This Week with The Chicowitz:
|Each week our Boomer-in-Charge, Hershel Chicowitz, has something to say about life, society, or what's going on... from the perspective of a baby boomer. This is what's on his mind the week of May 20:|
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I also remember the great Burma Shave signs along the long, main roads:
Remember this one?
Well, today the road signs seem less informative, certainly less entertaining, and often, down-right confusing.
Oh, sure; there are the expected warning signs, reminding you to drive extra-carefully, since there may be careless children at play:
Though it seems to me that, as a motorist, I should not be distracted by watching children. Then again, I may just be too picky about the wording.
I do appreciate some originality on the part of the sign makers:
Gees, she looks like she is having so much fun! Dontcha' wanna' pull over, park the car, and join her?
(On the other hand, the would-be attorney in me sees a "slip and fall" lawsuit here. Brace yourself.)
I suppose, now that some boomers are into their 60s, and their offspring have generated their own offspring, we'll see these signs:
But come to think of it, as motorists, shouldn't we exercise the same level of caution for children as we do grandchildren? Why the distinction?
Now, I know I am going to take some heat here. But think about it; we're already using caution; there are children at play. What importance is it to us if they are blind? I have all the compassion in the world for the autistic child; but exactly what am I supposed to do here?
Is the autistic child in a wheelchair? Is that my signal? I am so confused!
(When the autistic child grows up, or when the family moves, do you suppose they remove the sign?)
OK, I get this one. No further explanation is necessary.
But this one leaves me completely dumbfounded.
Just exactly what is an "oxygen pedestrian"? And why should I care?
And this one... do you suppose there is much call for this sign?
Am I supposed to look up? Or straight ahead? What is the proper response here?
Near a border crossing in Arizona, one of our visitors at BBHQ snapped this picture:
It's nice to know that the officials in Arizona can keep their sense of humor, even with the federal government gunning for them.
(Yeah, I know; this one is fake. But it's funny. And it's the only one here that is fake.)
I saw this sign near a river rafting park in Michigan. Obviously, the boomers are in charge of making signs there:
And you just have to love this one:
It would be hard to miss one, but you should always be on the lookout for horses crossing the road:
And be extra careful when there may be a thoroughbred horse in the vicinity:
And cows, too:
Or any type of critter, for that matter:
This one got me so confused, I almost caused an accident. I slowed down and tried to figure out what I was supposed to do. After a few seconds, I figured that I was in way over my head, and bailed out to the shoulder as quickly as I could.
The Last Word
On a bad day, the signs annoy me, In general, I do not like to be herded or controlled or constrained. But I do recognize the spirit of the signs.
I see road signs not as navigational aids, not as pop-culture art, but rather as a meek but determined attempt to establish order in an otherwise depressingly disorderly world. Such is the nature of life.
Have a nice day. And watch for Falling Rock.
Hershel will have something else to say on May 27; mark your calendar to remind you to come back to BBHQ every Monday.
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