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Thursday, October 11, 2007


Every so often when passing these signs, I regress to my teen years and have this compulsion to place my palm firmly on the wall.

Though the appeal has faded considerably, today was one of those times.

I spent a number of years doing this and learned something very valuable and significant: The MTA uses such fast-drying paint that it's not worth wasting paper on those signs. I reckon they do the painting in the wee hours and post the signs just in case someone actually does come by the minute after they leave. But still... I find it very amusing that out of innumerable handslaps, I never once encountered wet paint in the subway system. The closest I got was a little sticky, but not fresh enough for the paint to transfer. I remember getting so confident at one point that I would just lean right on the wall without hand-testing it first. (I'm not sure if it was a miracle or just the logical result that I never had an undesireable result)

So why am I telling you all this?
What's my point?

(Were you expecting an answer? How should I know?)
Maybe it's so that the next time you absentmindedly lean against a post in the train station only to realize as you're leaving that it says "WET PAINT," you won't waste much time checking your back.
Now this is something else that struck me as funny:

Notice how they painted this little strip of what, when everything around it needs the job more.

And finally, just to put this all into perspective:

(PS: Why, with every time I insert a picture in blogger, does my line spacing throughout the post increase by one line?)


The Dreamer said...

actually, my friend, they forgot to put up a sign once, or maybe it fell down... and my new jacket was forever ruined...

takes talent, though.

bad4shidduchim said...

Same thing happened to someone I know. They put up the sign for lawsuit purposes, prob.

Funny how you call it a "teen" compulsion.


Whoever said this was confined to teens - I still love making a finger print in wet paint - sort of a DNA trail where I've been ;)

halfshared said...

I'll stick to leaving my footprint in the snow. I just love the feel of walking in fresh snow..can't wait!!

Bas~Melech said...

Dreamer -- You're impossible! :P

Shidduch, Smile -- Because I was only into it as a teen. I probably thought I was cool or something...

HS -- Me, too. Unfortunately the snow where I live gets "used" pretty quickly. The good thing is that it's mostly kids doing it, and they probably need it more :)

David_on_the_Lake said...

lol..I'm exactly the same way