“Do you know," Peter asked, "why swallows build in the eaves of houses? It is to listen to the stories.” ~ J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

8.18.2009

No Smoking, Soliciting, Photography or Handguns

The power of a photograph!

Not a dream today, but a moment of reality.

This is another image from my inspiration blog, may it rest in peace.
One of the fun things about letting it go is re-posting the images here,
letting some people see them for the first time.
Some of you have already been privy, I know,
and I thank you so very, very much for your understanding
when you see them again.

There are so many things that go through my head when I see this sign.
I just laughed at first,
because oh!
I don't know how so many of you out there get the pictures you do,
especially at flea markets,
because when I walk by vendors with a camera
I cannot tell you how often I am stopped,
a soft touch on my elbow,
a voice almost a whisper explaining no pictures please,
and it isn't really me, they say,
but some of the others.
You understand, they continue, looking over their shoulders,
checking for those awful others.
I don't understand, but I never pursue it.
They say their displays are their art,
but personally I must admit that the displays are not that different,
a stack of books with a birdcage here,
another stack with a birdcage way over there.
But who am I to argue, I think,
and I go on my way.

This sign is from Macy's.
?
No books with birdcages there.
And no doubt impossible to enforce
in this day of cellphone cameras.
So.
?
Just odd.

My second thought, and one that also made me laugh,
is the handgun specification.
Only handguns?
I know, I know,
I shouldn't laugh,
but really?
Just odd.
the sign is technically just a suggestion, a gun expert tells me

6 comments:

  1. So rifles, sawed-off shotguns, and submachine guns (not to mention grenades) are welcome at Macy's? Well hot damn! But who'll be around to photograph all the mangled mannekins?

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  2. Isn't that odd? I was in Chinatown in San Francisco and took a photo inside of a medicine shop and got yelled at by some old lady. That has never happened to me before. I did get a really cool photo though...I will post it tomorrow on my Nowordz photo blog for fun! You'll have to drop by and see it ;)

    http://nowordz.shutterchance.com

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  3. So this sign is for real...? To me the smoking and handguns part is very surreal...because up here it's just a given. It is unlawful to smoke in a public space...even within a certain number of feet outside a public place...and guns, forget about it! I'm pretty sure we wouldn't be allowed to solicite or take pictures either...:-)

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  4. LOL. Yes, well that means automatic weapons are OK, then! And knives? Bombs? I'll stop here.

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  5. Thank God banjos can still be freely plucked!

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