybe it’s the merely result of somebody’s idea of adding some whimsy to what otherwise is a rather uneventful ride. But I didn’t get the joke. Or if there was some other message, I didn’t get that either. (hh)

3 responses to “Along a bikeway: Whimsy or what?”

  1. Jim Engel says:

    Don’t mess with the “Bike Fairy”…JE

  2. hj.anony1 says:

    Touches on the tinfoil wrapped poles of years ago. Mid-90s? I don’t recall the resolution of that expression. It would be fun to read more detail about both.

    • Hasso Hering says:

      The tin foil guy was unjustly maligned as wanting to communicate with aliens or some such thing. He once got a chance to explain. if memory serves, that all he wanted to do was to make power poles more reflective so drivers could see them better at night and then not hit them. (hh)


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