Q For many years alongside Interstate 880 in San Leandro just north of Washington Avenue was a sign that said: "STOP CASTING POROSITY." It was an advertisement for a product used to seal cast-iron pipes, but for years I thought it was some sort of political statement. I'd sometimes throw my fist in the air while driving by and yell, "Right on!"
Mike Kahn, Hayward
A I liked this one, too, and it was the favorite of many readers when I asked to list their favorite roadside signs. Coming in at No. 2 wasn't a sign, though. "...
Q My favorite wasn't a road sign, but the fake CHP car that used to be sitting on the summit off Highway 17. I found it humorous and miss it. ... I think they removed it due to vandalism, but it did make you slow down.
Ed King, Mark Adams and more
A Staying on 17 ...
Q My favorite roadside sign was posted several years ago and gone the next day. It was written on a large piece of cardboard and strapped underneath the huge radar speed sign at the summit of southbound Highway 17.
"HI SCORE: 112."
Peter McClure, Santa Cruz
A I hope not!
Q My favorite sign was the big Caltrans message board on the Sunol Grade along downhill Interstate 680 by the CHP weigh station:
"HANDS FREE. IT'S THE LAW."
So I stuck my hands straight up through the sunroof like you do on the downhill side of a roller coaster and yelled "WHEEEE-E-E-E-E-E!" Well, it said, "IT'S THE LAW."
A I would love to have seen this.
Q This was a sign on Interstate 5 at the entrance to a rest stop in the middle of the long downgrade entering southern Oregon:
"BRAKELESS TRUCKS MUST BYPASS REST AREA."
Larry Koepke, San Jose
A I would hope so.
Q Driving south on I-5 past the Oregon border is a huge billboard that says "Enjoy Weed" — meaning the city. I couldn't believe my eyes.
A An online chat person said an octogenarian member of her church made the mistake of wearing an "Enjoy Weed" souvenir T-shirt on a weekend in Las Vegas and got a lot of kids saying, "Rock on, Grandma!"
Q I saw my favorite sign on a visit back in Pennsylvania near several stop signs. Sure wish they were out here.
"COMPLETE STOPS FREE
ROLLING STOPS $108
Carol Hanson, San Jose
A We have our own variations....
Q I love this sign in Redwood City near Arguello Street:
Linda Shepherd, Los Altos
A And ...
Q I have a favorite parking sign at a preschool on The Alameda near Park Avenue, advising:
"CARS MAY BE FINGERPAINTED."
A I bet this one brings a smile to many faces.
Q I like the signs on Shell gas stations, when the lighted "S" goes out.
A A favorite gassing-up place for the Hells Angels, maybe?
Q My favorite road signs are of frogs, maybe 6 or so, along Interstate 80 near Davis. I believe they are for a real estate agency, but I just love the frogs. The last time I went there weren't as many of them. Made me sad.
Suzanne Willis, Santa Cruz
A No longer jumping for joy, eh?
Q On I-880 in Hayward there used to be a sign saying:
"A STREET DOWNTOWN."
I always got a chuckle out of that one.
Harold Hall, San Jose
A As did I.
Q My all-time favorites are the billboards and truck ads for Clover Milk. Their advertising department is so consistent with Clo, the Clover cow, and always giving perfect one-liners. The latest as you exit Petaluma on 101 is yet another classic. Clo has a big smile on her face with the caption:
MILK MY DAY."
Jone Manoogian, Palo Alto
A Can't moo, er, boo, that one.
Q The best sign is on 101:
It kills me every time I pass it. ... I've been wondering all these years what's happening in Soledad.
Mike Dominick and Ted Williams
A Me, too.
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