When I’m out riding down the road and I see a caution sign, they still grab my attention, after-all that’s what they’re suppose to do right? Caution means to watch out or be careful. Somebody puts it there to warn people that something ahead is going on or about to happen. Then I noticed what the rest of the sign said and it caught me off guard. I have seen a lot of signs in my travels but never one like this?
So my question was, who is the sign meant for… me or them? If I am to use caution… what type of caution should I use and to what extent? Or is this sign merely cautioning the psychologically challenged of the “Next 1/4 Mile” ahead? Hmmm… Sometimes signs can be confusing? This sign really made me think… It’s just a path, a trail, and I’m on a bike for Pete’s sake.
Pedaling down the path for the next 1/4 mile I began to wonder (using caution of course) what am I expecting to see or to happen? For a moment there, I thought I heard a banjo start playing the theme song from Deliverance and instinctively I started to pedal faster ensuring my wife that everything was just fine as I blew quickly past her on the bike trail.
At this point I began wondering if the hair raising up on the back of my neck and arms was self inflicted by my own imagination, or if there was possibly some instance of instinct that was starting to take over my mind, body, and bicycle. Then it hit me like a brick in the head…. I imagined the absolute worst thought of all… was it possible that I WAS THE MENTAL PATIENT the sign was referring to, OMG!!
Still today, I do not know what this sign meant… Did it mean to slow down or speed up? :-O
to give warning to; advise or urge to take heed.
alertness and prudence in a hazardous situation; care;
wariness: Landslides ahead—proceed with caution.
a warning against danger or evil; anything serving as a warning:
Some other favorite “SIGN” quotes:
The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.
When your friends begin to flatter you on how young you look, it’s a sure sign you’re getting old.