“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


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.
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


  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?

  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 ;)


  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...:-)

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

  5. Thank God banjos can still be freely plucked!


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