Words of Wisdom


The autobody shop marquee at Turk and Larkin has long been a site of philosophical pearls of wisdom – sometimes funny, sometimes poignant. I used to work in the neighborhood, and looked forward to seeing the phrases change on a regular basis, so I knew that there’d be something of note when I walked past tonight, on my way home from LitCrawl.

I don’t know who or what the catalyst is for coming up with these displays – but I have a warm spot in my heart for whomever is responsible. Good will presented on a billboard, who’da thunk it?

5 Comments so far

  1. Jonathan (unregistered) on October 15th, 2006 @ 2:01 am

    Prithee, do tell if someone ever finds out who picks these. They’ve been consistently good over the years, and I’d be more than interested to learn who’s behind them.

  2. S (unregistered) on October 15th, 2006 @ 7:32 am

    when the billboard displays a question who fields the anwers? sure, they’re rhetorical, but I bet some passerbys have answers they would share with the nearest clerk of agent associated with the billboard. wouldn’t it be interesting to hear the answers they hear?

  3. Nancy (unregistered) on October 15th, 2006 @ 12:06 pm

    Wouldn’t it be great if there was a phone number that you could call or text message billboard replies to, that would then assemble and display the responses? Now there’s a social experiment waiting to happen…

  4. ex-texan (unregistered) on October 15th, 2006 @ 4:14 pm

    In more religious cities, this sort of thing is the exclusive provenance of baptist churches.

  5. Nancy (unregistered) on October 15th, 2006 @ 5:17 pm

    Ah, YES! I recall the illuminated signboards in the towns outside of Houston, they were a sort of preview/teaser for the Sunday sermon, a sort of “coming conflagrations” of the brimstone variety.

    Which brings up a good question: does this local billboard push morality, sans the religious doctrine references of it’s BibleBelt cousins, or is this a sway towards an affirmation of humanism/ethics?

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