Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Way to be Safe

We've lived in our current neighborhood for a little over two years now. Several months in, I noticed this little sign on the door of our neighborhood Safeway supermarket. I snapped it (sorry about the finger in shot), then forgot about it for several more months. This was long before all the recent "open carry" and assault-rifles-in-Chipotle controversy.

There are two other Safeway stores in this town, but neither of them have a sign like this. Why? Could it have something to do with the fact that they are not on the edge of a ghetto, like mine?

I love my neighborhood.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Pareidolia Dept.

These three comical robotic faces are all in the company shuttle van.

What Would Jesus Do (About Boobs)?

In case I haven't mentioned it before, I drive a bus. There are several of these advertisements for a local radio station in various bus stop shelters. If that looks like a large pair of breasts behind the word "radio", that's because that is exactly what they are. The first time I saw this ad, as I flashed by in my bus (because no one was waiting at that shelter), I thought that the breasts were bare. A subsequent passing seemed to bear out that the breasts were indeed covered by something. Finally, when no one was on board, I stopped at one of the shelters and gave the poster a good...long...look - you know, just to make sure.

So basically what we have here is what appears to be a Warholish coloring of a photograph of a woman's torso clad in a bikini top. There are also some posters that feature a man's bare chest. Now using flesh - especially boobs - to sell something is nothing new. What's confusing about this particular ad campaign is that these two radio stations (AM 930 and FM 104.5) are CHRISTIAN! What is up with that?

Sunday, February 2, 2014

It Wants Your Soul

This is from a simple child's toy - a bubble wand in the shape of a butterfly. I'm sure it would have made some interesting bubbles, although certainly not in the shape of a butterfly. We'll never know, because the cheap thing snapped off of its wand on the first wave before it could ever be dipped in the soap.

Just as well, though, because if by chance that face had been rendered in three dimensions, it would have been terrifying. I think whoever designed this must have had a run-in with the Mothman as a youth. Look at that mouth!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

The Eyes Have It

I've mentioned before that a local bar in an old building has funny pictures painted on some of the ground floor windows that have been covered up. This one, if you can't tell, is supposed to be Tom Cruise from his Top Gun days (kind of stunning to realize that was now 28 years ago - the guy has staying power). Recently someone decided to enhance the painting with googly eyes.