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.
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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