Ever drive by a scene and just burst out with a simple “Ha!” because of the irony of it all?
That’s what happened to me a few days ago. I drove by this scene on College Blvd., just south of the 78 Freeway in Carlsbad/Oceanside, CA. I saw the same scene the next day, riding with my daughter, and she commented: Now there’s good advertising!” Then yesterday, I saw the same scene, and remembered I had my camera in the trunk, so I pulled around and parked, walked up to this gentleman and said, “I want to ask your permission to take your picture, because I think this is very funny.”
A big smile broke across his face as he said “Sure! I was wondering if anyone was ever going to say anything.”
I took his picture and then told him to look for it on my blog tomorrow. I promised not to make fun of him… that I was only going to label it Irony and let people make up their own minds.
He stuck out his hand to shake mine, and introduced himself as “Dave. Dave Smith.” He also said he didn’t want his picture on any kind of inappropriate site. I assured him that it would not, and appreciated his concern.
He told me he was doing this as a favor for his buddy who owns or works at the business—I don’t remember which. He was there to get people to look into this little shopping center that they drive by everyday and to notice the little hidden shop.
Another irony: It’s right next to a donut shop. You’d think I would have known about it already.