Q Your column last Sunday on "Readers' favorite road signs" was my all-time favorite. It was so funny I had tears streaming down my face and I shook with laughter. My wife saw me and said I had to write to you because your column made me so happy. Last Sunday was Valentine's Day and my wife's birthday, so I have to do as she says. Thank you for some great laughs.
Martin Snitrow, Saratoga
A That column generated almost as many e-mails and calls as columns on red-light runners, carpool cheaters and pious Prius owners combined. So back for an encore "...
Q With all due respect to other funny road signs, I think I've got the winner. While on Interstate 5 heading toward Southern California years ago, I saw a gas station/diner that lured drivers with this sign:
"Kids (With Gas) Eat Free!"
A I hope it wasn't all-you-can-eat.
Q We couldn't believe this sign we saw in Salt Lake City. We just laughed and laughed: "Breast Enhancement! Finally, getting a 'D' is a good thing."
Carol Sampson, Livermore
A Too funny! That was a large billboard for Dr. Heidi, a certified plastic surgeon.
Q I can add a couple more to your favorite signs list: There is a town on Interstate 5 near Portland called "BORING OREGON CITY."
A Boring, Ore.? Why does that ring a bell?
Q When my dad got a scholarship to the University of Oregon, the headline in the local paper read: "Boring Boy Wins Scholarship." I kid you not.
Barbara Metzler, San Jose
A And this is no joke either ...
Q There is another nearby town called Needy, Ore. And when the boy from Boring married the girl from Needy, the headline was ...
A Boring Boy To Wed Needy Girl!
Q One reader mentioned a favorite road sign on Highway 101 that said "It's happening in Soledad." I drove past Soledad once and there was another sign at the 101 exit ramp that said: "Feel the momentum." After seeing the sign, I was very excited and expected Soledad to be a fun, interesting town, but found that there was really nothing happening in Soledad.
Eva Alexander , San Jose
A I hate false advertising.
Q My all-time favorite sign was on southbound Interstate 880 when it was still Highway 17. Just before Highway 101, there was an advisory sign that said "SWERVE," along with suggested routes from a nearby onramp to the 101 interchange.
Sanford Waldow, San Jose
A I take this route many days, and Caltrans needs to bring back the "SWERVE" sign.
Q I could not resist sharing this sign I found near the Sierra Conservation Center off of O'Byrnes Ferry Road in Jamestown. It's possibly the best advice a driver could get: "STATE PRISON DO NOT PICK UP HITCHHIKERS."
A I never do.
Q One of our favorite road signs is posted approaching the famous Arizona sheriff's prison near Florence, Ariz., which states: "WE HAVE VACANCIES."
Chuck and Billie Shinn, San Jose
A The rent is cheap, I hear.
Q Quite a few years ago during a protracted economic downturn not unlike the present, there was a major construction project involving Easy Street in Mountain View. Driving along one night, I was struck by the appropriateness of one sign: "EASY STREET CLOSED."
A It still is today.
Q My favorite road sign was one that used to be on an old ramshackle shed or barn on Highway 101 on the way to San Jose from Morgan Hill. Hand-painted on the side of it was the following: "FIXER-UPPER $100,000." This was back in the late '80s during the real estate heyday, and had a certain poignancy to it.
A What would the price be today?
Q I have a favorite bumper sticker I saw once 30 years ago that has stuck in my head all this time: "PASS WITH CARE, DRIVER CHEWING TOBACCO!"
Mike Marston, San Jose
A And keep your windows up.
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