Signs of the Times

An abundance of yard signs have popped up in our neighborhood during this pandemic. In past years, you’d mostly see yard signs around election times (which is still true), but these things are ubiquitous now. I guess everyone’s spending more time at home, plus we seem to have a lot to say.

Austin is a liberal place, so it’s no surprise that our yard signs lean left as well. As Rick Perry famously said in 2014: Austin is “the blueberry in the tomato soup – it’s a little different than the rest of the state.” Many versions of these We Believe… signs can be found around the city.

This sign is also popular around town. Many folks have been forced to move to outlying communities because Austin has become an expensive place to live.

Bill and I live in a mostly-friendly neighborhood populated with many people from many places. Just make sure that you pick up your dog’s doodoo, and don’t put the bag in someone else’s trash can.

Sometimes people just need to create their own sign. Artistic talent is helpful.

I’ve read that there is now a Yard Greetings Industry. Catchy business names include Card my Yard, Front Yard Swag, Get Yarded!, and Sign Gypsies. (These are all real businesses.) During the early morning hours, I sometimes see employees from the Yard Greetings Industry setting up fancy displays for birthdays, graduations, and anniversaries.

Even local churches have joined the yard sign craze.

Yep, it seems like everyone’s got a yard sign these days. Here’s the most important sign of 2020, in my opinion.

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