Everyone loves a good, overly restrictive park sign from Singapore or Hong Kong. Signs like this one:
This is the kind of sign that makes me want to roller-skate through the park with a pet ferret on one shoulder and a blaring boom box on the other. All technically ok according to this sign, but clearly not ok according to basic common sense. By the next week, I wonder if they’d have added three more panels to address these newly discovered annoying behaviors? Then I’d simply have to take up pipe smoking while playing hacky sack and licking messy, drippy ice cream cones.
But, as mildly ridiculous as the Hong Kong sign seems, this sign from America has it beat:
This park sign, spotted in Washington State, assumes that we Americans have only the barest understanding of how to take care of ourselves. We have to be told that wet things are slippery and that hot things will burn. We have to be told to wear shoes. We have to be told not to push and shove. Apparently, we even have to be specifically told to follow the rules. What a poor simple-minded people we must be. How lovely that the Kitsap County Parks and Recreation Department was generous enough to assume that we are actually literate.
Whoever wrote this sign is an idiot.
On a completely different topic:
I’ll close this post with a big “thank you” to my fellow Hong Kong blogger, Bluebalu, for awarding me the One Lovely Blog Award! My crazy summer in America will keep me from properly passing this award on to others right away, but in the meantime, please go and check out Bluebalu’s blog. This last week she put up some great posts about classic Hong Kong diners, “What is a Cha Chaan Teng?”, and “What to order in a Cha Chaan Teng,” as well as a beautiful photo post with evening/night shots of Hong Kong, “Picture of the Week: Hong Kong Impressions.”
Thank you Bluebalu! I hope you’re surviving the hot, stormy days of summer.