Sign, sign, everywhere a sign
Blockin’ out the scenery, breakin’ my mind
Do this, don’t do that, can’t you read the sign?
—5 Man Electrical Band, Signs (1971)
This is Part 1 of a series: Signs
Back in the 1950s I was a ‘Speed Reader’. Like many kids in my generation I perfected the art of reading from a speeding car as billboards, road signs, and commemorative plaques flew by at ±70 mph during the Summer Vacation Road Trip.
Colors, fonts, information, bits of history and applied mathematics (The restaurant is 30 miles away and we are going 50 mph, how long will it take to get there?) were available as the miles between South Florida and NE Ohio melted away. In short, I fell in love with the printed word, the brief message of the unexpected history lesson and the patience that comes with a long journey.
I enjoy finding signs that are different from the ones I see in my daily routine travels.
Unexpected humor is a welcome relief after a long day of sight-seeing.
Signs are all around us, don’t you see the sign?