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Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Valentines Day Phantom Strikes Again

There are a few things one can expect living in Montpelier. Women wearing flax and wool, Carhartts, beards, dog poop frozen in the snow, and the city covered in hearts on Valentines Day. For at least the three years that I've been living in the area, the mysterious Valentines Day Phantom covers downtown Montpelier with some 3,000 paper hearts. I had sort of forgotten about Valentines Day during my commute, but as soon as I walked towards Main Street I saw a sea of red hearts flapping in the wind. (I guess some high school kids tore down a whole bunch of them, but the effect is still there).

I only have my camera phone today. I'll update this post when I come across better photos (this stuff is usually in the local news).

I also came across this sweet sticker on a Toyota this morning. It seems contextually appropriate. Jose Gonzalez - Love Will Tear Us Apart.mp3 (Live Joy Division Cover) (via YANP)

UPDATE: Pictures of the hearts from our local paper, Times Argus, can be seen here and here.


  • At 10:18 AM, Blogger Flatlander said…

    I love the Valentine Bandit too. On the way to daycare this morning, my son was the firs to see one. "Dad, why is there a heart on that sign?" We then drove down State St. rather than Court St. so we could see all of them.

    I didn't know about the teenagers tearing a bunch down. I just assumed that the hearts on State St. had been blown away in the wind.

  • At 12:01 PM, Blogger Isaac said…

    E wrote about this unique tradition in her Valentine's card to us. I decided then to mention it on my blog and this morning ther was your delightful post which I have linked to mine. Thanks and Happy Valentines Day.

  • At 11:35 AM, Blogger Kaylyn said…

    I think that next year, I want to come and hide out at three in the morning and wait for the Valentine Bandit. That would be a wonderful hobby.


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