Good morning John, it’s Friday. I’m going to be talking about sidewalks for this entire video, but if you bear with me I know that it doesn’t seem like it, but it will be worth it. Four years ago I didn’t have an idea for the video that I wanted to make so I asked Twitter to send me ideas, one of the things that was until I was told to do by Shaina Joseph was to interview the sidewalk so I did that I’m here today with a Sidewalk to talk about what it’s like to be a sidewalk so sidewalk. What do you think well? I got no complaints except tree roots. Don’t get me started on tree roots. Fascinating I also did this dance, which that’s good. There’s a link if you want to watch that 2013 vlogbrothers video. Ever since I made that video I have spent Surprising amount of time thinking about interviewing sidewalks. Where we grew up in, Florida Sidewalks were boring and consistent than they were all they done at the same time here in Missoula Sidewalks were laid down a hundred years ago They were laid down last Tuesday So it’s like a weird patchwork and a lot of them are falling apart and also they have Occasionally you’ll see makers marks that will tell you who laid the sidewalk and what year it was laid down maker’s marks are part Advertisement part like record-keeping so the city knows who did what and part warranty, so I like if it breaks You know who did it after the 50s these kind of go away And so you are more reliant on people actually carving like just illicitly carving the year into this sidewalk Which I actually appreciate, though Not legal technically if you look hard enough You could see that sidewalks look different from different eras both because of how they’ve weathered and also the materials that were used in them Look, it’s a thing that I think about which is why… Recently I was outside of a friend of Mines house, and I had a moment It was like a rather intense sidewalk related moment sometimes in sidewalks You will see footprints like people footprints or dog footprints So I was seeing that there were these little people footprints They looked like they were probably from a kid like two or three years old just like a kid wandered onto the wet cement Just walked down sidewalk for a little while. And I was following those footsteps And I got to a makers mark where it said: “miracle and trip of the maker 1909” and as a person who thinks a lot about sidewalks… my, I did the the math, I actually did some research on this it was Frank miracle and Henry Trip where the the guys who laid that Sidewalk in 1909. And actually had a guarantee for five years after they were the sidewalk if anything went wrong They would replace it and here it is It’s a hundred then nine years later and Frank Miracle isn’t around anymore Henry Trip isn’t it around anymore and that little kid who made those little footsteps presumably grew up lived a life and is also gone. You might be thinking Oh Hank is sad because he has a baby and baby grew up and lived and but it’s actually kind of a Thing that I like, um I-I like I don’t have context to that person’s life But what I do have is knowledge that they were there, like that moment when the sidewalk was laid down This this thing happened this tiny insignificant Little human thing. I like when people Create things with the the knowledge and the intent that they’re gonna be around serving a purpose after those people are gone But here’s the real thing. I like that this inanimate chunk of concrete Connects people who don’t know that they’re connected, and I don’t think that we’re ever very good at understanding How connected we are to each other, to the whole sort of system of the Earth. Like people take drugs to feel that feeling, and I got it from a sidewalk. That feeling of being part of something that existed long before us stretches out way beyond us Is very neat, it’s very good. It’s very real. It’s very big and I like it and That’s my sidewalk story John. I’ll see you on Tuesday Oh hey kitty, hi you you surprised me

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100 thoughts on “This is Going to Seem Dumb, but Stick with Me

  • February 14, 2018 at 3:11 am
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    this was so genuine

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  • February 14, 2018 at 3:43 am
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    This is actually kinda comforting because it reminded me that my family put our hand prints in fresh cement in front of my childhood home, and although I'll never get to be inside that house again, there's something of mine still there. (Assuming they haven't had to pull up the sidewalk again to fix some pipes…) Thank you.

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  • February 14, 2018 at 3:57 am
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    Even though the subject of sidewalks seemed strange to begin with, I found this to be a very profound video!

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  • February 14, 2018 at 7:28 am
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    I felt this way this morning as I held my daughter’s hands under the faucet and helped her wash her hands. I remember my mom doing the same thing for me and thought about her mom teaching her and her mom and her mom and her mom, etc. It was lovely and awesome.

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  • February 14, 2018 at 8:44 am
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    I like your sidewalk story. Now imagine one guy, on one hot afternoon, laying one brick in The Colosseum. In say..71AD. Where will our fingerprints remain in 100 years? I think about this a lot.

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  • February 14, 2018 at 10:20 am
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    Back in the day you wouldn't have felt the need to reassure us that your video is about to make sense eventually. That's my favorite thing about early vlogbrothers, you just went along with any thoughts and whims you had for a video, since there were so many to be made, and really, no production value expectations to meet. I loved hearing about the sidewalks. Next time, don't hesitate to share your thoughts! You aren't a product, you are a person, and people occasionally have a moment while thinking about sidewalks.

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  • February 14, 2018 at 12:04 pm
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    Hank Talks About Sidewalks AKA "The Persistence of Impermanence". It's a good juxtaposition at the end, about human lives being so ephemeral but our actions and creations can be so long-lasting (relative to a human lifetime anyway).

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  • February 14, 2018 at 3:10 pm
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    I did not expect this video to make me emotional

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  • February 14, 2018 at 3:41 pm
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    "People take drugs to feel that feeling, and I got it from a sidewalk."
    So what you're saying is, you were tripping on a sidewalk?

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  • February 14, 2018 at 4:38 pm
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    This video sponsored by Ancestry. Com Really missed an opportunity here…

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  • February 14, 2018 at 10:46 pm
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    I like the way that everyone goes on about concrete being unenvironmentally friendly. (Yes I know it is) however in the UK most sideways are asphalt and last around 15 to 20 years. What's worse. 20 years of life or over 100 years. I think it would be the latter.
    An idea relating to this is drain covers or manhole covers. In the UK you can often find very old ones

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  • February 15, 2018 at 12:02 am
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    I have felt this at the stage area of the 'Aquincum' Budapest, Hungary and also with the glow worms in Waitomo, New Zealand…an overwhelming peace and connection.

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  • February 15, 2018 at 1:49 am
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    This is one of the most brilliant vlogbrothers I've watched in a long time.

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  • February 15, 2018 at 1:08 pm
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    This is amazing! Hank, have you ever looked into experimental archeology?

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  • February 15, 2018 at 6:40 pm
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    I never thought I'd have such deep feelings about a sidewalk…thanks for that, I guess! Really interesting perspective…

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  • February 15, 2018 at 7:25 pm
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    I totally get you Hank. I’ve felt the same before.

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  • February 15, 2018 at 7:31 pm
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    Hey Hank and John, there is a serious problem right now. YouTube is cutting the throats of various YouTubers that promote, spirituality, safe use/harm reduction of psychedelic drugs, and altered states of consciousness. Multiple channels including but not limited to PsychedSubstances, Koi Fresco, Dakota Wint, VeeOneEye, and YourMateTom are seeing vast demonetization, video removal, and strikes. And worse yet, these channels have done everything in their power to remain within community guidelines, but still, they are targeted. This is putting their channels at risk of being removed. I beg you please look in to this and use your platform to put an end to this suppression of free speech. I cannot stress enough how important these channels are to me and millions of others. The information they provide has saved thousands of lives including my own. They are in desperate need. Thank you.

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  • February 15, 2018 at 10:03 pm
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    I really loved this

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  • February 15, 2018 at 11:38 pm
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    This is the kind of thing that ends up in a book. An author sees something about life from an interesting angle, and shares a unique perception with an audience.

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  • February 16, 2018 at 1:00 am
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    On my walk home from tafe yesterday they were laying down new pavement and I saw they were putting in a makers mark! It was right after I first saw this video too. The world is strange.

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  • February 16, 2018 at 5:56 am
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    I recently moved, but I used to take 4 mile walks around my house. There were several maker's marks along my path, mostly from the late 1920's. Most of them were still surrounded by their original sidewalks, but one or two were surrounded by new sidewalks, as mentioned in Hank's point 4. As someone who loves history, and feels connected to things that other people have seen that are old, it always gave my walks a bit of perspective, and added to the experience.

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  • February 16, 2018 at 5:58 am
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    It's weird thinking that Vincent Van Gogh commited suicide just 19 years before that sidewalk was laid

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  • February 16, 2018 at 12:11 pm
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    As a civil engineer who a) has a nerdy love of concrete and b) works on infrastructure in NYC where some of it is over 100 years old and all of it needs to last a good long while, this video spoke to me an a profoundly deep level. I can see that you were nervous about how people would react to your video about sidewalks, so thank you for sharing your interest with everyone! If no one had their little niche interests that they explored to unusual depths, then there would be no 'fun facts' and the world would be a pretty boring place. Also, it's nice to know that there's at least one other person out there who thinks about sidewalks. 🙂

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  • February 16, 2018 at 12:44 pm
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    There are not enough sidewalks in the US though. Especially in Florida. No one ever walks here, they all take the car. 🙁

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  • February 16, 2018 at 12:44 pm
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    I heart you man.

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  • February 16, 2018 at 4:13 pm
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    Such an interesting perspective. It's the kind of thing you never really think about. Thank you, Hank, that was really nice.

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  • February 16, 2018 at 8:09 pm
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    This is beautiful, and I love it. It makes me think of many things, but one of them is Lucy: evidence of first hominid bipedalism.

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  • February 17, 2018 at 12:51 am
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    I'm really starting to worry about you and your relationship with inanimate, abiotic objects. I would highly advise psychiatrical itervention and a high dose of lithium carbonates.

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  • February 17, 2018 at 1:28 am
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    At a church I used to go to, there's like, concrete around the base, perfect height for sitting on but slanted. I assume it's for structural stability or something. Anyway i was looking at it and I saw that one time, however long ago this church was built, a cat walked on that concrete. It could have been a small dog except that it couldn't get up that high

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  • February 17, 2018 at 9:44 am
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    This video makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside.

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  • February 17, 2018 at 2:27 pm
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    where did you get that shirt? can I have one?

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  • February 17, 2018 at 8:00 pm
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    this is like trace fossils – you cant usually tell much about the life of the thing that made it, but you have evidence that it was definitely there at a specific point in time

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  • February 17, 2018 at 9:25 pm
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    Video of the year!

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  • February 18, 2018 at 6:30 am
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    this is one of the best videos ive ever watched

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  • February 18, 2018 at 6:33 am
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    That was the first vlogbrothers I watched.

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  • February 19, 2018 at 2:46 am
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    Like a fly in amber.

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  • February 20, 2018 at 4:05 am
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    this is actually fascinating and i love it

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  • February 20, 2018 at 2:24 pm
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    I love how awkward you are 😂😂

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  • February 21, 2018 at 12:18 am
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    I only rarely dip in these days but I always feel some sense of beauty, positivity, some life affirming feeling with vlogbrother videos.

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  • February 21, 2018 at 1:51 am
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    Um. Shaina is usually pronounced shay-nuh , not shy-nuh. Not sure if she says it the second way. But as a fellow shaina, that's almost exclusively how it's pronounced. Not a big deal. Just wondering how it should be pronounced

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  • February 21, 2018 at 6:05 pm
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    Surprise kitties are the best kitties.

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  • February 21, 2018 at 6:44 pm
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    Chasing this feeling is why I walk around cemeteries.

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  • February 21, 2018 at 9:40 pm
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    But… Why am I crying?

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  • February 21, 2018 at 10:02 pm
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    Good.

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  • February 22, 2018 at 7:09 am
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    I love you so so much for this. You made me feel so happy with this realization. And I hope me leaving a message here is also a kind of connection.

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  • February 22, 2018 at 4:30 pm
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    I had expectations that this video would be weird. It was. But I was surprised by how deep it was.

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  • February 23, 2018 at 1:34 am
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    This has been on my mind for a week now. It is one of the most beautiful things I've seen in awhile. Thank you.

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  • February 24, 2018 at 9:45 am
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    Not sure why but this made me cry. Beautiful.

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  • February 24, 2018 at 2:04 pm
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    I KNEW HE"LL EVENTUALLY HAVE A POINT!!!

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  • February 25, 2018 at 6:43 pm
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    also means the company was crap on their warranties.. but yes, cute story on the human condition and how sometimes our screw-ups can be a nice thing for other generations to marvel at… except lobotomies cuz that's just wrong and stupid

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  • February 27, 2018 at 1:03 pm
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    You should read "the death and lige of great American cities" by Jane Jacobs or at least the first sections, its all about sidewalks

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  • February 27, 2018 at 11:31 pm
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    I think the same thing when I see pawprints in the cement. It's a physical mark of them actually living and being and doing something. And then the sadness that that dog is probably no longer with us.

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  • February 28, 2018 at 2:10 am
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    How wonderfully thoughtful. Everything is beautiful and everything is connected

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  • March 1, 2018 at 12:26 am
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    Omg, Hank! I just started noticing these stamps in my neighborhood last summer! The ‘hood was built in the 50s. I have pics I’d love to share. Maybe a Facebook page is in order!

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  • March 1, 2018 at 8:10 pm
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    I am reminded of one of the major reasons I watch this channel, and it's for moments like these. Thank you, Hank.

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  • March 2, 2018 at 8:27 pm
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    Oh Hank I get you completely. I always chuckle whenever I see footprints on sidewalks. Especially those of tiny paws.

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  • March 5, 2018 at 2:12 am
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    You're freaking awesome
    You are literally the only person i know that would have such deep thoughts about a sidewalk, and i like it

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  • March 5, 2018 at 4:12 pm
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    I’m smiling because this is a very John-esque video that was executed in a very Hank-esque way

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  • March 7, 2018 at 4:51 am
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    I LOVE THIS VIDEO ITS ONE OF MY FAVORITES PARTLY BECAUSE I ALSO HAVE RANDOM DEEP THOUGHTS ABOUT MEANINGLESS THINGS AND PARTLY BECAUSE OF HOW WELL HE (you?) SAY(s) SOMETHING THAT I HAVE BEEN TRYING TO PUT INTO WORDS SO SIMPLY AND PERFECTLY AND BEAUTIFULLY AND AHH GOOD JOB

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  • March 7, 2018 at 8:39 am
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    “This Tiny, Insignificant, Little, Human Thing” = Hank’s next book (in your pants).

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  • March 8, 2018 at 2:58 am
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    I use a car

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  • March 8, 2018 at 3:48 am
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    I reather be drunk by sidewalks…

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  • March 8, 2018 at 5:29 pm
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    Well correction for connectedness, the people who take the drugs get them on the sidewalk .

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  • March 17, 2018 at 6:19 pm
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    Less Drugs more sidewalks!

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  • March 19, 2018 at 9:11 am
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    I just stumbled across you by accident tonight. Thank you YouTube! I am now addicted. This topic is absolutely not “stupid”. I love your sidewalk story & am often amazed at my small role as a cog in this wheel of existence. Thank you for sharing your beautiful thoughts!

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  • March 28, 2018 at 4:58 am
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    This was a beautiful reflection. It strongly resembles ways in which I like to view the world, and so I'm glad I'm not the only one investing thought into things like the human history implied by little details on sidwalks.

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  • March 30, 2018 at 1:09 am
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    I just have to say I was just walking around the neighborhoods around the University of Montana and saw many of these sidewalk markers and decided to watch this video to see if any of them were the same, and right after the video ended, a kitty came up to me and we became friends

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  • April 2, 2018 at 3:23 pm
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    I picture that day being stinkin hot, and that kid's innocent joy in something cool and damp and new…it makes me happy and sad in the same instant.

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  • April 3, 2018 at 10:42 am
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    I'm late, but I really liked this video 🙂

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  • April 7, 2018 at 5:32 pm
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    i bet the kid spent their life trying to leave a mark on the world not knowing they already did

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  • April 10, 2018 at 4:34 pm
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    Shit person,Hank Green.

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  • April 17, 2018 at 10:35 pm
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    Omg I love this guy so much!

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  • April 19, 2018 at 9:31 pm
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    i will never see sidewalks the same again – such a beautiful video 🙂

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  • April 21, 2018 at 12:46 pm
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    I want to cry now

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  • April 22, 2018 at 2:30 pm
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    ME TOO HANK

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  • April 23, 2018 at 5:16 am
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    I can’t describe the feeling i got watching the footage of those lil footprints.. then seeing ‘1909’ and. Yeah i can’t describe it this comment has no purpose

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  • April 23, 2018 at 4:52 pm
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    But have you been to where the sidewalk ends? 😉

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  • April 25, 2018 at 2:15 am
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    The title is me talking to my teacher about my research paper.

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  • April 26, 2018 at 4:45 pm
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    This story beautifully sums up why I love historical archaeology and why I went into archaeology in general.

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  • April 27, 2018 at 7:09 am
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    Wow. Finally someone else who feels this way about people playing in wet cement.

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  • April 29, 2018 at 10:38 pm
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    I know most people don't have a lot of access to project bidding and planning packages, but I think most people would be surprised at just how much planning now goes into creating sidewalks. It takes a lot of planning from not just the civil side, but also from the wet utility side.

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  • May 12, 2018 at 1:21 pm
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    I totally get you about the tracs. People being connected without knowing. That's the little beauty of life everyone talks about.

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  • May 13, 2018 at 3:45 am
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    this reminds me of the concept of the sublime :3

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  • May 22, 2018 at 11:04 pm
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    I have moments like this all the time. On the daily.

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  • June 20, 2018 at 2:36 pm
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    This is the same feeling I get with old things, artifacts of a distant time, fossils of a generation we will never know, up to the stones and land formations that build them up or are buried under.

    How did these beings lived hundred or thousands or even beyond our rapidly passing days, their way of thinking, hardships and leisure, lost and rediscovery make them? How would people decades or even years after we are gone see us as we are?

    And to think some of those stories are contained in the little things wedged in the between this creations, just waiting to be discovered or retold, how intriguing that just is.

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  • July 27, 2018 at 3:12 am
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    Who is John…?

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  • August 15, 2018 at 5:30 pm
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    This is how I think

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  • August 26, 2018 at 5:09 pm
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    This made me think of "Where the Sidewalk Ends".

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  • October 18, 2018 at 4:59 am
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    god, i love how your brain works

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  • December 10, 2018 at 11:23 pm
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    wow i´m 12 and this is deep

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  • December 12, 2018 at 9:52 pm
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    There are dog paw prints in the sidewalk that lead to the front door of my house…I always wonder what kind of dog it was.

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  • December 27, 2018 at 7:17 pm
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    Is this one of the Crash Course brothers?

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  • January 7, 2019 at 2:19 am
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    This might sound weird but that is exactly why I like exploring gravemarkers in cemeteries. Written in stone, years before I was born (sometimes many many years before) is a record of someone: when they were born, when they died and who they left behind. Thanks for the video, I enjoyed your sidewalk story.

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  • March 25, 2019 at 5:23 pm
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    Liking the video for the kitty at the end

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  • April 27, 2019 at 2:24 am
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    I totally feel the same way. It has an eerie feeling to me too, especially going places like the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, the Juliette Low House in Savannah, Beauvoir in Biloxi, The Hermitage in Nashville, and any other place where we know the history of the people who lived there. The finite nature of life is sad. I guess that's why I like to believe in ghosts/spirits. I like to believe these people can still see us.

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  • June 18, 2019 at 4:26 am
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    there is a black and white photograph from Life Magazine of a little boy walking across wet cement and the adult cement layer's back seeing his work 'defaced' by the small boy. i don't recall who the photographer was but it is a lovely and eloquent picture.
    I looked for it but could not find it online and don't suppose i have the actual 'Best of Life Magazine book of photos that was in my house when i was a child

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  • June 19, 2019 at 2:28 am
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    Now thaT is an Absolutely Remarkable Thing.

    Not just because of the little clip of hank interviewing the side walk (like April and the Carl) but also because it is a physical object that expresses something that is so far removed from any individual human living today (much like whoever created/ planted the Carls). The side walk and the foot prints give light to somethings; like the general age of the child, who paved the cement and the year that the child walked through it. (Kinda like how the dreams and the hands slowly let April and the rest of the human race learn about the Carls). In this essay I will……..

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  • July 1, 2019 at 9:08 pm
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    This so the most vlogbrothers video I've ever watched and it is 100% what I signed up for

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  • July 19, 2019 at 7:34 am
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    I love you Hank, you are like a Big Brother to me.

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