Signs tell us where we are, how fast to go, where we can find the best ribs in the world, how to use a hand dryer in a restroom, or when the end of the world will take place.
Signs are everywhere and every size. Roadside billboards, grocery store window ads, mini-van bumper stickers, and opinionated t-shirts. We are inundated with information all the time. Much of it is useful–such as which direction to take on the freeway–although some people seem to ignore good advice.
Other signs are oddly disconcerting–like the truck I saw the other day as we were driving toward Austin. “Ask the driver about today’s specials” it said. Like we were going to speed up, roll down our window and yell out questions about the price of Ribeye while driving 75miles an hour. We did get a little freaked out when he noticed us close behind him and slowed down to pull into the lane beside us. Obviously prepared to answer those questions.
Sometimes signs have only a symbol or picture, rather than words. Like the golden arches. Everyone knows there is a McDonalds coming up. But since crazy, irrational, city committee members everywhere have enforced new signage height rules–because the arches are no longer politically correct icons of proper food choices–it is getting harder and harder to see our favorite fast-food joint from the highway. We could pass it right by and have to wait another thirty minutes to eat and use the restroom.
Animal Crossing signs usually have no words. Deer can’t read, you know. That’s why there’s just a picture. I noticed the elk crossing signs actually say, Elk Crossing. Apparently they’ve taken an English immersion course.
|This crossing sign also speaks for itself|
This sign makes me wonder why. Don’t kids have it hard enough these days with peer pressure and bullying? Do they really need it broadcast throughout the entire neighborhood that they’re slow?
Some signs have a clear message. Take heed.