Monday, August 20, 2007

Hot Rod Grafitti

HotRodAbout fifteen years ago I remember first seeing the evidence; long black streaks of burnt rubber on the back roads in Deer Isle. At first I thought it was cars coming screeching to a halt, but I quickly came to understand that it was cars peeling out. These antics are to be expected. It's beautiful up here, but I speak from experience when I say that it's a pretty slow pace for whippersnappers.

In recent years increasingly extravagant tire tracks have become ubiquitous on all the island roads. As I was recently tut-tutting it to a cousin, she told me that in fact it is a cultural phenomenon. One of the local Hardy kin is a recognized practitioner of the art form, and I've seen the evidence of his skills-- there are serpentine curves hundreds of yards long on some roads. Among the cousins there have been some heated debates whether this is environmental art or simple vandalism. If I heard right, there is even a documentary on the subject of peeling out. Final proof of the decline of western civilization.

4 comments:

Cubby said...

Sigh...

Stella and Annie said...

We have the same marks on our road. I've tried to resist becoming the "crazy old complaining biddy", but the drag racing has gotten out of hand this summer. I chased down the car responsible the other day, got their license plate, and called 9-1-1. The cops said they would have a talk with the reckless Camaro owner, meanwhile I live in fear they will smash my mailbox for revenge, or worse yet, steal one of my precious dogs and demand a ransom which I of course would HAVE to pay immediately.

3dogcache said...
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3dogcache said...

Hey you,

I'm missing Maine...but not the "art" of deer isle. Enjoy.

3dogcache