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toddmc


Jan 17, 2007, 2:48 PM

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A Very Strange Sign!

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I was originally going to call this post "I AM DUMB?"
But that might be too dangerous to do on a forum with Bubba!

Driving out of Morelia I came across this sign, and after almost rear ending the car in front of me. I knew that I had to get a picture to share.

A picture of the sign is attached below or you can see it on my blog.
http://lifeinthecorazon.blogspot.com/2007/01/i-am-dumb.html


Todd


(This post was edited by toddmc on Oct 11, 2007, 8:44 AM)
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arbon

Jan 17, 2007, 6:25 PM

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What about all the road signs in Michoacán with a knife, fork, and spoon, and when you stop to eat, they only have forks or spoons?
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raferguson


Jan 17, 2007, 7:36 PM

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Instituto Municipal Desarollo Urbana de Morelia.
or
Municipal Institute of Urban Development of Morelia.

http://www.morelia.gob.mx/..._noticia.php?id=1441

I hope that I did not spoil the joke.

Richard


http://www.fergusonsculpture.com


Bubba

Jan 17, 2007, 8:13 PM

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Actually, Todd, that reminds me of the old billboards one used to see driving into Guadalajara which read:

"BIENVENIDOS BIMBO"

They´re gone now. Too bad.


(This post was edited by Bubba on Jan 17, 2007, 8:15 PM)


Ed and Fran

Jan 18, 2007, 6:18 AM

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Bubba's post reminds me that our use of the word 'bimbo' north of the Rio Bravo is very different from the use of the word down here. During my first project in Mexico, the wife of an expat aquaintance (who worked for another company) used to refer to the young secretaries at his office as the "bimbettes".


But to get back to the topic of strange/dumb signs, I'll relate another memory from that first assignment. We lived in DF, and there was a park near the house which was maintained in pretty good shape. They had signs every where saying 'No pise el pasto". Because I was still learning Spanish, I was still unaware of the use of the subjunctive in commands, and I would jokingly translate that as "Don't pee on the spaghetti".*


Regards

Ed (* Yeah I knew it meant "Don't walk on the grass'.)


arbon

Jan 18, 2007, 7:38 AM

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"Don't walk on the grass"

But can you run, skip, and dance, on the grass?
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bfwpdx

Jan 18, 2007, 7:48 AM

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You know, this sign is quite tame compared to one I saw driving a back route from Astoria to Portland Oregon, at a small gas station and cafe. In HUGE neon block lettering, it said;

EAT AND GET GAS

I rather liked that one!


alex .

Jan 18, 2007, 10:25 AM

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A fella once told me that its not permitted to change a flat on the highway : No TIRE Basura.
Alex


sfmacaws


Jan 18, 2007, 1:18 PM

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You're kidding? All this time I thought that sign meant "don't piss on the lawn".

Heh!


Jonna - Mérida, Yucatán




Bloviator

Jan 18, 2007, 1:25 PM

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I can't remember the exact wording, but can anyone explain what is meant by CONCEDE LA CAMBIA DE LUCES (or something similar) I assume it means either lower your lights for oncoming traffic or get the hell out of the way for 160 kpm Jettas bearing down on your butt.

Incidentally, is it a national law that Jettas can only be driven at speeds exceeding 159 kpm and that they are required to pass everything else on the road. I drive fairly fast, but have only passed one Jetta in my whole career on the autopistas. I'm sure it was driven by an abuela taking her nieto's car out for a spin.


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MazDee

Jan 18, 2007, 6:15 PM

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Bubba, I have been seeing Bimbo bread here since my first trip in the 60s. "Bimbo" US style was not in my vocabulary then. I always figured the US got the term from that bread. White, fluffy, full of air.


sfmacaws


Jan 18, 2007, 6:32 PM

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I can't remember the exact wording, but can anyone explain what is meant by CONCEDE LA CAMBIA DE LUCES


It means don't get into those pissing matches (hmmm, all my posts lately seem to have this word in them) about who's going to be first to lower their high beams. Of course, as with most signs, it is ignored. So, the dept of mexican highway signs would like you to change your high beams to low beams without waiting to see who will flinch first.


Jonna - Mérida, Yucatán




esperanza

Jan 18, 2007, 6:45 PM

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Here's a clothing store sign in San Cristóbal de las Casas. The name of the store is Big Toe. Prendas de la moda means 'stylish clothing'.



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Bubba

Jan 18, 2007, 7:21 PM

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I believe it was Esperanza who told us about the Guadalajara eatery MARISCOS Y SEXO which is a seafood joint and porn shop. Why is that strangely unappetizing?


arbon

Jan 18, 2007, 7:32 PM

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Well maybe you eat shellfish with your eyes closed, and hold your nose.

How would cold water fish eaters, know what gos on in the mind of warm water fish eaters?
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(This post was edited by arbon on Jan 18, 2007, 7:37 PM)


esperanza

Jan 18, 2007, 10:08 PM

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Ah yes, Sex Shop y Mariscos--seafood in the little restaurant in front, porn in the back room. Another side of Guadalajara...



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db52

Jan 19, 2007, 5:45 AM

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I don't think I posted it correctly, but I've got a picture of the "Kike Burger" restaurant in Campeche. (In bad taste, I know)


esperanza

Jan 19, 2007, 5:55 AM

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You know that Kike is the nickname for Enrique? Pronounced KEE-kay?

Any other implied meaning of the word does not belong on this board. Bad taste does not begin to approach the level of offense you suggest.

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alex .

Jan 19, 2007, 8:13 AM

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Yea, dim the lights. But, as you say, the situation evolves to TWO blinded drivers approaching each other, pretty smart.

I'll be sure to snap a photo of a twisted, bent, rusted, shot up, graffitied sign that reads: NO MALTRATE LOS SENALES.

Alex


(This post was edited by alex . on Jan 19, 2007, 8:19 AM)


db52

Jan 19, 2007, 8:37 AM

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Then there are "Prohidido tirar basura en este lugar" (with trash piled all around) or "No al Graffiti" spray-painted on walls.


Bubba

Jan 19, 2007, 10:36 AM

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Ah yes, Alex:

I love the "Don´t Mistreat the Signs" signs following the "Obey The Signs" signs and "The Signs are for Your Protection" signs and the hilarious "Radar in Operation" signs and the (loosely translated) "Your Family Would Appreciate it if You Would Slow Down and Not Kill Them" signs and my all time favorite:

TADA:

"Yield to Vehicles With No Brakes" sign, a favorite on autopistas screaming down canyons with that red line in the left lane and, of course, the toll booth at the bottom just after the impossible looking .truck escape lane crosses the right lane where I imagine a huge semi roaring down at 200 kilometers and hour on its way to oblivion as it smashes into the toll booth sideways while you wait for your change which you are about to not ever need again. Well, Duh!

I also love the placement of huge boulders in traffic lanes on major thoroughfares to induce you to respect the upcoming traffic diversion.


toddmc


Jan 20, 2007, 5:33 AM

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Wouldn't that make this a Prawnography store???????

Sorry, couldn't resist.





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Ah yes, Sex Shop y Mariscos--seafood in the little restaurant in front, porn in the back room. Another side of Guadalajara...




esperanza

Jan 20, 2007, 6:12 AM

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Very clever, very clever. Great to start the day with a laugh, thanks.

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tonyburton


Jan 20, 2007, 8:04 AM

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Priceless!
Keep the witty, light-hearted comments coming!!!


lajollamis


Jan 21, 2007, 10:44 AM

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Good one Todd!

I think this is the first time I have ever laughed out loud, loudly, in earnest, while veiwing the posts on MexConnected.

Great to know you guys have a great sense of humor!

Mary Lou (a.k.a. Maria Luz)
Live life well!!!
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