The man who displays signs and banners from his front porch in my neighborhood has not changed his current sign in weeks. The most recent sign he has posted reads (I think sarcastically) “Have A Great Day!!!” The reason I mention parenthetically that I think this message is intended to be read sarcastically is that I have heard from other neighbors that this man has been admonished to cease and desist his displays by the home owners’ association. The reason for this admonishment has a rather deep and interesting history that is beyond the scope of a three hundred word link farm piece. But I can give a brief outline of the situation in the following two paragraphs.
It all started perhaps a year or so ago when this man’s neighbor across the street was diagnosed with cancer. The neighbor across the street is apparently a woman named Susan. As a literal display of support this man took it upon himself to hang signs and banners from his front porch with positive messages directed towards Susan intended (not sarcastically) to aid her psychologically in her time of healing and recovery. These signs although well meaning were a bit personal and somewhat embarrassing for the man’s neighbors according to the scuttlebutt around the neighborhood.
Apparently someone in the neighborhood complained to the home owners’ association about this man’s displays. The home owners’ association then sent a letter to the man telling him to cease his display. From all indications it seems as if the man is now displaying his defiant streak as his current sign reading “Have a Great Day!!!” reads like an effective “Up Yours!!!” to the home owners’ association. I do not know if the home owners’ association has taken further action or if they decided to let the matter drop.