Monday, June 22, 2009

What the?

So Fraser and I (and Emma) were coming home from Phoenix (see there is something about me and the desert!) and we saw this sign.

What kind of name is that for a street? First of all its in Yuma. How many numbered streets can there be in Yuma? In fact, how many streets can there be there period? Could they really have run out of numbers so that they had to resort to fractions? Really? Could they truly have used up numbers such as Avenue 748? Or Avenue 14337.

So, for arguments sake, lets say they did use up all the numbers, lets just say even, that there is a Yuma law that says they could only go to Avenue 100. Some genius comes up with the great idea to use mixed fractions? Thats the best they could do? What ever happen to giving streets cute names? Like Cactus Court? Desert Drive? Sunnyside Street? Coyote Canyon? Come on! There is the wonderful Zyzzyx Road out there as a living testimony to street naming creativity.

But, lets go with the assumption that 1) the Dept. of Road Naming in Yuma used up all infinite numbers, so, 2) they voted and decided to go with fractions (because they weren't creative enough to use nouns.) Which explains "Avenue 8 1/2" but then,wait for it..... they have tacked on the East designation! Which begs the question: where is Avenue 8 1/2 West . or Avenue 8 1/2 South? We didn't slow down to ask directions to any of the these other streets. We just stayed on the 8 and never looked back. Laughing and talking about the street names till our laughers hurt.

1 comment:

Natalie said...

that was so entertaining! I am going to drive to Yuma just so I can go and see the sign! .... Honestly 1/2... I was thinking maybe the street is really half a street... like only houses on the left or half a city block?!?!?!
I'm coming to SD... I emailed you... would love to get together.