Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Chalk talk for Need a Laugh Wednesday

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If you live in an urban area, as I do, you are accustomed to tripping over the outdoor chalkboard signs that hog sidewalk space outside cafes, salons and boutiques. I always enjoy it when the sign-writers have a little fun with them.

I didn't see any of these signs in real life, but they were fun to round up. The next several are part of a collection published on Happy Place. Click here to see a coupla dozen more.

Before I show you my favorite sign, I will tell you the only personal anecdote I can think of involving a chalkboard in a public space. In downtown DC there used to be a bookstore called Olsson's Books that had an espresso/sandwich bar, as so many do. All of the sandwiches were named after authors, and they didn't have a printed menu--just the names of all the sandwiches and drinks written on a gigantic, lavishly illustrated chalkboard behind the counter.

One of the sandwiches was named the Edgar Allen Poe. As a copy editor, I know that Edgar Allan Poe is one of the most misspelled names in the English language. I pointed out--very politely--to the cashier that Poe's middle name was misspelled. She shrugged it off.

I said, "You know, as a bookstore, I thought you would care about something like this."

She shrugged again.

I said, "You don't have to take my word for it that it's misspelled. You could walk over about 20 feet and check it yourself in the classic literature section."

She shrugged again.

I said, "You know, it's not like I'm pointing out an error in a sign that it's going to cost you hundreds of dollars to remake. It's a chalkboard."

In the end, I was far more irritated by her attitude than the misspelling. I didn't go back to that bookstore because it wasn't in a neighborhood I frequented, but my husband would stop in occasionally and I would always ask afterward, "Did they ever fix Poe?" and he would say no. When the store went out of business a couple years after my encounter, I felt a smug satisfaction.

Anyway, here is my favorite chalkboard, spotted on Pinterest:

1 comment:

  1. I love these and laughed out loud at that last one. We've taken Ruby to a coffee shop in Pasadena that has an actual area for kids and kids drinks. I think that's brilliant marketing!


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