Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Do I Need a Magnifying Glass When Driving?

During the school year I drive the same way twice a day. In the morning the road is more quiet as I try to leave early, but when I am driving home in the rush hour traffic, I can glad I am driving south as the north side of the road is often bumper to bumper traffic for a few miles.

Around middle of May I began to see these strange sandwich signs along the road.





Oh, you can't read it.
Really? 
But most of you who are reading this blog are somehow involved in teaching reading or writing. What is your problem? Do you think this picture would be better?


Oh, you still can't see the text? 
I have had this same dilemma for the last few weeks. So, Annika and I decided to actually stop and take some photos on a Sunday morning when there is hardly any traffic on this road. Perhaps if we were to step really close to the board (as there really was no traffic to hinder us from stopping), we could actually be able to read the sign. As you can see, this distance does not give me any clues to the topic of the sign.



Annika walked right up to the board. 
Yes, she had to deal with some weeds that had  grown in front of the board. Still, Annika had a hard time reading the post.  If we had a hard time seeing the text, would could a driver who drives 45 miles/hour see from his/her window? 


I am taking this photo as close to the board as I can in order to fit it all in. Still, I am really having a hard time reading the text. I can see that it is about a public hearing of some sort, but, seriously, this is the format that they (township etc.) came up with to publicize the meeting?

The other day when I was again driving this section of the road, I counted 12 signs on a three mile section. I have never seen a car stop, or even slow down, to read the sign. I continue to wonder who made the decision to design and place these signs along a very busy road. Couldn't they have used twitter or other Internet based social media to inform their constituents? Using a format that public can easily access, and where the text is readable? 

So, should I start carrying a magnifying glass in the car? And I don't mean a pocket size one to read the menu, but a letter size one that would help me to read the signs along the roads. What do you think?


28 comments:

  1. Maybe it is an important hearing where the officials would like to have the least number of people possible. I think that if you and Annika show up they will be very surprised. An odd way to share the announcements indeed.

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    1. You just might be right; they do not need many people a the meeting. Less people = less hassle.

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  2. Signs like this drive me nuts. At least you were able to answer your question. It seems a new way to inform the public needs to be investigated.

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    1. How about one big board (billboard) that a driver could actually read while driving? That is not even a new idea. I still vote for new ideas!

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  3. Seems like some public official needs a call... maybe they will provide the magnifying glasses. Doubtful, because Terje is probably right... they don't really want anyone to show up at the meeting.

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    1. Too bad I don't live in this township--just drive through it to work.

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  4. Hmmm...not very "public" right?!

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  5. So funny! How awesome of you to stop to see what the sign said.

    ~Jennifer

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    1. The intrigue got the best of me:-)

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  6. It's quite ridiculous to expect people to stop and read those signs on such a busy road!

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  7. This is so funny! I love the picture of Annika trying to read this sign. Priceless!

    Thanks for letting me know about Holly Mueller's blog! I love the idea. I am going to try to stop by thisThursday. :)

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    1. Laura, it really as funny! I look forward to reading your blog/comments on Thursday.

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  8. Sounds like they are following the letter of the law, but not the spirit, as they are posting the hearing, but not really letting people know about it.

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    1. I am beginning to wonder what they do not want people to know....

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  9. Got a chuckle. Trouble is, as someone said, these officials probably are following the letter of the law - notify people of an event but doing it so the least no. arrive. Sneaky.

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    1. These signs could have been great; with less text and bigger font!

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  10. Have you ever read The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy? One of my favorite parts is when the town council (or whatever) tells Arthur that he should have known his house was going to be bulldozed, because the notice was posted... in the basement of the town hall, in a locked file cabinet, past the sign saying "Beware of the Leopard!" (Or something like that.) Looks like you've found a real-life example! :-)

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    1. Jennifer, I might need to read that book this summer!

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  11. Doesn't seem that a sign is doing what it should do if you have to get out of your car to read it. Hilarious!

    Cathy

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    1. Perhaps they should have built special spots to pull over and read the sign. Too bad they did not think that far ahead.

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  12. I love that you stopped to read the sign!!! :) It boggles my mind why things like this are done and who thought it was a good idea. Hmmm...

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    1. Perhaps a workshop on PR for the department?

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  13. Officials can say that they notified people. It's not their fault no one showed up. On second thought, maybe that is what they wanted.

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  14. Thanks for bringing us up close and personal. Love the images growing clearer and clearer :)

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    1. Too bad my car window does not have an automatic magnifying glass adjuster!

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