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Found Message at the Playground

Beneath Your Feet is the weekly photo challenge

Signage, written in chalk.  No one else around don’t know who wrote it on the pavement in from of the bench.

Sunday evening, we were at the playground with my two youngest grandchildren.  My sister Mary  is the one who pointed it out.

Of course, I had my cell phone to capture and share!  Didn’t walk on it. Just wondered who felt compelled to write it.

Hang up and parent sign


Unexpected Signage at East Exit Motel and Street View Google Car in an Alley

Be the Change SignWilliam Penn Highway on the way to the crafts store Pat Catan’s in Murraysville.

After I bought the couple of items I needed, I had to drive and turn around and come back so I could photograph this sign.  There’s a median in the middle of the road and LOTS of traffic so it was a bit of an effort but I knew I wouldn’t be this way again in the near future.

This location is near the Pennsylvania Turnpike Entrance/Exit.

The motel is old school in appearance and it would be nice to include the sign AND the motel itself but too dangerous to shoot from the highway itself so pulled into their parking lot. There was a lot of truck traffic.

Here is a slice of the motel taken out the passenger window.

East Exit Motel

And then later in the afternoon what did I see in my neighborhood?

A GOOGLE car with a big camera mounted the top, driving down an alley way off of Bryant Street.

Collecting images for Street View? Here is information on how the photos are turned into Street View.

I don’t know.  You can sure see them coming. By the time I got the camera to my eye they were going.

Headed in a different direction.

I wonder how much the camera costs that is on the top of the car? I looked up LIDAR camera technology.


google car

Above view is the cropped version of the photograph below.


google car in alleyBy the way, that sky is a true blue sky which is rare in our city. They say we have just 59 sunny days a year.

Well, this was one of them.   Seriously hot, too.

Millbrae Way is the name of the alley shown and it’s near the historic marker of the Billy Eckstine home on Bryant Street. Born in 1914-Died- 1993.  I just went to look up his grave and he was cremated and ashes given to a family member. There are many famous graves in Pittsburgh.

How I went from the signage at the East Exit Motel, to Google camera car to famous people buried in Pittsburgh I’m not sure so will close and post.

Found this Sign in the Parking Lot

Thought it was a great idea.

Drivers today are so impatient.

It’s good to know that someone in front of you is learning how to drive.

A woman came out of the store and said.”Why is she taking a picture of my car?”

I told her I wanted to remember her good idea for when my grandchildren are learning to drive. I assured her I didn’t take her license plate number.

She said the sign on the car really works. We had a nice conversation about it.

student driver sign

So What Are You Supposed to Do?

You’re taking the same exit as the truck in front of you with the sign?

What do you do?

Roanoke Route 581  Photographed by Marlene with Erika driving. The truck exited the same direction they wanted to go.  They exited too!

Thanks for sending these Mar. Fun.IMG_5242


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Pete’s Signs in the Roller Shades Department

I forget the number of the aisle at Home Depot. Thursday afternoon.


My sister was helping me get straightened up around here.  The family’s gathering in this weekend.

I was getting a couple of new shades for my bedroom windows. Make it private for my guests.

The shades had to be cut to size.

On the shelf below the shade cutter,  I saw these two signs and asked,

“Who made these signs?”


“Tell Pete they’re great!”

(BTW the customer service was super today! and no mistakes )

Mistakes sign

Faux pas definition


The Roller Shades Section

Found the Key to Happiness

You know how I’m always looking for signs.

And there it was at the Auto Glass Store.

Driving from school, stopped at the red light.

Written on the portable sign.


Key to Happiness

Solidarity with New York Teachers

From one city of Pittsburgh school teacher to the teachers of New York-

I met Megan as we were getting on the subway shuttle today.  She teaches Middle School Special Ed.

She was on her way to the demonstration in front of Governor Cuomo’s East Side Office to protest his unfair educational policies and linking student test scores to teacher evaluation (for starters). Not to mention his total disrespect for teachers.

Here’s the photo I took of her with her protest sign.

(Mary and I were on our way to meet friends at the Cooper-Hewitt Museum.)

She sent the photo I took to herself- so later I had a thought.  See below the dotted line.

Here it is. Thanks Megan.

Special Ed Teacher on way to protest




Then I got to thinking and texted her and asked her to send photos from the actual demonstration.


Here is Megan’s gallery of the parents and teachers and students united in oppostion to Governor Cuomo’s Educational Policy.





(looks like a a pretty handknit scarf, too- I know it had to be cold standing outside)


Reserved Parking Puddle Sign – Upside Down and Right Side Up

First the rotated version.

Looks like the beach instead of the Pittsburgh Greenway Parking Lot.

reserved parking

and the original – with a bit of a blur on the PA license plate so no one is identifled

reserved parking puddle

Thirds or Threes, Skip the Bokeh

The Weekly Photo Challenge is supposedly the Rule of Thirds but the presentation of the challenge  is so completely different from what I have been taught and teach- I thought of adding the grid on some of these images to size them up. But decided to just go with what I see as broken up into thirds, or in some cases threes.

Confined myself to a NYC archive to simplify the selections.  My gallery doesn’t fit the parameters of the suggested minimalist, off center subject and a blurry background.

Jazz Festival Sign from Croatia – Guest Blog

Blog follower Tanja read the Weekly Photo Challenge Post with the signs on Oct 8th.

She wrote to me and sent the photo of the sign below.

Thanks for your contribution to the blog today, Tanja.

Best,  Ruth

“My summer vacation I was in Istria, in a small town called Bale and I attended at the Jazz Festival. During the festival, a small cafe near the place where the festival was held, had put the sign in the front of the cafe. The sign was something that I have never seen before so I took a photo.  Maybe you will find it interesting too.”

Jazz Festival Sign


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