Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Fences and Signs


Gossip over the fence. Yes, I know the fence needs paint, but it is on the inside of my yard. I am the only one seeing it!


I suppose you could say I have been straddling the fence about the paint job. Mr. Martha loves to sit on a fence post and swish his tail at the dogs to make them bark. That annoys me and then the dogs get in trouble.

A bit of trivia has been stuck in my mind since He Who listens to talk radio shared it with me. To know the number of silks on an ear of corn, you need only count the kernels. That is not exactly what he said, this is the condensed version.

Every time I handle corn, whether it is in preparation or when I am about to eat it, I have to stop myself from counting the kernels. Why would I need to know the number of corn silks adorning that ear of corn? More to the point, I would have to count both the kernels and the silks to prove the adage to be right. And ....... even more to the point, why does this bother me?

It was brought to my attention (by a valued camper, whose opinion matters) that all of my signage throughout the park has negative connotations. "Do Not Enter", "Slow Down, Speed Limit 10 MPH". Now I am looking at all my signs and seeing only negative. He suggested a sign that thanks the customer as he leaves. I like to paint. I like to make signs, too. But, how shall I phrase this thank you?

It has to include a frog, for sure. Should it be short and sweet ....... THANKS, COME AGAIN? or maybe more down home ........ Y'ALL COME BACK.  HURRY BACK ....... I WANT YOUR MONEY. Maybe not. VISIT MORE OFTEN?

I do have a sign on the front porch that says, "Hippity hop, non-stop, down to Kan-Do" Camper Patrick penned that one. I ran out of room for the rest of it ..... "where we have a pad for you". As in lily pad, with the ever present frog included. So, there, DJ, that one is not negative!

Camper Marshell suggests a sign touting all the amenities that the state park lacks. I am on the same road, only a mile away. But you pass me to get there. They are not set up for big rigs, no pull thrus and no full hook-ups. The sites are short and tight. If you are traveling through and want a one-night stop, it isn't very convenient. If you are towing a vehicle, you have to unhook it. They don't have a pool, a camp store, a laundry room. They send me lots of business for ice and firewood.

Problem is, when you make a reservation at a state park, there is no refund. No matter what. It costs more to stay there when you pay the reservation fee than staying here cost. Camper Debbie wanted a sign the campers from the state park could read as they left. "DON"T YOU WISH YOU HAD STAYED HERE?" I vetoed that one. I could only imagine some camper staying here and then finding fault with everything and asking me why I had a sign up that indicated this park was so much better .......

Signs, signs and more signs.

10 comments:

Brian Miller said...

ha. i like the dont you wish you stayed here sign...make sure you point it at the state park traffic...hahaha

mama .bonnie said...

Problem with signs is the only ones who read them are the ones who follow the rules already......

Mike said...

How about a frog saying, "Thank you for hopping on over to our pad" or something like that.

Joanne Noragon said...

How do folks locate campgrounds these days? When I was a kid we children had the task of pouring over the RandMcNally campground guide and finding the best one. Young as we were, we could compare the dots for the amenities offered.

Kathy G said...

In my opinion even ONE piece of corn silk is too many! It just gets all over the counter (if I'm doing the job) or floor (if anyone else is shucking it).

Sandi McBride said...

Yall come back, ya hear? Now that's a true southern sign...or maybe for those drop ins...if I knew you were coming I'd have baked a cake...let us know lol
hugs
Sandi

Jeff said...

This spring I saw a sign at a campground exit that was a pic of a frog with a cute grin giving the thumbs up sign. In quotes "enjoy your day!"(do frogs have thumbs?) As for out front at your entrance "Prevent camp selection remorse...Stay here"

Val said...

Your sunflowers and the fence and the talk of corn made me think of Hee Haw's Kornfield Kounty.

Pat said...

Speaking from an ex-full time RVer, (wow, THAT'S a mouthful!) it was always nice to see a sign on the way out of the campground thanking us for our business or sending us off. Whether it said, "Safe travels", "See ya next time", "Thanks for staying with us", etc., it was a nice gesture.

Linda O'Connell said...

Hop on back soon!
Hope you had a hoppin' good time.

I'm sure you will come up with something ribbiting.