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    Lost in Thought

    Monday I saw a skipping stone painted blue nestled in a log at Lincoln Park and my second thought was to pick it up and take it home. My first thought was how joyful the little glint of color made me feel. My first thought won and I left it alone. Today I passed by the same spot and the little stone is gone. I was a little sad, but imagined a child picking it up and enjoying it. Maybe paint their own stones and spread them around West Seattle.
    Do people place the stones for other to collect or place them to add color to the neighborhoods?


    2 Much Whine

    Very thought-provoking question. I guess the only person that could answer would be someone that paints and places stones in public places. I do know that members of my family were given some painted rocks and they were placed in our yard by the sidewalk to make people smile as they walk by. They lasted about a week until someone took them. My wife was sad.



    Can’t a beach just be beautiful on its own, without people painting natural objects in artificial colors? The paint is probably toxic, and many fish & invertebrates feed off stones. I hate to think what kind of precedent this might set. It’s no wonder our planet is in such trouble when people think it’s great to leave garish lights on all year long and go around painting beautiful stones with chemical coatings. The idea that people (children included) can’t enjoy things in their natural state is just wrong. Leave it.



    Thank you Anonyme. Last year someone placed tons of bright pink rocks in Schmitz Park. I consider them litter.



    This is a thread about the West Seattle phenomena that I will now call, “PAINTED EMO STONES”. These are nice, decorative, small painted stones that were part of a few people’s yard landscaping decision to have in West Seattle. However, over time they have migrated throughout the landscape – I even have a couple that I have picked up on walks, myself.
    They are adorable with bright institutional colors and sayings of complete random kindness, they can be irresistible to not want to have a better look, etc.
    Note: The few “Painted Emo Stones” that I have I did not abscond with, and were not on any actual personal property, or were not being used seriously as landscape (were there only left to be seen as such).

    Anyway, are West Seattle’s PAINTED EMO STONES a dangerous phenom? Do they harken of a summer too warm, or global issues such as this that are out of our control, yet that we have to keep in mind? Are they bad for migrating salmon, and the whale populations due to paint toxicity and their nearness to the sewer drains by the sidewalks that lead to the sea?

    ~ What Do They Do, Those “Painted Emo Stones”?



    Many rock groups on Facebook.
    Next time you see one, pick it up…nearly all are labeled #___(city)___rocks

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