Sunday, September 19, 2010

Life in Oakland

Friend or Food?

Coming up roses - The original sign had been placed on the lawn before the vote in November 2008, Prop 8 was struck down in court on August 4 of this year.

Now THIS is perverse...sign in the window of Weight Watchers (KFC may have topped them by jumping on the pink ribbon bandwagon a few months back, apparently the Colonel Cares).

Vienna in Oakland...

This post is for Nature's Whispers Sharing Treasures (although possibly these are oddities rather than treasures).

20 comments:

Megan said...

I miss visiting my great-aunt in Oakland. She moved up into the Sierras when she retired and although her "retreat" as she calls it is very beautiful, I REALLY miss the Oakland house...and the journey through town to get there...

ArtSparker said...

What part of town did your Aunt live in? I'm near the Lake.

Celeste Bergin said...

ironic weight watchers sign...how do you pronounce pfost?

ArtSparker said...

Celeste, to me the Weight Watchers poster is well beyond irony into the territory of...oblivious, self-congratulatory hypocrisy, or something.

Jessie said...

Hahaha! I like your signs, especially the weight watchers one! x

Totalfeckineejit said...

curiouser and curiouser!Though , perhaps, it should be more curious?

Harnett-Hargrove said...

Interesting finds. It fits the challenge. -J

Charles Gramlich said...

My first thought was "sharks"

Eva said...

Have to think deeply to find out about the life style over there.

Clowncar said...

pfabulous.

mouse (aka kimy) said...

is the p silent or the f? or do they work in unison to sound like b?

most excellent collection of signs

oh i love what you wrote in your comment about fall on the mouse today, it is spot on!

ArtSparker said...

Thanks, Mouse -- I believe in German the P and the F would both be pronounced, and it would be a long "O" sound. If Eva sees this, perhaps she will care to comment...

Jasmine said...

Great signs. I have a special love of signs, literal and ambiguous meanings, my family had a sign writing company for nearly 40 years. I also love subvertise. Thank you so much for joining in the linky prompt :)

grrl + dog said...

dont get me started on

the pinkwash bandwagoning that companies do.

Thankfully it'd fairly transparent to all.

Candace said...

T was in Oakland for a while and I've heard all sorts of storyland tales about it. Really enjoyed this post, perversity to oddity to beyond! Maybe the weightwatchers give the food they don't eat to folks who can't for whatever reason -- you think? nahhhh...

Candace, Still in Athens.

notmassproduced said...

great signs (that wightwatchers one cracked me up)

Titus said...

Oddities and Treasures, for sure.
The Weight Watchers one requires so much pondering I'm going to have to sleep on it. And I long to consult the good doctor, for surely he is good with a nameplate like that.

Tomás Serrano said...

Great Dr. Pfost! Perfect for a movie.
Robin Williams?

Megan said...

Underhills Road.

AJ "Rohzi" Ellington said...

:-)

I wish my life were full of finds like these. I don't think I'd internally complain about my life nearly as much if it were filled with oddities on a regular basis.

"Pfost" made me grin... genuinely. Sounds like a potential name I could place in a [future] novel of mine.