The Lighthouses Of West VirginiaPosted: October 20, 2010 | |
Long ago, a sailor navigated the ocean. Desperate for safe harbor and a source of supplies, he looked out into the dark night hoping for a sign of land and a clue that other people were near.
The sea caused his little boat to roll and pitch as he pressed on through the darkness. As the boat rose from the trough of a wave he saw something. In the distance, a glow gradually turned to a shaft of light in the dark night. The beckoning light of the lighthouse let him know he was on course and nearing harbor.
Lighthouses still operate on the world’s great bodies of water. Most of these towers were built long ago and remain in use as a navigational aid to mariners.
I am not a mariner. I did not sail the dark and lonely sea. I drove through West Virginia at night. Yet, like our sailor, I saw a glow in the distance.
Not Long Ago
Two nights ago I navigated the length of Interstate 77 north through West Virginia. Desperate for caffeine and fuel, I scanned the darkness hoping for an indicator that I was near a town and other people who could help cure that desperation.
The winding road caused my little car to pitch and roll as I pressed on through the night. as my car rose up from a valley, I saw something. In the distance, the glow gradually turned into a pool of light in the dark night. The beckoning light of the billboard let me know I was on course and nearing a town.
Billboards Are The Lighthouses Of West Virginia
In navigating the Interstate highways of West Virginia in the dark, I detected a clear pattern. The first indicator that you are approaching a town in West Virginia is a billboard. Not just any billboard. The billboards that serve as the navigational beacons in West Virginia are always for strip clubs or porn shops.
It appears to me that any conglomeration of people in West Virginia that could be construed as a town must have a strip club or a porn shop. I am convinced that this is how people find the town they live in. They drive Interstate 77 until they see the billboard displaying the generic stripper woman assigned to their town, then they get off the highway.
Is West Virginia the only state where this sort of business advertises along the highway? Absolutely not. It is just the only state where the ads are so pervasive. It is sad to see. West Virginia is a beautiful state populated by nice people. Let’s hope they can class the joint up sometime soon.
Seriously…get a hobby.