Thursday, July 30, 2009


I knew there were more beautiful roses here in the park. It was just a matter of going down different streets. No additional comment needed by me. Enjoy!

Now, we add a bit of humor, and it might help make your day --


Remember these? For those who never saw any of the Burma Shave signs, here is a quick lesson in our history of the 1930's and '40's. Before there were interstates, when everyone drove the old two-lane roads, Burma Shave signs would be posted in farmers' fields all over the countryside. They were small red signs with white letters ….five signs, about 100 feet apart, each containing one line of a four line couplet......with the obligatory 5th sign advertising Burma Shave, a popular shaving cream.

Trains don't wander all over the map
'cause nobody sits in the engineer's lap
Burma Shave

She kissed the hairbrush by mistake
She thought it was her husband Jake
Burma Shave

Don't lose your head to gain a minute
You need your head your brains are in it
Burma Shave

Drove too long
Driver snoozing
What happened next is not amusing
Burma Shave

Brother speeder let's rehearse
All together
Good morning, nurse
Burma Shave

Cautious rider to her reckless dear
Let's have less bull and more steer
Burma Shave

Speed was high, weather was not
Tires were thin, x marks the spot
Burma Shave

The midnight ride of paul for beer
Led to a warmer hemisphere
Burma Shave

I'll have a few more of these another day soon.


  1. We used to LOVE finding Burma Shave signposts when we did cross-country trips when I was a kid!

    And the roses are gorgeous. Which ones have the best perfume? I'm guessing #4.

  2. You've got your orders, Corporal: Scissors to No. 4!

    I have heard tell of these Burma Shave signs...(let me see...looking...looking...ah yes) Bill Bryson's "Made in America: Chapter 10 'When the Going was Good: Travel in America.' pp.209-210. Interesting fact, "its signs were virtually guaranteed to hold the attention of passing drivers for an average of 18 seconds--far longer than any other type of roadside ad could count on." Bet you didn't know that!