Angst Is Dead, Utopia NowPosted: February 21, 2011
A few weeks ago I was driving through downtown Charlotte. I spotted one of those lighted highway message signs that had been placed in front of an art center. The messages alternated between two – “ANGST IS DEAD” and “UTOPIA NOW”.
I am not writing about angst or utopia today.
I do, however, want to take a very pro-utopia stance. Beyond that, I’ll leave you to your own opinion on the matter and respect your point of view.
So Much Potential
Have you ever stopped to think about how much fun you could have with a highway message sign? You should.
Twenty one characters and spaces on the panel to create two alternating messages or one long one. A bright flashing canvas that would make your thoughts readable for half a mile or more. Twenty one spaces. If you had them to play with, what would you use them to say?
I’d Solve A Problem
I have a neighbor who has a dog. I know that doesn’t distinguish me from the crowd.
Anyhow, the neighbor family and their dog exist, as do I. I apparently exist to provide a lavatory for this pooch. Every morning, the neighbors let the dog out. The dog comes over and takes care of business in front of my house. Dogs do that. I’m not going to lose any sleep over it.
Actually, my grass can certainly use the fertilizer.
This poor old pup doing what needs to be done in my yard is OK. It is the closest contact I have with those neighbors. What I don’t like is that on the mornings when my schedule shifts a little and I leave for work during the dog’s morning constitutional, his owners act surprised at what he’s doing and call him back to the house. What do they think he’s up to when they send him out?
There are limits to my tolerance.
It looks like the day is coming where I will put a highway sign in front of the neighbors house to say:
DOG POOP ON MY PORCH IS NOW IN UR MAILBOX