The Imperfect Signs of Oelwein, Iowa

I made my monthly trip down to MY DAD’S Town last Thursday, and I stayed for a couple extra days. I brought my bike with me too, so I was able to ride around and get some imperfect photos of imperfect things for the almost-perfect August Challenge. Now I’m back in MY Town and I’m ready to post those imperfect pictures of Iowa imperfections.

I saw the first item of imperfection within the first couple of blocks. That would be the sign shown in the featured photo. It would be hard to miss the imperfection in a signpost and frame that had no sign in it. After that, I noticed another imperfect sign. That’s when I decided to make imperfect signs the theme of my ride and, therefore, of this post.

This sign at the local bowling alley has all kinds of imperfections: misplaced letters, mis-aligned letters, different sized letters, and differences in boldness of the letters.

This business is . . . well . . . I’m not exactly sure. Too many imperfections on the sign to tell.

This sign is bent, so I parked in the walkway to take a picture of that imperfection.

This sign was so faded that I wasn’t sure if it was okay to park here at this time or not. The “No Trucks” symbol is pretty clear though. (Is a Surly Disc Trucker a truck?)

Despite having the proofreading powers of God, churches are not immune from the imperfection of a missing letter.

This sign is being invaded by the imperfection of SERIOUS RUST. Pretty soon, I won’t know which lane to use for a left turn.

Before I go, I want to show a photo for the Pattern part of the August Challenge. All of the downtown streets in Oelwein have a snake-like pattern of bricks embedded into the concrete sidewalks. Some folks might be turned off by it, but I think giant pythons slithering all over town are pretty cool.

Hi. My name is Greg and I ride my bike a lot. That is to say, I ride my bike almost every day. I go on long rides and short rides. Sunny rides, cloudy rides, and rainy rides. I like commuting, errand-running, day-tripping, overnighting, and touring on my bike. I ride on city streets, highways, gravel, single track, and snow with equal enthusiasm. Sometimes I ride fast and sometimes I ride slow. I try to keep my feet on the pedals at stop lights and I do not dismount when I hop up on a curb. I have a roadie bike, a mountain bike and a touring bike. I try to accept any challenge a bike ride can throw at me without complaint. But I don't like bugs.

3 response to "The Imperfect Signs of Oelwein, Iowa"

  1. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: August 21, 2022

    I think the sidewalk pattern follows the steps of someone going home from Mike’s Place.
    They walked there in 10 minutes and took them 45 to get home. 😉

    Good sign finds!

    Makes a person wonder, how many millions, billions? of signs there must be in the US,
    not to mention the world.

    I am encouraged to see no signs in the luwian language that seem to be popping up here — that one anyway.

    • By: gregblood Posted: August 22, 2022

      Good joke about the guy’s path to and from Mike’s place.

  2. By: Suzanne Posted: August 26, 2022

    Love the no-sign sign at the beginning, the lest go bowling, too. And the curvy path on the sidewalk. All of them, actually.

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