You know how, even though you dont need to read every sign, you generally know what they say, because youre so accustomed to the shape of the words? Or used to assuming what they say, because of where they are, so you dont actually have to read them. You just note something is there, and then your brain fills in the rest?
Because you know a short word next to a long word painted on a garage door will say NO PARKING, or that letters in red in the middle of a road way theyll probbaly say No Entry, that kind of thing.
Well, there was a sign on a garage door that was driving me nuts – just a few roads away from our house – and I went past it on a bus a few times and, out of the corner of my eye, could see there were lots of words on the door, words that my brain couldnt rearrange into any shape they knew. But then Id forget to look out for it at the right point the next time, and the same thing would happen again and again and again.
Anyway, after a few weeks, I saw it, and remembered it instantly, because it was phrased really oddly and it took me a couple of seconds to work out why. It said (almost exactly this, I think)
Old warehouse driveway
Car is missing! What happened?
The sound of towing.
Yes. Someone has written a bloody haiku to explain that if you block their access, theyll get your car removed.
Oh San Francisco.
You are so very random.
And also awesome.