Riddle, Mystery, Enigma

The photo in my last post is from a long walk I took with the dog the other day, a loop from my home east of Lake Merritt up to Berkeley and back (a bit over 10 miles altogether, according to the handy Gmap Pedometer). I had some errands to run along the way, but I also hoped to get some good pictures. As it turned out, I only took a handful of photos, and I’m not wild about any of them, but here is a sampling:


Fans of the crossword puzzle and the jumble in your local newspaper (if your city still has a local newspaper) might appreciate this sign, because the only way you can make sense of it is to figure out a missing word (Wadi or arroyo, 4 letters) and then unscramble another.

Car Peon

Two things you’ve probably noticed about time: it only goes one way, and what you’ll find in that particular direction is a big unknown. So this sign on Telegraph Avenue in Oakland must be an advertisement for the future:

This Way

Any, um, questions?

That is the Question


4 Responses to “Riddle, Mystery, Enigma”

  1. wordnerd says:

    CAR…PEON–not an establishment you’re likely to patronize.

  2. ruth gutmann says:

    At least both arrows point in the same direction, and that, rather than the empty sign frames, seems to signify the direction in which things are going. Time is beginning to tell. For me it signifies something about the current state of California, from the news we are getting.
    Now if you could turn those arrows around and have them point at another sign that reads: ” Undo Proposition 13″ ….

  3. Becks says:

    Oh yes, the forever messed with Car Wash sign. For a long time it was an ongoing war between Chevron and whoever is messing with the sign. Some days it would say Car Wash, but most days it would say War Cash. So they finally changed the sign entirely, but I guess that didn’t help much.

  4. dc says:

    Becks: Thanks, I didn’t know that sign had a long history. ‘War cash’ is a pretty apt spoonerism. I pass that station often on my bike, so I’ll have to start paying closer attention to the sign.

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