Sunday, September 8, 2013

Love Lock

I guess this fenced wall with locks shows true love. I guess it shows commitment. I guess I'm going to have to get me a lock. Back a ways, all you needed was a sturdy jackknife, a tree or wooden wall and about twenty minutes of your life. My guess is that most of the couples that 'locked themselves' into this fence didn't just meet their mate Friday night at a dance at Frye Hall. That's where I hung out, and I never carried locks with me. Trees and that wall on Bishop Street were constantly, it seemed, being carved up with every initial in the alphabet. I must admit now, for the first time, that I carved my letters into that wall with a secret someone. It was a situation bordering on unrequited love. I loved from afar. I never got any closer than a liplock in a game of kissing hide-and-seek. Oh, and I was so insecure, as an early teenager, that when I put my initials on the wall I did so in code so no one would ever know who LN was. It worked too. When looking at the wall everyone in the neighborhood knew the girl's name, but her 'secret admirer' from a distance was never revealed. It was a mystery.
See, a jackknife, a wall... true love... Well, sort of.

14 comments:

  1. Love Elenka's 'what?' ho! But ah, early love. Unrequited love. ah.

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  2. haha. once again, elenka steals the limelight...

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  3. These damn things which were fun at first have become a plague in Paris over the years, imho.

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  4. Actually, I think the knife and the wall or tree is much more romantic than these silly locks. That took time and persistence just like a good relationship.

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  5. Secret crushes...who knew that the guys felt that way too? But now it appears you've got some explaining to do...

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  6. I can relate, announcing to the world, but in code. I was there.

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  7. Sine Elenka reads your posts, you'd better be more discreet!

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  8. The only locks I"ve seen are in Paris and they have absolutely covered the bridges like the Pont des Arts where you can attach them. The city of Paris cut them off but now they're back with gusto. Photographed a lock salesman on the bridge, also selling Sharpies to personalize!
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  9. So you have this in Portland! The only place I've ever seen it was in Ventimiglia, Italy, just across the border from Menton, France, when Jilly took us over. People in St. Louis must not be so committed.

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  10. I liked this the first time I saw in in Cinque Terre, now it is everywhere. Not very creative or original. Jack is not amused.

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