Maxine has graciously given me "probationary status" until March 30th as a contributor to the Pine Valley Blog. (Since I know a thing or two about probation...I better move forward with a couple Posts and work on getting OFF probation.)
I won't add yet another theory to the ever-growing list of "what happened to Malaysia Flight 370"...but since the path DID pass over the Malacca Strait, and Malaccan Terrorists DID hijack a Dutch train in 1977, AND there have been on-going threats to ocean-going commerce in the Malacca Strait...I'm just saying'...
Sorry, I digress. Let's focus on a mystery closer to home. Yup, right here in Pine Valley we have our very own "cloak 'n dagger" that has more than a couple-a-folks befuddled an' looking' sideways at the shadows.
Most will recall it started early last fall when the Pedestrian X-ing sign on Main Street, OVERNIGHT, became a "Sasquatch X-ing" sign. Very likely it was created to get us all to slow down a bit...not because of the early morning walking teams as they travel three abreast playing dodge-car, or because of the "skunk-eye" one might receive passing the fire station at 27 mph. Nay, it got us to slow down because we too might see that cryptid ape/hominid/hairy bipedal beast called Bigfoot! (One PV young man has seen Sasquatch dozens of times!)
All was well in the valley with the sign. Folks were slowing down. Heads and eyeballs were-a-swiveling-an-clickin' as they s-l-o-w-l-y moved along Main Street hoping for a shot, er, glimpse.
Then events took a sad but almost predictable turn...the sign DISAPPEARED!!! Was it a prank? Thievin' bounders from the flatlands? Had a county road crew actually found a socket wrench that fit? No one knew. There was a lot of speculation though.
Some of the comments overheard at various valley venues were: Sally Lee said, "Dorks took it.", Sheriff Smith was seen star
ing at the empty sign pole asking, "How's your attitude?", Howard Putnam said, "If I catch the thief he'll sing an octave higher!", Bob Dalley suggested, "This could be a service project.", and Chief Scheifer was last seen consulting the PVFD Policy Manual...
Well, so far the sign has, sadly, yet to surface...the Bigfoot sightings are on the increase in Pine Valley...and the fast-drivin' visitors are returning.
With the mystery still a mystery, and until next time...my words of advice are, "Keep your eyes peeled. They could be anywhere!"