Sometimes, The Wheel is on Fire

Sometimes, The Wheel is on Fire

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

So Long, Anal Place

For the past 8 years or so, every time I've left my office this sign has greeted me from across the street:



It's a pretty clear example of why you shouldn't choose "canal" as the first word of something, then make all the letters the same case, and plant shrubbery where it will obscure the first letter.1

Anyway, today's the last day I'll see this sign for a while, since I'm being moved downtown. And sadly, there's no anal place across the street from the downtown office.2

Not even if you use the rear entrance.3


1 Or, depending on your sense of humor, it's a pretty clear example of why you should.
2 Or, if there is, it's marked much more discreetly.
3 Yeah, I went there. To the rear entrance, that is. There isn't any sign.

27 comments:

  1. City cutbacks in maintenance?
    Sorry you won't get to see your anal sign anymore.

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    1. You're right, it probably is cutbacks. They probably only have budget for an anal place after hours.

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  2. I'm in the 'pretty clear example of why you should' camp. That's hilarious.

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    1. I had a feeling you might be. So, how long till you convince The Store to start selling a product named Canal Beads?

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  3. Very nice. Sadly that P has those silly breaks in the font, otherwise it would be even more obscured (the C that is).

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    1. Unless, perhaps, it's "B"anal Place?

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    2. Nah, you won't sell apartments if you call a place banal. Actually, those bushes obscure more than you think; its full name is Bacchanal Place.

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  4. If you're the kind of person--and I think you are--who likes to make up pseudonyms (usually involving potty-humor) for places and things, the lack of a sign will not deter you! :)

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    1. I actually find most bathroom humor too base for my tastes... but yes, I do like to create pseudonyms. I shall not be deterred!

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  5. This is really funny, Nate. I pass by the sign every day and never noticed!

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    1. It can take a skewed mind to notice these things. And clearly yours isn't skewed enough. Which is probably a good thing...

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  6. Shame to lose out on that sign, really. It's rather lovely, at bottom.

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    1. And here we are, opting for all the easy puns, when for all we know the place might just be really neat and ordered.

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  7. So they need to trim thier bush around the "C"...

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    1. They can do as they want in that area, but I wouldn't go too long without proper maintenance, or it could get a bit hairy.

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  8. Tom's comment is the funniest one I have ever read!!! Anyway, I am sure if you look hard enough you will find the rear entrance!!!

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    1. Chuck, it shouldn't be too hard, and I'll find my way in.

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  9. I wish I had a witty reply. Sadly, I do not. But your post did brighten my day! :-)

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    1. And I wish I had a witty reply. We can't be at our best all the time. But I'm glad I could brighten your day.

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  10. Is that actually a spotlight in front of it? So if somebody is cruising at night, they can better find 'anal place'?

    Thanks for the fabulous laugh.

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    1. But of course, Beverly. You wouldn't want people to have to grope around blindly in the dark looking for it, now would you?

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  11. Beware of strange signs and stranger placements.

    Brilliant and brief words of wisdom, Nate. Wit is the weapon of brevity, something we so desperately hope to impart but often fail. You have not failed :)

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    1. I'd long known brevity was the soul of wit, but only found out wit was the weapon of brevity recently when brevity approached me under cover of night and tried to stab me in the back. Luckily, following a bitter and hard-fought struggle, I managed to disarm it and claim its weapon as my own. To wit, I then slayed brevity for its treachery.

      Long story short, I now have trouble making long stories short.

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    1. Yes, I suppose most owners of expensive cars are very anal about their vehicles' upkeep, but I don't think that's the point you were making. In fact, I don't think you have a point, since your comment was so dull it nearly put me to sleep at The Wheel. See what I did there? Probably not. Well, compared to your comment it's comedy gold.

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