There's a guy who stands on a street corner near my house. It's a busy intersection, one where I take a right turn whenever coming home from downtown. He's there come snow or shine, and he dances holding a sign advertising I don't know what. Perhaps you have seen these guys, too. I've never seen a female out there doing this. A guy thing. I got curious and did a little research: they are called, get this, "Human Directionals!" Businesses love them and think they are a very cost effective way to advertise. I personally think they are a distraction for drivers, and I can't tell what they are advertising because they are, well, spinning those signs super fast. The other term for this Human Directional is 'spinners.' Towns are trying to regulate them, to keep them from both blocking pedestrian traffic and from spilling out into the road. I find them annoying and I'm really not sure how much business they bring in for their employers. I do admit, however, there is a skill and an art to what they do.
Can you tell me what in the world this sign is advertising? Sign spinning has become such a thing that there are championships where spinners compete. Who knew?
What a week we've had, eh? While all the political turmoil was raging, I at least was taking care of my business: new driver's license for my new state, new vehicle registration (difference office, wouldn't you know), driving to Loveland to get fitted for a new CPAP mask, mailing back my old iPhone since I purchased a new one, and faxing the County of Yolo for my husband's certificate of death. Feels pretty damn productive to me. All while the snow was falling in big fat flakes and we had -3 temps the other night. I'm becoming acclimated, I tell you.
But really, the state of the world and the politics of the U.S. has got me concerned. Will my grandchildren have a healthy planet and political climate when they become adults? I shudder to think. I despair. I've seen some pretty awful stuff this week, like the video of the woman in Iowa who is shocked to discover that Pete Buttigieg is gay and is asking if she can have her ballot back. "Can't have a man like that in office." she says. Does she get her ballot back? Hell no. The caucus worker is very calm with her, which is the best way to handle this kind of bigot. The bigot starts paraphrasing the Bible, all wrong of course. But the highlight of the political week for me was when Speaker Pelosi rips Trump's State of the Union speech at the end of his chest thumping, lying, oration. You GO, Nancy! Of course she's being criticized by the GOP, the same GOP who knowingly voted to acquit our Liar in Chief. They dishonor the constitution and their oath of office, and they want to complain about Nancy's behavior?! Puh-leasssse.
This song is pretty bleak, and that's how a lot of people are feeling right now. When will we ever learn? I've spent the week listening to the good old protest songs of the 1960s. Give it a try -- it uplifted me, particularly Dylan's The Times They Are a Changin' and Trini Lopez's If I had a Hammer, sung by Peter, Paul and Mary. I hope if you are full of despair, that you will come out of it and join those of us who can still muster up some hope that we can vote the Cheeto Bastard (and the GOP senate) out of office this November. Or at the very least, play some good old and new protest songs, like Green Day's American Idiot. That's an excellent one.
Friday, February 7, 2020
Sign of the Times
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Anyone who didn't now Pete was gay certainly did not enough about him to vote for him. I hope the woman does not reflect the lack of knowledge about the candidates among most voters. I have two playlists of 60s songs and I'm listening to them more often these days.ReplyDelete
Yes, the caucus worker told the woman "It's common knowledge." And it is. This woman is obviously ill informed and not working on all cylinders.Delete
Yes, I find that music inspiring. But also a little sad that after all that hope and radicalism in the 1960s, we find ourselves here.
It gets harder and harder to read the signs and know which way they are pointing as I get older. The woman in Iowa has a point: someone as honest as that will never succeed in politics.ReplyDelete
And the spinners don't stand directly in front of the business so if you can't read the sign as your speeding by, what hope is there?Delete
If I understand your second point, Buttigieg has no option but to tell the truth about his marriage to his husband. He certainly couldn't run while in the closet.
That's some amazing skill on that sign spinner. As you say, it's not easy to figure what the sign says. And re Pelosi --I hope she saved that ripped up speech. Signed by her, a torn bit would be frame-worthy. Go, Nancy!ReplyDelete
True! Frame-worthy! She could auction it off with proceeds to go to a worthy cause!Delete
I have never seen a sign spinner at any of the intersections in this area. That said, I agree it would be vfery hard to read whatever service.business was being advertised and it would definitely be a driving distraction.ReplyDelete