Ear: Vacuum

Fun rerun from Aug. 29, 2014: Sandie Kay Dodson posted the photo shown with the caption, "I love my weird town." Yes, that really is an upright vacuum cleaner strapped by its cord to a parking sign.

It appeared Aug. 19 on 11th Street, near the corner of Commercial. "I have no clue why it was there, but I thought it was funny as hell," Sandie said. "Around 2 p.m. a city worker took it down. He didn't look as amused as I was."

A little bird mentioned that someone reported the offending vacuum for removal — the first such call in more than 30 years. Now in the city's possession, no one has claimed the errant appliance.

Elleda Wilson is an editorial assistant for The Astorian and author of the award-winning In One Ear community column. Contact her at 971-704-1718 or ewilson@dailyastorian.com.

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