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Posted by
Stephen Phillips (San Francisco, United States) on 7 July 2009 in Miscellaneous and Portfolio.

Finally - I get to participate in silly Tuesday while perhaps bringing a smile to a friend...

It was recently revealed to me that,

"Barbara hates Carmel."

Barbara has very good taste in clothing and furnishings. She attends to a lovely home with an inviting garden. The only hint of excess in her life - is her love of Christmas. She has enough ornamentation to decorate a twenty-foot tall blue spruce - and still have it look crowded.

I digress.

Carmel can be ostentatious. The Beverley Hills of the California Coast.

Barbara, along with her husband James - found themselves here a few years ago. They decided to indulge in traversing the storied '17-Mile Drive' - a $9.25 toll road into the coastal hills through Pebble Beach and Spyglass. They were expecting lush views of the coast and tide pools and wind blown cypress trees.

There was - to be fair - a measure of these features. Yet, what the road mostly revealed, were the gates and high fences surrounding the multi-million dollar homes of the very rich homeowners who have exiled themselves to these stony bluffs. She was (to say the least) - unimpressed.

Last month - I came upon this sign - directing drivers from Ocean Avenue in downtown Carmel - to this toll road. Of course - I noticed that some helpful soul had taken pains to attach this editorial suggestion to the sign; a professionally lettered, "Don't Do It."

Last week - saw me in the neighborhood once again, on assignment - an lo and behold - the amendment was still on the sign.

So, dear Barbara - this one is for YOU !

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Mirko Herzner from Germany

Amazing. I really enjoy this kind of shots. Not only the editorial note fits so well (if we know the story behind), but also the cobweb...

7 Jul 2009 6:07am

dobbino from Cape Town, South Africa

Wonderful find for the day. Happy ST :)

7 Jul 2009 6:28am

djedfre from schaumburg, United States

i think we need more anonymous critics to steer us away from (often) over-rated or over-priced public attractions!

7 Jul 2009 7:28am

yz from Budapest, Hungary

really funny

7 Jul 2009 8:05am

Anthony Morgan Lambert from Bielefeld(old Pembroke dock boy,Wales), Germany

Great story and a nice silly sign !!

7 Jul 2009 9:04am

Eric Fry from Houston, TX, United States

I love it, Stephen! Hope you are doing well these days. I'll drop you a note this afternoon .

Take care,

7 Jul 2009 9:43am

jeff (aka dogilicious) from Millerstown, PA, United States

Great, I especially like the little stop sign at the bottom.

7 Jul 2009 10:09am

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

I'm pretty sure we DID IT when we were out there !!!! Great catch for ST !!

7 Jul 2009 8:49pm

Liang from San Francisco, United States

i don't know, but i have visited 17-mile drive years back (2001 and 2002 i believe) and loved it. I'm not sure how it looks nowadays, but i've been itching to go back and visit again. How was it though?

7 Jul 2009 10:59pm

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

Great story behind this image! Great capture! I'm sure Barbara will love it! ;)

8 Jul 2009 12:50am

dj.tigersprout from New York City, United States

LOL -- great find -- and i wouldn't do it either!! :)

8 Jul 2009 2:44am

ordinaryimages from Kentucky Bluegrass, United States

ROFL...!!! best...jerry

8 Jul 2009 3:33am

grant from kansas city, United States

great story and shot!

9 Jul 2009 3:30am