Monday, January 30, 2012

Slogan Contest/West Coast Tour

Just finished up my West Coast Tour, posting 120+ signs between Seattle and San Diego and looking forward to doing it again. This time I'd like to focus on climate change and am asking your help finding the right slogans. Slogans should be short, smart, fit well into a rectangle and look good in traffic. Winner gets a thousand dollars and has their message displayed alongside freeways up and down the west coast. Second and third place winners, if they're good enough for the freeways, will receive 500 and 250 dollars respectively and have their messages posted as well. Original work is preferred but not mandatory, and apart from the right to post them publicly, I will make no claim to winning entries as intellectual property. Send entries to freewayblogger - at - yahoo - dot - com. Deadline for submissions is March 15th.

(Signs posted on latest tour. Click on cities for more.)

Friday, January 27, 2012

Corporations Are Not People in San Diego

"Corporations are people, my friend." -Mitt Romney*

Signs posted January 26th in San Diego and Oceanside.
All quotes by former residents (or current property holders*) of San Diego, California.

"Tough times don't last. Tough people do." -Gregory Peck
"I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy." -Tom Waits
"I have four children, and I want them to grow up in a country that has a working First Amendment." -Frank Zappa
"We either accept weaknesses in good people or we have to tear pages out of the Bible." -Robert Duvall

"Who will save your soul if you won't save your own?" -Jewel

“All sins are forgiven once you start making a lot of money.” -RuPaul

"Fast is fine, but accuracy is everything." -Wyatt Earp

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Orange County, CA

"Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away." -Philip K. Dick

Signs posted along Orange County Freeways
Quotes by former OC residents
"There are times when an abortion is necessary. I know that. When you have a black and a white. Or a rape." -Richard Milhous Nixon
"You're not a star until they can spell your name in Karachi." -Humphrey Bogart
"I stopped believing in Santa Claus when I was six. Mother took me to see him in a department store and he asked for my autograph." -Shirley Temple
"I love Los Angeles... such bon vivance in the face of inevitable doom." -Bette Midler
"I am at peace with God. My conflict is with Man." -Charlie Chaplin
“There’s nothing more embarrassing than to have earned the disfavor of a perceptive animal.” -Michael Chabon

"The principal benefit acting has afforded me is the money to pay for my psychoanalysis." -Marlon Brando
"Occupy exists as the belted command that starts the drum roll which may or may not end in something magnificent. " -Dan O'Mahoney
"A day without sunshine is like... night." -Steve Martin

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Gingrich the Newt

(Signs placed along freeways in LA and Orange counties)
We'd like to set the record straight by singing of the newt
For newts are open-minded; they are flexible and cute
A newt can breathe in water and a newt can breathe on land
And if you are a different critter newts will understand.
Newts are not mean-spirited; they never are unfair.
Newts are not underhanded and are not afraid to share.
Newts do not have bad haircuts because newts are lacking hair.
But the newt called Gingrich drives all true newts to despair.
Gingrich the Newt's a disgrace to the name:
When true newts see him they feel so ashamed.
He's the black sheep of the newt family:
The one rotten fruit on the newt family tree.
Newts don't prey on other newts; in that they don't believe.
And you will never catch a newt with something up his sleeve.
They're tolerant to different environments and so
They don't send little newties to the orphanage to grow.
What kind of newt wears a suit and a tie?
And frightens small children as he rushes by?
But we admit that his suit suits him good...
Much more discreet than a sheet and a hood.
A newt may be cold-blooded but he won't go to extremes.
And you can trust a newt to be exactly what he seems.
Newts are sorry if you're sad; they're happy if you're gay!
But Gingrich is perverse, and worse,
He's proud to be that way.
Gingrich the Newt is puffed up like a toad.
So full of himself that he's bound to explode.
And then we will raise up our tails in salute...
A fitting tribute
To that horse's patoot:
Gingrich the Newt.

Monday, January 23, 2012


Corporation: An ingenious device for obtaining individual profit without individual responsibility.

Signs posted Jan. 18th by Freewayblogger.
Definitions from The Devil's Dictionary.

Politics: A strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles. The conduct of public affairs for private advantage.
Liberty: One of imagination's most precious possessions.
Education: That which discloses to the wise and disguises from the foolish their lack of understanding.
Christian: One who believes that the New Testament is a divinely inspired book admirably suited to the spiritual needs of his neighbor.
Patience: A minor form of despair, disguised as a virtue.
Religion: A daughter of Hope and Fear, explaining to Ignorance the nature of the Unknowable.

Once: Enough.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Sacramento, California

“That's all we have, finally, the words, and they had better be the right ones.” -Raymond Carver

Signs placed over and next to Sacramento Freeways.
Quotations by residents of Sacramento.
Freedom is the right to question and change the established way of doing things." -Ronald Reagan
"You can't depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus." -Mark Twain
“The trouble with born-again Christians is that they are an even bigger pain the second time around.” -Herb Caen

(The signs above and below were posted by simply squeezing the cardboard in between the fencing and the rail: takes about four seconds.
And they're practically invisible from the walkway.)
“California is a place in which a boom mentality and a sense of Chekhovian loss meet in uneasy suspension; in which the mind is troubled by some buried but ineradicable suspicion that things better work here, because here, beneath the immense bleached sky, is where we run out of continent.” -Joan Didion
"We are not disorganized. We have a campaign that transcends organization" -Jerry Brown