Originally posted March 1995. Added notes in italics in November 2001.
There's a sign somewhere that used to say something that it doesn't say anymore.
These pictures may look a little goofy. The scanner I was using scanned the colors much too dark; I tried modifying the colors in Photoshop. It kinda sorta worked, as far as I can tell. They're better than the originals, anyway.
The detailed account--full description of what I did and when I did it
About five miles outside of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, there's a big wooden sign with replacable letters. As of mid-1996, it was no longer used, but before then, it was invariably used for those "inspirational pun" sort of sayings. Like "doing good turns doesn't make you dizzy".
It's sitting on farmland. There aren't any street lights, so at nighttime, you can't see anything. It's pretty isolated. So I'm thinking to myself: hey, I have some possiblities here. Why not rearrange the letters some night, like, two in the morning?
But I stink at anagrams. But then, there's plenty of bright people out there in InternetLand, so why not ask them? Their mission: Rearrange the current saying on the sign: SWALLOW YOUR PRIDE OCCASIONALLY / IT'S NON-FATTENING
Eleven people sent 37 different anagrams.
I took a picture of the sign around 4pm on Friday, so I'd have a "before" picture.
The prizes were awarded from the t-shirts I used to sell.
And then, the next day, something happened that I can't explain.