Tuesday, May 05, 2009

It's Odd All Over

When you travel you sometimes see things that strike you as odd. We have odd things here as well, but we live with them and have accepted them for years. We either understand them or just have no reason to question them. Here people can be in awe of the No Cunits sign in Jeffers Gardens. They can be in awe of the Chief Condomhead statue. They can be awed by our signs that say “Congestion” on our narrow country roads. They can be in awe of the combination of the sign for the Oregon Youth Authority (youth prison)and Animal Shelter.

I was at a conference in Boise, Idaho last year and from the hotel parking lot I could see three bridal shops. These weren’t little mom and pop bridal shops, but three big box bridal shops. Are there that many people getting married in Boise to justify three big box bridal shops?

Recently in the high sage brush range in Central Oregon I saw a leather recliner in the middle of this sage brush vastness. There didn’t appear to be any roads or houses nearby. And one would have to go through some barbed wire to place a chair out there. It looked like a lovely place to sit with a cold drink and watch the world go by.

Heading West over Route 26 in the Mt Hood National Forest, East of Mt. Hood at around 4000 feet in elevation, both sides of the road is lined with trees and snow. This is deep forest, yet there is a highway warning sign to indicate there are cows present. WTF? Cows at 4000’?

For you that are curious, here are two local photos.


Blogger Beth said...

Well, you’re right about that. I’d definitely be in awe of the Chief Condomhead statue. That’s one bit of your local lore/history I’d have to investigate further!

4:28 AM  
Blogger Tango said...

LOL..that's too funny.
There was a pickup truck parked off of a road in Manassas. It had these huge bolders all around it. Must be some new kind of cheap anti theft device. I'll have to take a picture the next time I'm out there.

5:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My favorite is on Highway 30 just east of Rainier. The Little Jack Market no longer remains but the sign still stands.

"Little Jack Market - Saw Sharpening and Tanning"

How many loggers tan while their saw is sharpened?


5:51 AM  
Blogger Donna said...

Things that make you go "hmmmm".

I'm off to google Chief Condomhead.

5:54 AM  
Anonymous Auntie said...

I prefer to call our friend "Chief Con-Condomhead". And, he is ribbed for her pleasure!

6:02 AM  
Blogger Jeff said...

You gotta tell me what No Cunits means.

6:05 AM  
Blogger dalia said...

no cunits?

it was early in the morning when i read that and saw something entirely different... or is that the point?

6:32 AM  
Blogger Trish said...

Yeah, I'm just not getting the whole Big Box store thing anyways. Who is buying all this stuff??

7:30 AM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

OK I re-posted the article with the two photos at the bottom of the article.

A Cunit is a logging thing.
A measure of wood volume used in forestry. One cunit equals a volume of 100 cubic feet (2.8317 cubic meters) of actual wood (excluding bark and air between the logs). Cunit is primarily used for wood intended as pulpwood or firewood.

8:13 AM  
Blogger darev2005 said...

I'm sure, it being Boise and all, that right behind the bridal shops was a gun store specializing in shotguns.
Things along the highway: If I had the money and some property, I would screw with people so bad...

8:14 AM  
Blogger g said...

speaking of central oregon, on my way back from redmond last week, we took hwy 97 to check out a racetrack in grass valley. somewhere along the way, there is a tree along side the road that is decorated with shoes. it cause me to LMAO!

5:23 PM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Trish, I don't get it either.

g, no photos?

5:15 AM  
Blogger richpix said...

Shoe Tree

2:24 PM  
Blogger g said...

didn't have my camera :-(

it's pretty famous though. someone else remembered their camera:

7:09 PM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

g Check Richpix's link. Too cool!

7:51 PM  
Blogger Hahn at Home said...

Now, I looked up cunits so I knew what it was. By why wouldn't they want cunits? That is the question.

6:44 AM  
Blogger Hahn at Home said...

Also, here in Sacramento, we have the Ban Roll-On Building. http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2400/2441365846_57626b03a2_b.jpg

6:46 AM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Lori, they just deal with saw logs.

7:39 AM  

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