Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Good Advice Then...

... good advice now.

This was taken at the Kankakee County Fairgrounds, in one of the livestock display barns. I wouldn't be surprised this sign was many decades old. Then, of course, the major risk was fire in the hay/straw/wood bedding of the animals, ignited by a flame lighting source or a cigarette.

While there's still a lot of hay, straw, and wood chips, neither flame lighting nor cigarettes were much in evidence. There were, however, much newer signs warning that food and drink were not allowed and that you should not touch your face while in the barn and that you should wash after you left. Bird flu and the Oink, you know. Ah, progress.

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Sunday, August 2, 2009

For Your Consideration.

We took my daughter to the county fair today. Since we got there just as the Midway opened, we had to wait in line to buy tickets. There, apparently sent by the God of Metaphorical Photo Ops, I saw these two.

I call this, "Jackie Spratt and, Um, Jill Spratt."

I don't know (nor would I care to wager) that they are anything other than friends and/or relations. They might have even been total strangers waiting for their kids. The title is not meant to imply a spousal relationship. I just thought it was funny.

Incidentally I don't recall that Jack Spratt's wife had a name. In the nursery rhyme tradition I have called her Jill. I also considered Jane. Incidentally incidentally, you can't read it at this resolution, but the sign reads, under the "Notice" section:

Due to the design of the seating safety device on this ride, exceptionally large people may not be able to ride.

I think Jill is dead out of luck. Sorry, Jill.

Comments invited.

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