Company, I can only assume that by now you know that I am a little bit strange in my own sort of way. I am not out of left field as such, I am more like when the shortstop is stationed way behind second, like in very shallow left field. That is sort of where I come from. All that being said, there are some things that make me laugh my ass off that are just kind of retarded, and one of those things is when they spell the name of a community wrong on a new water tower.
Wait, what? Let me explain. When communities build new water towers, they usually a.) paint them a light color to reflect the sun and b.) paint something to look at on them. Sometimes it is a logo or something like that, but usually it is just the name of a town. Sometimes, however, there is a problem with all that stuff. Like for instance, they often begin at the end of the word, and I went through a town called Sussex one day and they were only halfway done, starting from the right. Get it? THE TOWER SAID "SEX!" That was hilarious for a then teenager. But most of the time it is just a matter of them spelling something wrong.
This makes me laugh my ass off. For instance, when your town is names "Smithville" and the painter steps back after a long, hard day at work, and he looks up and the tower says "Smihville." I laugh all the way to the bank. When I see a story about something like that on the television or in the newspaper, I get excited. I say stupid things like "Oh man, that's hilarious. That's not how you spell that town's name!" And I giggle. Giggle like a schoolgirl backstage with Billy Idol. I don't know what that was supposed to mean, sorry about that.
But anyway, I love it when that happens because it seems to me like such a simple thing to get right, but I suppose that once you get up there on that scaffold and your nose is to the tank, it's not so easy. A six foot high word is easy to read from the ground or from the interstate but when you are standing two feet away from it it is a different story. The "t" in Smithville - excuse me, Smihville - is just going to be black. Unless of course you supposed to be painting the word in blue or hot pink or green or something. In that case it should be blue or hot pink or green. Or magenta.
So I guess I understand, and it really isn't a big deal. If the letter is near the end of the word, then it is an easy fix. If it the "C" in "Grover's Corners" then it might be a little more complicated, but in the end it all comes down to repainting. Yes, it might take a little longer, and yes it might cost the painting company a little more, but hey, that's the cost of doing business, and it happens. No one really gets hurt in the end, so it is a laugh that is clean on my conscience. I hope it happens again soon.