Much has been made of the recent political campaign sign chaos. Combined with the usual We Buy Homes, I Fix Brakes and we are having a Yard Sale , this was the perfect storm (will this expression never end?) of signage carnage. Not to mention the raging inferno of the court battles lending us these instant classic headlines: 10 Signs 10 Trips to Court, City Zoning Inspector's Car Windows Smashed . The horror.

Before the next swathing of fences and roadside attractions with the next round of sign carnage, please bear with me as I add my say...I am now the proud owner of several HUGE-assed signs by three of the classic offenders, Martin Heinrich, Bob Schwartz, and Michael Padilla. They are well constructed (and did I mention HUGE?). I will put them to good use.

These three good men (or their troops) posted their signage(s) directly onto our private property without bothering to make a simple phone call to our business or send an email or what have you. As a business owner, I am happy to support the election process and will happily display signage(s) for persons or parties I believe in (and they will be seen by thousands daily at our front-and-center business location). We went so far as to host a rally for a certain presidential candidate early on that was attended by our neighboring state's Governor.

I have nothing against Messieurs: Heinrick, Padilla, or Schwartz, but a lot of the CARNAGE of SIGNAGE could be avoided with candidates/crews taking the time to ask permission of business owners, land owners, renters before the willy-nilly placing of expensively HUGE signs or even the few billion teensy weensy signs all over the place.

By the way, WHO is that guy who can FIX BRAKES?

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Tags: heinrich, padilla, politics, schwartz, signage

Comment by Mi3ke on June 30, 2008 at 10:43pm
After every election cycle, myself and a friend head out in her truck and we pick up as many signs as possible from the streets. Not only does it clean the place up, but I can reuse the sign material for the next campaign I work on. (sign hangers don't come cheap) and the left over signs have been repaint to use for yard sales and anti-Bush diatribes. That and I built a dog fence from leftovers last year. I liked the "Imagine" campaign a couple years back for the road bond tax vote. I was able to change "Imagine Bike Trails" to "Imagine Happy Pants" for a Three Sided Whole event. (as an example). So as long as the candidates put signs up, I will take them down and reuse them. Just ask for permission first to put them up.

Cheers,mi3ke
Comment by bg on July 1, 2008 at 8:09am
Some years back Heather Wilson's people put up a huge sign on a property I owned. I called them immediately and told them they did not have my permission. They came pretty fast and got it offa there.
Comment by mombat on July 1, 2008 at 9:12am
We helped a friend re-roof a shed a few years ago and it was like a history of South Valley politics. Like Mi3ke, they had used the good plywood signs.
Comment by Don Quixote on July 1, 2008 at 12:49pm
Those corrugated plastic signs..if you strip off the lettering....make nice greenhouse panels. Heh.
Comment by Jeff Hartzer on July 1, 2008 at 9:10pm
Cheers to real re-cycling!
I have used smaller signs to create a 'bunny composting machine'...by having a flat dry'floor' to our feeding zone in BunnytownUSA, I can easily scarpe up dry pellets or use in the garden. The signs are easily cut into shape and way cheaper than 'concrete board etc...and the next millennium will be here before they rot.
Comment by LaGuera on July 2, 2008 at 9:54am
Oh! What a good idea! Ideas! I am now the proud owner of the Hen Crib. I took an unusable, unsafe baby crib and put horizontal slats on it and a tin roof, added a nesting box and a roost, and viola! Hen Crib. Now I can probably make use of those signs too!

Jeff, are bunnies for just being bunnies or are they "eating rabbits?" No offense, just asking. . .
Comment by Jeff Hartzer on July 5, 2008 at 9:36am
Bunnytown Bunnies are for adoption only...though our neighbors often comment on the delicious plumpness of them.

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