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28 Jun 2021

15 STATES

Celebrating the period in our history when the United States had 15 states. It was fairly brief, from June 1, 1792 until May 31, 1796, but a lot happened in those 3 years. The Internet was invented, scientists determined that under certain conditions cats and dogs can rain and the last of the dinosaurs died out in Cherryville, Ohio (the giant websterthesaurus). It is not surprising that this homeowner chose to paint her barn to commemorate this incredible time.

27 Jun 2021

CHIPPING

The process of making chips. Knocking away pieces. As opposed to grinding, which makes grinds.

26 Jun 2021

OBEY

It’s a funny word if you keep saying it. All words are funny that way. They get weird. Toy boat, toy boat, toy boyt, toe bot … Obey, obey-ee, oy bey, stands up pretty well, better than toy boyt. I think the official definition is “sit down and shut up.” I Googled to see if I could find an O Bay, along some coast, somewhere in the world. I couldn’t find one, but I bet there is one somewhere. When […]

25 Jun 2021

PARKING LOT TAI CHI

Moving slowly, deliberately on the pavement. What’s the point. It looks pretty boring. No punching, kicking, slapping, flipping, headbutting, eye poking or nose twisting. These people don’t even wear cool clothes with colored belts telling us how good they are. Match a tai chi master with a psychotic mixed martial arts fighter and the tai chi master will quickly be pummeled to the ground. No mercy. So, what’s the point? Do it everyday for 5-10 years and you’ll start to […]

24 Jun 2021

RAT MEN

And proud of it. I wonder if they rent the rat or own it. If they use it a lot, then ownership makes sense, though I don’t know how much upkeep and maintenance a giant rat requires. This is a protest thing. (They also had a very nice casket on display.) It appears that the men are implying that other people are rats. Big rats with red eyes. Quite formidable if you ask me (but I’m a coward). They are […]

23 Jun 2021

THANK YOU JESUS

At first glance I thought he must be a good customer. He gets his own sign. Upon closer look, I noticed a URL at the bottom corner of the sign. “Thankyoujesussigns.org” Naturally, I took a look. Apparently, these signs are the result of direct instructions from God, the big one, the god with the capital G. I never knew God was a business coach, but it makes sense. What could possibly be a better coach than an all knowing, omnipresent […]

22 Jun 2021

TURTLES

There should be more caution signs about turtles. I’ve never had one jump in front of my car, but I’ve seen plenty making their way across the pavement. They don’t go too fast but they go pretty far. A friend of mine told me he keeps turtle gloves in his car to help the Testudines cross the road. Experts tell us that the best thing to do is put them where they are headed, beyond the pavement and reach of […]

21 Jun 2021

MOM

“It’s not a head shop, it’s a boutique.” Mom owns the Woodstock Trading Company in Cherry Hill. It’s nestled between corporate stores, strip malls, gas stations and fast food joints along Marlton Pike. There’s an old hearse with four flat tires in the driveway and a carving of one of the Grateful Dead dancing bears in the front yard. Who wouldn’t want to stop in? A sign at the front door asks us to be careful when entering. Please don’t […]

20 Jun 2021

ROAD SONG

This road has inspired a thousand songs of lament and sadness. It is tucked away in rural Montgomery County, PA off an unremarkable county road. It draws weary singer/song writer pilgrims from around the world. They come to walk it’s length and feel its influence. They come to immerse themselves in its atmosphere. They absorbed the feelings the name implies. They find themselves sinking into depression. Into isolation, cutting themselves off from joy, ready to compose. Friggin’ nutcases if you […]

19 Jun 2021

GOOD HUMOR

Talk about a consistent brand. The Good Humor look created almost 100 years ago is still cool, today. I love the trucks and the big freezer with the thick walls and special hatches you reach into to get ice cream. I never noticed the symbol on the hat before. It’s got wings.