Beloved children’s character seeks your vote

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I can’t be the only who sees these campaign signs for Grover Merritt (above) and immediately thinks of the “Sesame Street” character (below).

I’m unaware of any political aspirations on the part of the blue Muppet, but people of a certain age will recall that he often daydreamed he was a crimefighter, Super Grover (bottom), a role that may not be so distant from being a district attorney. (Super Grover, whose alter ego was doorknob salesman Grover Kent, was described in the opening as “smarter than a speeding bullet.”)

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Spy pies

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At a Coco’s in Rancho Cucamonga the day before Thanksgiving, reader Tony says he and his wife were surprised to see pies stacked up everywhere for pickup, including a couple that he concluded might be for the National Security Administration. “I wondered why there was a black helicopter in the parking lot,” he joked.

(NSA would, of course, really stand for No Sugar Added. At least, that’s what the NSA would like us to believe.)

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Farewell to arms?

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On Merrill Avenue near Chino Airport, motorists appear to enter a zone in which they may donate unused shoulders. (Perhaps the repository is the convenient ditch to their right.) It’s probably okay to slow down for the drop off, but as the second sign warns, don’t come to a full stop.

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Gone but (shudder) not forgotten

Big Boy 020I don’t know what they sold in this store on Monte Vista Avenue in Montclair, probably wigs, but the name and logo always creeped me out when I’d drive by, making me think of, oh, I dunno, dolls with human hair that might come to life and strangle you in your sleep, while looking perky and innocent when found over your bruised corpse.

Now¬†that the store is out of business, I thought I’d memorialize it before the sign is plucked.

 

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Warnin’!

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A sign on the lot just below the Metrolink tracks in Upland, on the site of the former Hoyt Lumber yard, takes a folksy approach. I don’t know if the sign, posted by San Bernardino Associated Governments, is missing one G or mistakenly included the other two. Photo by Councilman Gino Filippi, who’s as handy with a camera as he is with a corkscrew.

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