Friday, December 19, 2008
In Austin, we have a Christmas Tree Bandit running around and decorating trees on the roadside in the middle of the night. In Austin, it is perfectly normal to find a masked person all dressed in black, in the middle of the night, armed with Christmas ornaments. If you run into one, just say hey and then walk away. Do not disturb the Christmas tree bandit. He may be armed and dangerous!
And then there are copy cat bandits. They too come in the middle of the night armed with Christmas decorations. And decorate more trees. Right now we have about 40 decorated trees along the roadside. And it all happens in the middle of the night.
It is on my way to work so I enjoy and appreciate what they do.
But not the city of Austin. They think the bandits are defacing public property. They don't have as much of a problem with the decorating. It is afterwards. Who will clean it up? They think it is littering. Is it? The Christmas Tree Bandit cleans up his tree. But what about all the others? S/he can't really take care of 30-40 trees. Without being caught that is.
Carol wrote about it last year.
In Austin, the city motto is, "Keep Austin weird."
And Austinites go through great lengths to accomplish this.
What do you think? Littering? Weird? Uplifting?
And do you think I should go there in the middle of the night and decorate a tree with something like... empty wine bottles?