Thursday, October 06, 2005

stigmatization & other local phenomena

this is something i've seen only in halifax (but then again, i'm not exactly 'well travelled') : in front of some of the houses there are ginormous, yellow diamond-shaped signs screwed up on posts. they are somewhat larger than your average stop sign & list in all caps some kind of physical infirmity: "BLIND PERSON," "DEAF PERSON," "HEARING IMPAIRED PERSON" et cetera -- presumably those signs serve the same function as those 'school crossing' signs, & warn those passersby to be extra careful, but why stop at that, i say. why not have signs for everybody?
"INSUFFERABLE FOOL," " GANGRENE OF THE SCROTUM," & the like; my sign would probably say something like "MISANTHROPIC BASTARD"... it's ok though, if other people don't mind being singled out for pity/ridicule by big fuckin' signs in front of their houses, then why should it bother me?
[on a more sober note (yes, i'm drunk) i'll follow up on this, find out if those signs are mandatory or voluntary. that kind of thing & finish up this post proper-like in a couple of hours. there's also a real messed up poster i wanna comment on, but i'm late for a party & i keep pressing the wrong keys anyways, so i'll finish this one up later, like maybe tomorrow.]


At 6:33 p.m., October 06, 2005, Blogger Long_Division said...

My sign would say "Drunken Procrastinator" right now.

At 8:45 a.m., October 07, 2005, Blogger Jege (Jen) said...

Goddamn, that's some funny shit. I'm gonna go get wasted and make signs for every single one of my coworkers.

Btw, my sign would read "Bitchy jaded cynic".


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