Watch the Road: Venice Boulevard, Los Angeles May 18, 2006 / Neil Kramer / 43 Comments A Year Ago on Citizen of the Month: Passing the Bar Mitzvah Share this:FacebookTwitterMoreEmailPrintRedditLinkedIn Los Angeles Los AngelessignsVenice Boulevard Previous post Clock and Crow Next post The Buddy System 42 Comments elle May 18, 2006 at 11:35 pm Hmmmmmmm. Maybe it should say, “Stop reading this sign and watch the road, duh!” Reply ChickyBabe May 18, 2006 at 11:44 pm Do they have giants in LA? Reply jackt May 19, 2006 at 12:16 am It’s positioned to be at eye level for drivers of Ford’s new SuperGiantExpialidition V-24. Reply SpiritOfOwl May 19, 2006 at 1:08 am Wow, you’ve sold a TV show right? You’ve been Lost, you’ve slain with Buffy, you’ve totally swanked about with Dallas – NOW… watch: The Road (an Ochka production). Reply Fitèna May 19, 2006 at 2:26 am lol! Its like a French show I watch whose presentor tells you to switch off the Tv and go have some normal activities. this ets you laughing and you sit and watch the rest. At least it can be seen from far. Fitèna Reply Michele May 19, 2006 at 4:18 am You’re like my photoshop superstar, Neil. Reply Alison May 19, 2006 at 5:45 am Oh my. Reply stephanie May 19, 2006 at 6:11 am LOL. Wasn’t LA ranked #1 as having the worst drivers? (Boston was #5) NOW we know why. Just sayin. Reply Kevin May 19, 2006 at 6:25 am Hahhahahahahhahahahaha! Can you send this post to somebody in the California Department of Transportation? Reply Scarlet May 19, 2006 at 7:07 am Ha, hilarious. Good job, guys. Reply Heather May 19, 2006 at 7:09 am It’s at perfect eye level for a woman cradling a cell phone while she’s putting on her mascara in the rear view mirror…. Reply Dustin May 19, 2006 at 7:25 am Clearly these banners are meant to warn birds about the dangers that roads/ cars pose to their frail feather bodies. Reply Dagny May 19, 2006 at 7:38 am Eye level for all the folks driving H2s? Reply Megan May 19, 2006 at 7:51 am Your tax dollars at work. This reminds me of the stickers the State of Florida requires on vending machines. Part of it says, “If this sticker is missing, please call…” Thanks for stopping by today; the perfect ones break our hearts because they can. 😉 Reply AWE May 19, 2006 at 8:37 am I bet the hookers don’t like that sign. Reply scott May 19, 2006 at 8:41 am This reminds me of a bumper sticker I want to create: “Stop Reading This and Pay Attention to Your Phone Call” Hello, Neil. Reply DebR May 19, 2006 at 9:26 am Classic! Now to see how many wrecks happen when people are looking up to read the sign instead of, oh, I dunno…watching the road maybe! My favorite bizarre road sign ever (although in a totally different way) was next to a low-lying bridge in rural Kentucky. The sign said “When bridge is covered high water exists.” I thought someone in the KY Highway Dept. had a very Zen attitude about flooding. Reply jules May 19, 2006 at 9:32 am It’s like those overhead traffic boards..warning you about a heavy traffic ahead, only to CAUSE a traffic jam because EVERYONE slows down to read the signs! Lovely… Reply Pearl May 19, 2006 at 9:48 am Neil, I think you should send this to Jay Leno. This is the type of stuff he enjoys sharing with his viewing audiences. Reply jennifer May 19, 2006 at 10:44 am Seriously, you crack me up. I’m not quite sure how you figured me out so easily 😉 Reply Wendy May 19, 2006 at 11:35 am That is about the funniest thing I’ve seen all day. Thanks. I needed that! Reply Nance May 19, 2006 at 11:43 am I still love to start a class every now and then by saying, “How many of you are here today? Raise your hands.” Reply justrun May 19, 2006 at 11:48 am Wow. Everything my mother told me about CA really is true, isn’t it? Reply ashbloem May 19, 2006 at 11:50 am DFW Airport used to have these big signs saying what flights were in what terminals. They were huge and had tons of information. They didn’t last a year because they caused accidents. Reply Heather B. May 19, 2006 at 12:13 pm Smooth LA, very smooth. Reply Hope May 19, 2006 at 12:29 pm Ha, very funny. To go off what Nance said, when I was a camp counselor and the kids would ask if they could go get a drink of water, I’d say, “Yeah, get one for me too.” Wha? Reply Jay May 19, 2006 at 12:33 pm I know, I know. It’s so great that even safetey endeavours are distractions. Reply bettyonthebeach May 19, 2006 at 12:42 pm That’s AWESOME! Gotta love L.A.!!! Reply claire May 19, 2006 at 1:27 pm As it happens my last car was totalled on Venice Blvd. Now I know why that jerk didn’t see the red light. Reply LifeinLALAland May 19, 2006 at 1:34 pm No problemo! Its in English and the drivers without insurance can’t read it anyway. Reply TEEKay May 19, 2006 at 1:53 pm Do you all seriously find three simple, boldly written and practically subliminal words on these innocuous signs more dangerous than just about everything else you do while driving? At least they may wake you up out of your smog induced stupor while droning along your commute to and from hopeless auditions in your gas sucking SUV’s. Reply LisaBinDaCity May 19, 2006 at 2:04 pm Typical LA. I’m getting nostalgic! Reply cruisin-mom May 19, 2006 at 2:11 pm Scott: when you create that bumper sticker, let me know…that’s hysterical. Neil: you are always hysterical. Reply Heather May 19, 2006 at 3:59 pm As an aside: My apologies to any Heathers that were here before me. Gosh, I can remember when there weren’t hardly any of us. It’s all Winona’s fault. Reply Sandra May 19, 2006 at 4:45 pm I’m with Chickybabe — there must be giants in LA (with large cars to match). Maybe it’s a California thing…there’s a building in downtown SF with braille on the top and I’ve always wondered who can read it… Reply anne arkham May 19, 2006 at 6:32 pm *laughing* Reply Mike F May 19, 2006 at 7:17 pm Maybe it’s for low flying aircraft. Reply better safe than sorry May 20, 2006 at 4:51 am fascinating. Reply Jack May 20, 2006 at 10:02 am Got to love the hometown. Reply treespotter May 20, 2006 at 12:55 pm there used to be a sign outside Changi airport in Singapore that encourage drivers to “Be Spontaneous!” Singaporeans are decidedly shorter tho. Reply Mari May 20, 2006 at 3:19 pm Hi, you always make me laugh- and I love you for it! XXX Mari Reply [LA Observed] - Friday, 5.19.06 May 21, 2006 at 12:23 pm […] Watch the sky: Citizen of the Month blogs about the absurdity of those “Watch the Road” banners around L.A. being placed high in the air. 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