Sunday, April 29, 2007


The PlEASE in this sign found on the bathroom door at Café Viva on the Upper West Side of Manhattan isn't as confusing as others on this blog, but it's still no excuse for using a lowercase L when an uppercase L clearly would have made more sense.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Half Off SAlE

There's a Starbucks at every corner, but this broken wooden block letter SAlE sign is a rare treat. The lower leg of the capital L broke in just the right place to make it look like an uppercase i.

Funny story, as I was taking this photo outside the Starbucks on 7th Ave. here in Park Slope, Brooklyn, a young employee came rushing out, waving his hand in front of my camera, "Sir, you can't take photos of the store!" I thought he was joking, but he wasn't. Even after I pointed out that I was on a public sidewalk and could take a photo of anything I saw, he insisted that it was store policy to not allow photos inside or outside Starbucks. It was a slow day, so I told him to prove this obscure policy to me. He went inside to get the manager while I waited outside. When he came back out, sans manager, he scowled, "The manager is too busy, it's your lucky day."

It was my lucky day ... My first wooden lowercase L block letter!