Fun Is Where You Find it

This is Part 2 of a series, Signs.

Photo © Allan G. Smorra, All Rights Reserved

It started innocently enough one cold Summer’s day in San Francisco when the Fabulous Mizz N (FMN) and I went out to explore the sights and sounds of Bagdad-by-the Bay. A short ride on the Golden Gate Ferry took us to the Embarcadero waterfront where we made our way to Claes Oldenburg’s sculpture, Cupid’s Span.

As we walked around the massive sculpture FMN noticed a small plaque at the edge of the walkway that cautioned visitors not to touch the sculpture and to stay out of the native grasses. Both of these acts were quite natural urges for a small child, or an impulsive adult, and so we spent a few moments discussing the merits of the following the directions on the plaque.

At this moment an idea was formed that has become a running thread in our travels together: How can we show compliance/non-compliance to following the directions on signs? The photo above is the first result of our collaboration.

Over the years we have had a lot of fun together as we attempt to skewer Authority, or just go with the flow.

Photo © Allan G. Smorra, All Rights Reserved

This running gag of ours has given me an opportunity to see the FMN’s sense of humor, and responsibility, develop over the years. It started out at a Tribute to Love and has remained so to this day. Give it a try it with the children in your life, you will be richer for the experience.

Photo © Allan G. Smorra, All Rights Reserved

Photo © Allan G. Smorra, All Rights Reserved

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Sign, Sign Everywhere a Sign

  4 comments for “Fun Is Where You Find it

  1. August 3, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    really fun post and the second picture with that look in her eye was very cute


    • August 3, 2012 at 12:15 PM

      I agree. This is one of my favorite photos of her.



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