August 8, 2014

7 Quick Takes - Vol. 84 (Silly signs, seat settlement, Mario head and more)

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Several amusing signs caught my attention the past week. First, I can't help buy wonder exactly what message the person who lives here is trying to send. A "Welcome" sign and a "Warning! No trespassing" sign on the same home? I'm not sure if I should barge in without knocking or turn and run far, far away.

 

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I saw this next funny sign outside a restaurant. It was easy to spot "free booze" from a distance. Then when I got closer I saw the "false advertising" comment. That would be a fun but challenging job having to come up with something funny on the sign every day.

 

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These signs for kids' sports leagues look funny right next to each. The one on the right is for flag football, and the one of the left says, "Extreme flag football." How do they make flag football extreme? Maybe the flags have barbs on them. Later I saw a sign for "Extreme cheerleading." Maybe it's just cool to add the word extreme to everything.

 

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My soon-to-be eight-year-old daughter asked me how old she has to be in order to ride in the front passenger seat in the car. I told her she had to wait until she's at least 13. She didn't mind. I told her how when I was a kid, my brother and I used to fight over who got to sit in the front until our parents came up with a system of sharing. We had weekly shifts in the front seat.

 

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That's similar to how we settled our wild battles over who got to pick what to watch on TV and who had first dibs on the TV guide. Get the details over here.

 

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I was sad to learn of the death of longtime Braves broadcaster Pete van Wieren. He was the last living member of the big three Braves announcers, along with Ernie Johnson and Skip Caray, that I grew up watching since about 1980. They were a perfect match. Pete was the level-headed knowledgable one, Ernie was the folksy grandfatherly type and Skip was the irreverent uncle. Pete's death prompted me to finally read his autobiography that he wrote in 2010.

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There's only one pitcher in Major League Baseball who's "brave" enough to wear the new protective cap. Other players have joked that Alex Torres of the San Diego Padres looks like Super Mario from the video game or Dark Helmet from Spaceballs. But my daughter had a different assessment while we watched the Braves play the Padres online recently. She said it looks like he has cell phones stuffed into the side of his hat.

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