Bigfoot Revealed!

Sorry I’ve been so silent lately. I made it to Rome, as the picture below should reveal… provided I can get LiveJournal to display it. (The LiveJournal interface seems a bit glitchy on my Linux-flavor of Firefox.)

I kept seeing people around town taking pictures of themselves in heroic poses in front of the Colosseum and other monuments, but I didn’t see the point unless I could do something funny. And somehow the images of these fragmentary feet (from the monumental statue of Constantine I in the Capitoline Museums) peering over my shoulder struck me as kind of amusing. (There’s another one here, for those who can’t get enough of this sort of thing.)

Alternate titles for this entry:

“Vootshtaps! Vootshtaps!”

“Smells like feet in here.”

“Kickin’ Out the Toe-Jams!”


About JE

James Enge is the author of the World-Fantasy-Award-nominated novel Blood of Ambrose (Pyr, April 2009). His latest book is The Wide World's End. His short fiction has appeared in Swords and Dark Magic (Harper Collins, 2010), Black Gate, the Stabby-Award-winning anthology Blackguards and elsewhere.
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18 Responses to Bigfoot Revealed!

  1. sartorias says:


    Hope you have an awesome time.

  2. fpb says:

    There’s bits of that statue all over central Rome. And the funny thing is, while the colossus of Constantine was allowed to break up and drift, the statue of Marcus Aurelius, the persecutor of Christians, was kept whole and heroic on Capitol Hill because people thought that it was a statue of Constantine!

    PS: you may not have noticed, but I tagged you.

    PPS: as I have just been in Rome a few days, we may even have crossed paths.

    • JE says:

      Sorry I missed your tag! My connections here have been rather intermittent. I’ll try and answer when I have a more solid connection. (I’ve already been kicked off once today.)

      I’ll be in Rome for 4 more weeks, so if you’re coming back and you’d like to meet for coffee, go ahead and drop me a line.

  3. al_zorra says:

    Left a large footprint, did he? 🙂

    What a marvelous time you must have had.

    Love, C.

    • JE says:

      If he had brains to match those feet, he’d’ve really been dangerous. But the same has been said of me, so…

      It’s been great so far. I miss my kids, though–I’ll have to find a way to smuggle one along next time.

  4. peadarog says:

    Ah! The Capitoline museum. We took some lovely photos there. Good for you, you lucky sods.

    • JE says:

      I have some action photos of my students milling around in the Capitoline Museums and the Forum Romanum, which I may post if the mystic powers that govern Rome’s WiFi network permit.

  5. Anonymous says:

    James, I don’t want to alarm you, but there’s a mostly invisible giant standing right behind you. Very slowly, I want you to take a couple of steps to your right, then panic and run. For this situation, I recommend a full-bore linear panic. I think it will end your suffering the quickest.

    And as always, have a nice day.

    –Jeff Stehman

    • JE says:

      I went straight to the panic–it’s my go-to solution for everything.

      Life has been pretty good so far, but I’ve found myself missing the mild predictable spring weather of the American Midwest. The weather here has been thunderous. It’s been cool, in a way (including the literal sense) but it does limit what you can do outdoors.

      • Anonymous says:

        Mild? Predictable? We had snow on the 13th, even southern Minnesota / northern Iowa are running 10 degrees below normal temps, significant portions of Kansas are missing, and I broke a nail. It’s been brutal, but mostly mosquito free.

        –Jeff Stehman

        • JE says:

          I was just being a little ironic there. But it was funny to hear people sitting in Italy who were pining for the weather back in the Great Black Swamp of NW Ohio…

  6. sartorias says:

    Long time no phosphors, hope all is going well! (Looking forward to more stories soon, I trust!)

    • JE says:

      Everything’s great…better than expected, as I got some tremendous news on the Morlock front, which I’m hoping to share in a day or so.

      My internet access has continued to be a little spotty, though.

      Belated happy birthday, by the way–I was desperately trying to catch up on my f-list and I noticed yours came up recently.

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