The Sledgehammer – Version 2.0

May 29, 2008

Pick a Lane, Any Lane

Filed under: Bellevue, Random Stuff — Tags: , — Brian Lutz @ 10:55 am

With the seemingly perpetual construction projects on I-405 through Bellevue these days, it’s not surprising that people might have some trouble finding their way around.  Right now, the construction seems to be focused primarily on the I-90 interchange, where a new bridge is being built to handle more southbound traffic. This interchange  has always been something of a spaghetti junction in its current form (that link goes to an interactive map,) and the proposed master plan for this interchange looks suspiciously like it might make an even bigger mess out of this place than it already is.  Figuring out what lane you were supposed to be in to get to whatever destination you were headed for was enough of a challenge before all this construction started, and with stuff being constantly rearranged these days, it looks like even the sign people aren’t sure which lane goes where:

As far as I can tell, the arrows on this sign are pretty much just pointing off in random directions.  It seems that you’re just supposed to pick a lane, stick with it, and hope that you don’t accidentally end up in downtown Enumclaw for some unknown reason. 

May 9, 2008

Commute Trip Reduction is Getting Out of Hand

Filed under: Random Stuff — Tags: — Brian Lutz @ 12:01 am

This sign was recently added at the intersection between the 520 offramp and Northeast 40th in Redmond, near where I work.  Apparently the bikers here are getting sick of cars turning in front of them, and have armed their bikes with laser cannons poised to annihilate those pesky drivers with the gall to make a right turn at the stoplight when there’s a walk signal.  I think I’ll just stick to taking 148th to work; at least there it’s usually only the other drivers trying to bring you to an untimely demise.

Actually, If you know the context involved here (there is a bike/walking path that runs alongside 520, and this is one of the places it has to cross the road) this sign makes sense, but I can think of a lot more interesting ways to interpet the sign than that.

December 15, 2007

Things That Probably Should Have Been Proofread Before They Were Put on a Sign

Filed under: Random Stuff — Tags: , — Brian Lutz @ 5:52 pm

Every once in a while, you run into a situation where you need a sign, and you need it quick.  Armed with a sheet of plywood and a can of spray paint, you whip up a quick sign, not only letting people know that your place is open, but showing off some of the fancy lettering skills you acquired back when you were creating, um, er… murals (yeah, that’s it) on some of the local underpasses.  There’s just one problem here:

Bussiness... OPEN

This particular example has been present in this location for a couple of months now, right next to one of the busiest streets in Kirkland. It appears that an impromptu correction has been made to the sign using a Sharpie, complete with a grade of C- which seems to suggest a spurious origin for the correction.  Of course, back when I was in school work of this quality would probably get me an F and  a note sent home to my parents, no matter how fancy the handwriting was, but that’s another story.

To be fair, if you’re trying to run a bussiness, you’re probably too busy to run to the dictionary every time you need to put together an impromptu sign.  But what if you’re getting your signs professionally made?

Um, bad news on that one too.  Unlike the individual example found above, I’ve seen a significant number of these signs in many different locations around town, and each one of them has this correction on it.  I’m guessing that particular assignment went to the parent who forgot to bring the orange slices to the last game.

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