Sign, sign
Everywhere a sign
Blockin’ out the scenery
Breakin’ my mind
Do this, don’t do that
Can’t you read the sign?

~ Five Man Electrical Band

We certainly love our signs. They tell us how to think, act and talk and what to do or not do. Some are good, some aren’t. I’ve sometimes thought that we really shouldn’t need so many signs.

This serious sign collection is definitely blocking out the scenery, but with our terribly dry conditions and a major out-of-control fire just 10 km away, do we need the reminder about not starting fires or smoking? People will do what they are determined to do, I guess, but at least the city can feel that it has done its best to warn people.

The original song from Five Man Electrical Band can be found here:

19 thoughts on “Signs”

  1. I like that signs song (and referred to it last week on my blog)
    And your photo of these sighs here are quite loud! But seems they might also be needed.

    1. Yes, they actually are as people can be so thoughtless and will wander off into unstable terrain that’s full of poison ivy and snakes and will start a fire among the dried out sage bushes! Then the city has to fish them out of there and fix the damage they have caused – there are many farms and homes nearby. Although to be fair there are normally many tourists here who would not know the area, so they need the information.

  2. Certainly makes the visitor feel welcome, Lynette!
    We have a plethora of signs on many of our roads; too many to take in while driving at some points. But nature has stepped in and covered many of these apparently ‘vital’ road signs with vegetation so they can’t be read. These include directional, speed limit, and warning signs. Makes you wonder just how vital they really are, eh?

    1. Hahaha. 🙂 Certainly does! I know we need these signs because otherwise authorities would be forever extracting people from their own poor decisions and our taxes would be even higher, as well. And, of course, there are usually a lot of tourists here who will not know the area. But I find it irritating sometimes the degree to which we have to have these. To a certain extent, people will behave foolishly anyway, regardless of signs or education programs.

  3. ;Gee, no like button on your comment…. Also, I’m used to poison ivy in wet places. I didn’t realize it is also going where it’s so dry! have to keep my eyes open if I’m out there, I guess.

    1. Thanks for the alert. I’ll try to find out what’s going on with that. Yes, there’s an amazing amount of it around, dry looking and wilted, but it apparently retains its nasty qualities even when completely dried out.

  4. Haha. Very appropriate song. Those signs, at least, make sense, and the other good thing about them is that they’re all on one post so it doesn’t look as bad as it might.

    1. Yes – at least they are on one post! Further along the trail there is a warning about snakes (hiding in the grass, no less! 😉 ); it was the one standalone sign that I saw other than trail markers.

  5. Signs by Electrical Band. I have written about it also. The tune is in my head now. The best music and inspiring also. Signs are ignored so much, in Penticton at least I see some people feel signs are optional to comply with.

    1. Yes, this song popped up as soon as I saw the collection of signs! It was actually a bit of an earworm. I agree; some people will do what they want, no matter the consequences to themselves or others …

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