warning: boobs ahead.??!

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courtesy of searunner.sv-timemachine.net

Another one of my favorite signs in Mexico were the speed bump signs or topes.! Literally, the first time, I saw this sign all I could think of was “warning – boobs ahead”.! What.?! And it wasn’t just me, other expats and tourists thought the same thing.! Maybe, all of us secretly have dirty minds 😉 But seriously, to not heed this sign as a driver can be painful.! Going over the topes at full speed will jolt you, your passengers, and your car.! Possibly giving you whiplash or making you throw up in the process.! Or you might decide at the last minute to brake urgently causing vomiting at best and a car crash at worst.!

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courtesy of everythingplayadelcarmen.com

Topes signs can be found showing only two bumps as in the photo at the top of ths post. Or they can be found with three bumps as in the photo directly above. I like to call this one the “Total Recalltopes sign because it reminds me of the scene where Arnold’s character meets the prostitute with three boobs.! Of course, no such exciting speed bump signs exist in Chicago. Please note the very serious, innocuous, and bland speed bump sign found in a typical Chicago neighborhood.! Yawn… Even Mexico’s signs are more exciting and colorful.!

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courtesy of rachelleb.com

what a difference a sign makes…

translation - pick up your dog's waste

translation – pick up your dog’s waste

When I lived in Mexico, the above sign was posted everywhere. But since I didn’t have a dog, I pretty much ignored the signage. Until one night, I was out drinking with two of my friends who were also my neighbors. On our walk home, we were laughing loudly and discussing the evening’s events when one of us noticed the picturesque quality of the curb your dog signage in our neighborhood.!

I took a picture there and then and posted it almost immediately on Facebook. My co-conspirators that evening even made the following comments because it had left such a lasting impression on us.!

My friend P.T.’s Facebook comment – “I mean, why does it have to be so graphic??”

My friend C.K.’s Facebook comment – “No shit!! Haha no pun intended”

And therein lies the question. Why did it have to be so graphic.? There are always so many interesting cultural differences between countries. But signs seem to take on an almost otherwordly dimension. I was reading one of my favorite expat bloggers today from Italy and she showcased a sign in Florence depicting a man and a woman peeing to indicate where the restrooms were located.! lol.. Wow.!

So I guess, a dog and his poop should not surprise me on a sign. But in comparison to the very mild and almost Mary Poppins’ signage from Chicago (see photo below), it was a little eye-opening to say the least. But at least we had a good laugh that evening. And now I would know exactly what to do about my dog and his poop if I had one in Mexico 🙂

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courtesy of moongirlproductions.blogspot.com

Dos Equis veinte

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courtesy of dosequis.com

It’s Labor Day here in the United States.! The holiday celebrates the American Labor Movement which supports the social and economic achievements of American workers. It also marks the end of summer here in the states as most children return to school or have already returned to school. Family BBQs, last minute weekend vacations, and preparing for the coming school year are usual activities.!

I’ve had a lovely weekend spending time with family and friends.! I spent a fantastic dinner with a former co-worker and had lunch with my dad.!! Tonight, I’m having dinner with a dear friend 🙂 I’m super-psyched.!! I also can’t wait to see how my luck improves this week. It’s slowly been improving since last month. Yay.! In Dos Equis’ commercial this week, The Most Interesting Man in the World offers us his opinion on Lady Luck.! Enjoy.! Y salud..!!