Views of the Neighborhood

I had to make a run downtown yesterday, and as I was driving down the main street, I was struck by the number of sidewalk “sandwich board” signs there were. It also hit me that some them would make a pretty good post. So here is a sample of the signs that one can see in Port Aransas.

The first is for a restaurant. I have never eaten there, but the sign looks pretty inviting. It almost leads you to believe it is a free kitchen. (it’s not)

Moby Dicks

Then again maybe food is secondary.

Moby Dicks

This next one is curious

Henna Artist

Glad it is not Henna by a monkey. Also, notice the left leg of the sign. Clearly, the artist is not a carpenter.

Another curiosity

Ice cream

Is Tropical Ice Cream different from let’s say Antarctic Ice Cream? Maybe not as hard.

Now for the sin factor


You can get it all here. (The lung doctor is up the street )

The next sign is a place where you can do pottery

Fire it.

I guess that is one way to sell the idea of working with a 1000 degree kiln

In Texas, we have a “Tax-Free” weekend where certain school supplies and clothes are state tax-free. The idea is to give parents a break on back to school items.

Tax Free

Unfortunately or fortunately silver jewelry is not on the list. (Nice try there retailer)

I like this one.

Sweet cheese

Has Eurythmics written all over it.

So that you don’t think all the signs are relatively culture-freeΒ here is one for our community theater.

Bye Bye Birdie

The final sign is in the “if you can’t beat them join them,” category.

Church sign

I hope you liked the sign tour.


  1. Applause for that Eurythmics one.

    1. I know right? Very clever. πŸ™‚

  2. I loved this, John! The broken leg sign was hilarious…or was it your comment? πŸ™‚ Being the cheese lover that I am, I’ll have to vote for the Eurythmics. Happy Sunday!

    1. That was a good one wasn’t it. I happen to like the Eurythmics so this was perfect. πŸ™‚ Have a great week!

  3. Loved the sign tour, John. I gave a flavor of the island. πŸ™‚ — Suzanne

    1. Thanks, Suzanne. πŸ™‚

  4. Sorry about the typo there. I meant to say “it” gave a flavor of the island. 😐 — Suzanne

    1. Never fear. I usually have typos somewhere myself. Thanks Suzanne. πŸ˜‰

  5. I’m from the UK so these are so diffrent from ours and they’re fun to see Love it! Great idea for a post!

    1. Thank you for the visit and the comment. Have a great week! πŸ™‚

  6. Loved the tour, John – yes, Tropical Ice Cream would be very different from Canadian Ice Cream – a lot less expensive to make up here as we don’t need as much cooling power!

    1. Thanks for the clarity, John. I think someone should open a “Hoser Ice Cream “store here. Might be a go eh?

  7. Great idea for a post. Gives some local flavor and color.

    1. I thought it would. Of course I go by this stuff all the time and I took a pause to smell the chalk so to speak.

      1. I think we’re all that way. We go elsewhere and never see the things at home. We decided to drag the camper to Craters of the Moon National Monument for that reason. We drive past, it looks cool, we never stop. Leave in a couple of weeks.

  8. Great tour of signage! Digging the sweet cheese.

    1. Yes. Thanks, Susie. πŸ™‚

  9. I feel like I’m getting to know the place pretty well! Who can’t love a place that puns on Eurythmics songs?

    1. I know right. That is the essence of this place.

  10. Thanks for escorting me on a sign tour of your neighborhood, John. Love the one with the broken leg!!

    1. I had to wonder about that one. “Henna by Artist, carpentry by incompetent.”

  11. What a fun idea, John! Loved the signs. Even though they are text, I felt like I was seeing a lot of the island through them. LOL, love the cheese sign. I hope you’re having a sublime Sunday. Mega hugs!

    1. This is a funky place for sure. Hug and Super Sunday wish.

  12. Loved it. Made me “laugh out loud,” as the youngins say. πŸ™‚

    1. A good laugh is a gift. Thanks for letting me know. πŸ™‚

      1. You’re quite welcome πŸ™‚

  13. Hi John,
    Yes, I did enjoy the sign tour. I knew that there are plenty and fanciful ones all over Port A. I don’ think we’ve ever eaten at Moby Dick’s. And we usually got our ice cream at a different place, too, I don’t really remember, though, where. I’m looking forward to our next time down there.
    Have a great week,

    1. There is an ice cream shop across from the IGA and one at the end of Alister. Maybe that’s where. Thanks for the comment.:-)

      1. I think we have been to both of them.

  14. Great signs. I think the minister needs to step it up a notch. Ours once wrote “manufacturer’s recall is coming”

    1. Ha ha ha. i love that.:-D

  15. Great signs … the ice cream got the biggest chuckle!

    1. Yeah, I still can’t figure that out unless there is a margarita flavor.

      1. There’s got to be a Margarita flavor … after all, why not!

  16. Like the cheese one the best. I always laughed at a sign across from one of the high schools here – Tobacco, Beer, and Ham – all in one convenient location. Never really understood about the ham part.

    1. Munchie rescue material. πŸ˜€

  17. Love this feature!

    1. Thanks. πŸ™‚

  18. Just don’t see boards like they do’em in Texas. Very cool idea to showcase them for us, John.

    1. Thanks for the visit Audrey. πŸ™‚

  19. A sign saying “Smoke shop” (as opposed to “Tobacconist”) would probably be outside more of a, shall we say, “specialist” store over here.

    1. If you can light it or vape it, you can smoke it. Very literal.

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