Friday, January 22, 2010

Let It Blow, Let It Blow, Let It Blow

They are called roadside attractions or better still, roadside distractions. I have seen books chronicaling these strange man-made edifices. There are buildings shaped like ducks, geese, teacups and lighthouses. Hayward, WI has a giant fish. A fish with a viewing deck from the inside of the creature's mouth. A nearby town, Lindstrom, has a water tower decked out like a coffee pot. Love 'em or hate 'em, you will notice them.
My husband Jon's hometown has a giant cement snowman.
It looks merry during the winter holidays and forsaken in the summer. The snowman previously sat in a parking lot behind a local business. Later, it was moved along busy Hwy 36 that transects the village. Two years ago the highway was widened and recessed and the snowman now looks down on passerbys.
The snowman got some competition as the village mascot when a giant windturbine popped up closeby. Everytime we pass, the snowman still smiles at us but the windmill just sits there. I have never seen it turn. News today explained why they are not generating wind energy in North St. Paul. It has been so cold that the lubrication froze up. I hope having a giant snowman that close didn't contribute to the windmill freezing up.

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