No Parking signs appear on our lawn and two of our neighbors’ lawns a couple weeks ago.  The gas company is doing some work.  Only they don’t, 5 days go by and no gas company guys.  On the 5th day, the dates on the signs change, to next week.  I wonder if they will show up this time.  By golly, on the March 29, the first day on the sign they park 2 trucks and a large trailer on the street in the early afternoon.  By late afternoon, they’re gone and so are the signs.

Well, that was quick.  And no trace of whatever digging they did.  Impressive, as the mess usually lasts for week or more.

One of the most prevalent signs today, the no parking sign.  The one on our lawn had the days and times in black marker and also a computer printout attached with the same days and times, encased in plastic.  I see that all the time, the sign maker doubles up the information.  In case some nefarious character with an eraser alters the dates and times.

No parking signs appeared in the early 1900’s.  Early car owners apparently parked wherever they wanted.  As more people drove cars, cities couldn’t afford all those people parking wherever they wanted.  The no parking sign was born, and looks pretty much like it did in the 1930’s.  Not much room for improvement, except now you can order on demand online your very own no parking sign.  Use your personalized no parking signs with caution, else you get fined like Madonna did.

A quick Google search indicates before the advent of the car, people parked their buggy wherever they pleased.   With no Walmart or Costco, not that many buggies congregated to cause a buggy jam.  But in the 21st century, if you’re Amish, your horse and buggy have their own special parking place at Costco and Walmart.  And the no parking sign applies to both car and buggy.  Nowadays, no matter what you drive, no parking is no parking.

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About kriskkaria

Actress, comedian, voice actor and singer, I voice a weekly podcast called Does This Happen to You. Funny compendium of your day's journey.

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