Aug 6, 2017

The $10,000 SIGN

At the intersection of Touchton & Southside
in Jacksonville, Florida 


After church today, on the way home, I'm making a left turn from Southside Blvd. onto Touchton Road and this bright yellow sign comes into view, the earnest block letters so orderly announcing a call for income, a call for ten grand to be earned every 2 weeks. 

If you worked 40 hours each week, the pay $125 per hour, not bad. 

The yellow sign was a few feet from the driver window of my car and the red light was long, very very long. My brain immediately went to it's very comfortable go to place, reflection, possibility, ideation, wonder. 

The yellow caught my attention, the patience of the block letters, the amount of possible income, and the sevens.... 904 297 0797. Seven has always been a number that's caught my attention, always. And the green grass.  Recently we've had lots of rain in Jacksonville, the grass is bright green everywhere.  

Touchton and Southside is a busy intersection, of the thousands of drivers that will pass this bright yellow announcement, how many will see it, how many will drive by and never notice and never think about it and never go home and write about it.  I'm curious as to what % of people see things like this, vs. the % that don't. 

My mind craves details and it's wired to see, to see close up, to see far away, up, down, sideways, always scanning, looking for, recording details, colors, patterns, structures, numbers, sounds, escape routes, it's always been this way. 

The grassy area where the sign is posted, certainly a metaphor for the possibilities, maybe ? What could you really do from home and make $10,000 every 2 weeks.  While the sign certainly caught my eye, I'm also the type of person that would never ever make the call. NEVER. 

My mind also goes to places of great caution. I think immediately this is a trap. If I call my phone number will be recorded and traced and saved in a database and somehow someone will find me.  I'm not making this up. It's always been like this. I imagine and always plan a contingency.  Certainly I've watched way too many crime stories in my life and had 2 significant dog encounters. 

The $10,000 sign also took me back to the check out line at Publix yesterday. I was there for a few things, unsweetened almond vanilla milk for my pretend coffee, fresh celery for Maddie & Morgan, parmesan cheese for my zucchini zoodles spaghetti later this week and water.  At register # 6 I was inline  behind a Mom and her 3 small children, their grocery basket filled completely, stuffed like a carry on suitcase that should've been checked. 

As soon as I saw the jammed, piled up high contents in the basket, I knew the checkout would be time consuming and interesting. 

And I loved watching. 

I smiled at the kids, said hello to the 3 or 4 year old little girl sitting in the basket seat while MOM worked getting the items onto the belt that moved them to the checker.  The order was divided into three separate tabs, the cash tab, the tab with 1 credit card and the tab with a 2nd credit card. Her last total was $77 + dollars and she got the total down to $39 dollars and change with coupons. I almost started cheering her on. Even though it took her about 10 minutes to get all the coupons out to hand to the checker, I was happy that she was able to save so much $$.  

Her largest volume purchase, 6 loaves of wheat bread and 4 large packages of processed American cheese slices, the kind of slices that are individually wrapped in plastic. To go with the grilled cheese sandwiches that I'm sure she makes for the kids, she bought at least 20 or 30 small fruit cocktail cans.  

The $10,000 sign also took me to the Grass Not Being Greener on the Other Side quote. I wondered who that quote was attributed to... the color of the green grass made me think of these words.  I looked it up and according to the internet, the quote is attributed to Erma Bombeck.  

There are countless articles, editorials, posts, studies, books, everything you can imagine written about the actual location of where the grass is actually greener and why.  One article attributes the whole idea of the grass being greener to an American song, The Grass is Greener in the Other Fellow's Yard, by Raymond B. Egan and Richard A. Whiting published in 1924. Below is the chorus. 

The grass is always greener
In the other fellow’s yard.
The little row
We have to hoe,
Oh boy that’s hard.
But if we all could wear
Green glasses now,
It wouldn’t be so hard
To see how green the grass is
In our own back yard.

So yes, 2 minutes at a stoplight today, and there you go.  Hope you are having a wonderful Sunday.