Last night I drove around after supper time and out up some signs I had made. I had them for a week and really wanted to get them installed so you could see them on the way to work. Along the way I saw a handful of new friends I have made. It was kind of like a TV show episode. I happened to find a Plumbing Man sign in the ditch covered in cut grass. It was one that I had painted bears on a long time back. I think I will refurbish it.
As I was on my ladder I heard metal clanging. I looked down and saw a large drill bit. In a minute a woman named Diana who was in search of a drill bit (no joke) came by. I had never met her in person but she knew of my work and had written me online. She was in the process of boarding up a property her family had purchased. She had boards in her trunk and bolts and needed a drill bit to secure them to the wall. Lo and behold, the size of the bit I had found on the side of the road was the size she needed! Wow. I gave her the bit and went on my way.
I was heckled on my ladder by the infamous Joel Brooks and then I saw Hudson near the Mennonite farm. Next I drove north a mile or two. Then as the evening sky was getting really pretty I almost fell off my ladder. Somehow I caught myself against the power pole with my shoulder and neck and kept myself from falling. That would have changed things.
I hung up the rest of my signs and made my way back home feeling happy that some folks today would see them and smile.
I hope the art stays a while and people won’t take them down. I like the idea of a lot of people experiencing my creations as well as children being able to spot them as their parents drive them around. It is something people can look forward to seeing on their daily travels. Several people talked to me last weekend and told me how they love to see my art and signs and crosses as they drive to work and back. This really made an impression on me.
On another note, I found out yesterday I will be in the Slotin Folk Fest this August in Norcross, Georgia. Very good news!