February 13, 2004
Freewayblogging contest

The Scarlet Pimpernel, also known as the Freewayblogger, has a contest going:

This one's easy: Take a piece of cardboard and paint the letters A, W, O, and L on it and affix it securely (duct tape and coathangers work best) to a bush next to your local freeway. Take a picture and send it to us here. Best photo wins a T-Shirt and twenty five bucks.

People who like this sort of thing may find this the sort of thing that they like, so if that's you, knock yourselves out.

UPDATE: Kevin comments that this would be vandalism. I disagree - vandalism is the willful destruction of property that isn't yours. Unless a bush that you attach your sign to dies as a result, I don't think you can be justly accused of vandalism.

Littering is another matter. While I believe littering is generally a lesser offense than vandalism, it's still a crime and a nuisance and thus should not be tolerated, let alone encouraged. So that's a problem.

However, you'll note that the point of this is to take pictures of AWOL signs. So, in order to keep this on the straight and narrow, I propose placing your sign, taking a few pix, then taking the sign down after a short while. You should probably stay near it for the duration of its display, so there's no question that it hasn't been abandoned. Just be sure you're not illegally parked while doing so!

Posted by Charles Kuffner on February 13, 2004 to Blog stuff | TrackBack

Vandalism's great! We should all celebrate it on our blogs!

Posted by: kevin whited on February 13, 2004 1:28 PM

sorry, only homeless people standing by the freeways here.

but at least the miserable crazy bastards have cardboard signs.

Posted by: Laurence Simon on February 13, 2004 1:58 PM

i have another idea for a fun contest! Find a bird, drape a white sheet over it, buy a South Central Commando Ken doll at Toy Nos Son, hang it by the neck next to the bird in the white sheet, take a picture, and mail it to the senior senator from West Virginia! Fun!!

Posted by: abelard on February 13, 2004 8:53 PM