Sign Vandalism

April 20, 2006 at 11:06 pm 3 comments

Recently at Carolyn's 30th Birthday party, a handful of us reminisced about the "We Have No Balls Story".  A number of years ago, maybe even a decade ago, we were driving to Ocean City, Maryland when we passed a gas station with a marquee sign that proudly proclaimed:


"Wouldn't it be funny if the S and the W fell off?" someone asked (I believe it was Jeremy Turner).

Well, a few days later, on our way back we used team work to facilitate that exact scenario.  A couple of people went inside the gas station to serve as a distraction.  If I recall correctly, the diversion featured Clint inquiring why Ho Hos were in the same aisle as a seemingly unrelated product.  Meanwhile the others were outside trying to figure out a way to knock off the S and the W.  It turned out that task was quite easy.  Laying next to the sign was a long, metal pole …made especially for marquee letter management!  When we all met back in the car, the sign was modified:


"It looks like they are trying to emphasize the 'NO' because it is on its own line!" Chad pointed out as we all laughed.

We drove back and forth by the gas station a couple of times to admire our work.

Okay, now flash forward a number of years!  Yesterday at work, the IT department moved some old boxes into the hallway.  Sometimes it is ambigious whether something is actually trash.  Lucky for the IT team, there was a white board directly over the boxes.  So they wrote a note so there would be no misunderstanding:

The Items Below

And they drew an arrow pointing down to the boxes.

I saw that sign in the morning and didn't really give it much attention.  Right around lunch time, though, the sign was much more notable.  Someone printed out side by side pictures of our IT guys and taped it to the white board directly under the arrow!  (Here's a fuzzy picture from my cellphone)

And like our sign modification years ago, the emphasis of a word on its own line, made the message all the more entertaining! 

Entry filed under: Carolyn L, Chad D, Clint L, Jeremy Turner, Ocean City, Travel.

Pennsylvania and Kansas Pictures Pride, Nature and the Nature of Pride

3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Jim  |  May 16, 2006 at 3:16 pm

    When I go into a restaurant with “Waitress will seat you” sign I always ask my party to go first and I color in the “s” with a Sharpie so the next guests get “Waitress will eat you”.

    (I also register my party with the last name “Beach” so when the hostess says “Beach Party” on the intercom I get a little smile. You also can use “Donner Party” or “Kegger” or any number of words…they will read anything.)

  • 2. tgaw  |  May 16, 2006 at 4:27 pm

    Hah! Those are pretty good. Have you hit a restaurant so many times, that they have to put a 5 up there instead of a replacement “S”?

    If you haven’t done so already, it sounds like one of those mini-Sharpies that can hook to your keychain would be the perfect investment for you! 🙂

  • 3. naisioxerloro  |  November 28, 2007 at 9:41 pm

    Good design, who make it?


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