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The Signs Are Everywhere

Danger Culturally Sensitive

It's been a while since I posted the signs that have come my way. From people's remarks and the comments to posts with signs, I think many others share my enjoyment of funny signs. This post has a couple of signs that the faint of heart may not enjoy. They aren't terrible to most readers, but I thought it best to let the fragile know there are a few signs that might disturb. :-)

I have actually ended up with quite a few food-related signs in my sign folder. At least, I think this first one is about food....

Fresh Brats

This next one reminds me of when I hear the same ad on TV several minutes apart.
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Those of you who live in the Upstate of South Carolina already know that we have had an incredibly rainy summer. I don't remember the last time our lawn was still green in mid-July! On the 4th of July I saw the following meme on Facebook:

4th Ark

Almost ironically, a friend from college days sent me a link to an amazing, new product last week. It's called NeverWet™ from Rustoleum. I'll try to embed the YouTube video below, but I have no idea if/how it will come through in e-mail for those of you who read my blog that way. Here goes:
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Postal Humor


Monday of this week was the 50th anniversary of the introduction of ZIP codes in the USA, on July 1, 1963. I rarely sent letters until I started corresponding with cousins in France in 1967. Therefore I don't remember life without ZIP codes. I was amazed that the letters of one of my cousins arrived in a timely manner because of how she formed some of her numbers. One number in particular was her 4, which for the life of me looked more like the letter h. My ZIP code at the time contained two 4's and her number 4 looked something like the following picture, only even more h-like than this:

French 4

At the same time we were introduced to the official two-letter abbreviations for states, some of which made perfect sense — OH for Ohio, NY for New York, etc. But I still get confused about which letters go with some states. For instance, is AK for Arkansas or Alaska? And then all the M-states! Is MI Minnesota, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri? Is MA Massachusetts, Maryland, or Maine, or even Manitoba, Canada?! Is MS Mississippi, Missouri, or Massachusetts? And why in the world did Missouri end up with MO instead of MOntana?! If you pick the wrong letters, that ZIP code could be really important!

If you want to explore this subject some more, there's a good page on it on Wikipedia.

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the ZIP code, the humor will be postal without "going postal".


An airhead says to her psychiatrist, "I'm on the road a lot, and my clients are complaining that they can never reach me." Here's how their conversation continued:

Psychiatrist: "Don't you have a phone in your car?"

Airhead: "That was a little too expensive, so I did the next best thing. I put a mailbox in my car."

Psychiatrist: "So how's that working?"

Airhead: "Actually, I haven't gotten any letters yet. I figure it's because when I'm driving around, my zip code keeps changing."
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Is Less More in the 21st Century?

Less Is More

Today is seems as if everywhere we turn, we are told that "Less is More." The expression is from a 1855 Robert Browning poem "The Faultless Painter." The phrase was adopted by minimalist architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe who preferred simplicity of style. Now many proponents of conciseness or economy parrot "less is more" to urge people to do more with less.

Recently I received that e-mail with a list of ways that life in the 21st century is "-less."

our phones and other technology ~ wireless

cooking ~ fireless

cars ~ keyless

food ~ fatless

tires ~ tubeless
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Camping Tips – Take 2

picture of a tent

Monday morning Becka and I left to go camping at the Davidson River Campground, near Brevard, NC. Although we have done lots of camping throughout our adult life, this was the first time it was just the two of us — we've always had children with us when we've camped in the past. Family and friends in Greenville who knew we were camping were concerned about us while we were gone because it absolutely poured here. We had only a little rain (normally all it takes to bring drought relief to an area is for us to go camping there). But when we got home yesterday our rain gauge had a little over 3 inches of water in it, but we saw nowhere near that amount up in the mountains.

All in all it was very pleasant, but it really is more entertaining with younger people along. We knew how to do everything to put together meals over our campfire and Coleman stove, and we enjoyed some simple yet delicious stuff. The hotdogs cooked over oak embers were nothing short of amazing, and we have to report, in all humility, that we experienced S'mores perfection during our camping trip. But I think future trips will need to include grandchildren. If Megan and the kids get to visit us this summer, I'm already planning to sleep one night in the tent with Drew, just in the backyard without all the work required for a full-blown camping trip. He's already excited about it.

Below are some camping tips. For the most part, this is a republishing of a blog post from October 13, 2008. Readers posted some good tips and comments there, and I hope there will be others who do so to this post.

I'll start off with a camping story that is not ours.
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