Dancing Without Music

2017-09-01 15:32:38 -0400  

Seen about town today…

  • A couple in City Hall Park, dancing without any music. (I don’t know how to identify it, but there was a skip and a spin and holding of hands. Hank Dearden III would know.)

  • A man with matted hair wearing bright yellow pants that might have been painted on.

  • An old fellow, with a cane and about six teeth. He was bent over so far his beard was pressed against his sternum. He lifted his head with some effort to look me in the eye and ask if I knew if the busses were running.

  • A young girl, eight or nine years old with a headband with two bright fuchsia fuzzy ears attached.

I Still Love Everyone

2017-08-30 15:32:38 -0400  

Seen about town today…



2017-08-19 15:32:38 -0400  

Seen about town today (well, OK, Essex)…

  • A fellow driving a grey Nissan with the windows rolled down. He hangs his left arm out the window. On his forearm a prominent tattoo in large ornate letters…

Embarrassment of Riches

2017-08-16 15:32:38 -0400  

Seen about town today…

Oh, my. An embarrassment of riches. Where to begin?


  • A tee-shirt emblazoned in the Facebook logo typeface with the word “Farcebook”.

  • A bikini top with cups made of stitched-together cowrie shells.

  • Another tee-shirt reading “I think you want some cake.”

Sleeping people…

  • A young man, sitting on a park bench, asleep, head thrown back, mouth agape, drooling. On his chest he wears a baby in a Snugli, asleep, head thrown back, mouth agape, drooling.

  • A young man, asleep on the grass. He shields his face with a book: Larry Niven’s Ringworld.


  • An ad for a tattoo parlor, on a free-standing A-frame sign, including the hashtag #definitelynotapenis


  • For Guy Colston, a dude with a full-sleeve tat montage of Marvel Comics superheroes.

Progress On "Mobile Home"

2017-08-11 15:32:38 -0400  

Seen about town today…

  • Progress on the “mobile home” (see photos; and yes, those are solar panels on top). The owner was nowhere in sight today.

Almost finished

Knock gently

  • An old lady pushing her very old pup in a baby carriage.

  • A fellow on a long, elaborate motor-trike, with Elmo bungeed to the back seat.

Meerschaum Pipe

2017-08-04 15:32:38 -0400  

Seen about town today…

  • Not 100% certain, but I’m pretty sure the guy I passed on the sidewalk with the Meerschaum pipe had it filled with weed.

Mobile Home

2017-07-21 15:32:38 -0400  

On Pine, between Main and College, a fellow had a frame or armature of some sort laid out on the ground. At first I thought he might be making a kayak or skiff, but I noticed it had a single wheel mounted at one end. Then I saw another piece standing up behind him. “What are you making?” I asked.

“My home.” he answered. Then after a moment, he added “It will be a small home.”

It turns out he’s homeless and is building his own mobile home—not much bigger than a large coffin—that he can move by himself.

“That’s pretty cool.” I said.

Update 2017-08-01:

Mobile home

Bicycling To Montréal

2017-07-21 15:32:38 -0400  

Seen about town today…

  • Sixteen kids on bicycles, loaded with gear. “Where are you headed?” I asked.
"And when do you get there?"
"Next Tuesday."
  • Also: Three car fender-bender on Main, between University and Prospect.

Tantrums, Vultures, and More

2017-07-17 15:32:38 -0400  

Seen about town today…

  • A wee child, less than two, having the most expertly executed flailing temper-tantrum I have ever witnessed, right on the lawn of City Hall Park.

  • A group of turkey vultures, feeding on a large carcass (deer?) about 50 to 60 meters from the road.

  • A tour guide at UVM saying “There’s like lots of opportunities for UVM students here. Like really good opportunities. Like there’s a shuttle bus to campus if you don’t feel like walking.” (cringe)

  • License plate VRMONTR

A Lamb With Sharp Teeth

2017-07-11 15:32:38 -0400  

Overheard on Church Street today…

  • Two homeless men watching people walk by. A woman had a Bichon Frise on a leash.
A: "Look there! That lady got a lamb!"
B: "That's a dog, dumbshit."
A: "Looks like a lamb to me."
B: "It's got sharp teeth."
A: "Then it's a lamb with sharp teeth. HEY LADY YOU GOT A LAMB WITH SHARP TEETH, HUH?"
  • A block farther north, I encountered two men wearing matching blue, tropical motif shorts. They were arguing.
C: "Yes, you can."
D: "No, I can't."
C: "Yes, you can."
D: "No, I can't."
C: "Yes, you can."
D: "No, I can't."
C: "Yes, you can."
D: "No, I can't."
C: "Yes, you can."
D: "No, I can't…"