Buy My Signs
August 10, 2000.
Several months have passed since the Liberals took over the
B.C. Provincial Legislature with 76 seats out of 77 and our courts
still suck (dot com).
Some people might say that I jumped the gun a bit, posting
signs by John Weisbeck's office (my M.L.A.(again)) at the beginning
of July. They read...
The way I see it, Mr. Weisbeck's already
had 5 years to ignore this problem; a primary reason that I chose
to accept the offer to compete, as a candidate for the B.C. Action
Party, for his seat in the Provincial Legislature.
About 2 days into my "sign"
strategy, I went into Mr. Weisbeck's office to inform him of
my actions and he concured that it was my democratic right to
protest in such a manner but "not in his office". This
could only mean that my signs were too small.
I had originally set the signs out on
Hwy 97 north, adjacent to Mr. Weisbeck's new office but traffic
was travelling too fast for my 4 inch letters. I began to move
them around to various locations around Kelowna, occasionally
leaving them out overnight. Naturally, they vanished one night.
So I've rounded up some new material
and I'm making more and bigger signs. My plan is to keep putting
up more signs than can vanish.
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It's Sunday, Sept. 2, 2001 & I've been out for 4 days,
now, with just 1 new sign, plugging this site. I've decided to
"baby-sit my sign for fear that it'll sneak off on me like
the last 3. I've been making the most of it though. I got some
good reading in and lately, I've been standing next to the sign,
smiling & waving. Good pratice for my potential political
Monday, Sept. 3rd; Labour Day. Set up in front of Orchard
Park on Harvey Ave., the main drag going through town. Smiling
and waving, just like a damn politician. I had a blast but I
thing I got a bit too much sun on my face. Think I'll go stand
in front of the Kelowna Daily Courier for a spell but if the
sun's too much, I'll scoot over to the shady side of the bridge
Tuesday the 4th: I set up my sign in front of the Courier
and about 5 minutes later, a lady came out and asked, could I
please remove my signs. I said I didn't think so, explaining
my civil right to demonstrate publicly, on public property. She
said I was on Courier property and I told her that if she could
bring me out a copy of the lot plan & description, I would
consider leaving. She went inside.
About 5 minutes later, another lady came out, insisting that
I leave. I asked her about the lot plan & description &
she said she'd be phoning the cops next. I said o.k. She went
About 10 minutes later, a Ms. S.A. Heaton arrived, blocking
2 pedestrians' right of ways with her cruiser. Constable Heaton
& I had a lively debate on civil rights vs. private property,
public propertey, city property, by-laws, permits, etc.
I also brought up the conundrum of a media outlet's lack of
interest in a demonstrator's outlandish sign. Rather than ask
the customary who, what, when, where, etc, they phone the cops.
Ms. Heaton informed me the the Courier was aware of what it was
about. I asked Ms. Seaton if she new what it was
about. She said she did.
The constable then asked me for i.d. I asked the obvious...She
insisted that she needed it to check if I had any outstanding
warrants. I complied. (Had I not, would she have arrested me
on charges of vagrancy?)
No warrants (she must have over-looked the parking ticket)
but the bottom line was that if I didn't take my sign & leave
she would have to arrest me. And she was insisting on escorting
me to my car, to be sure.
Just then, a camara-man from C.H.B.C.t.v. showed up. He must
have been disappointed that I didn't get arrested because he
put the camara down. Constable Heaton escorted me across the
the street & the camara-man & I had a little chat. No
film @ 11, though.
I spent the rest of the day on City park property @ the bridge
approach, 1st on the south (or shady side) and later on the north
side because the exposure is sooo much better, there.
Either side has oodles more traffic than in front of the Courier
so really, they did me a favour.
More than 400 hits in the last 2 days. I'd say that this "sign
campaign" is paying off. It's like the band, Chilliwack
sings, "If there ain't no audience, there just ain't no
Thank-you all so much for your signs of encouragement, folks.
I get hoots & horns & thumbs-ups & thumb-finger circles
& this thumb-baby finger thing (I think that's kewl) &
every 1 in 200 hundred or so, a middle finger. I usually shout
back; "You're number 1, too."
Over-all, there's way more yeas than neighs so if popular
opinion still means anything...Thanks again, y'all.
Wednesday, Sept. 5th, I had other commitments so I left my
sign out on on the boulevard on Harvey Ave., in front of the
new Home Depot. The apprehension of leaving my sign unattended
for any signifigant amount of time reaches critical mass on my
return, as I get closer to where I last saw it. "Is it still
Sept. 6th & more extra-curricular activities. I had to
abandon my sign for the morning, again. It appears to be much
better behaved than the last 3. We had a marvelous afternoon
together with more honking & cheering, etc. and a couple
of middle fingers. Who are these guys??
Early this evening, a couple of young women stopped to chat
me up. It turns out that they're editing and publishing a new,
local, alternative newspaper, called Off-Centre. You can find
a link to their site on my Links page.
In an effort to remain unbiased as to news sources, I think
I'll set up in front of the Capital News, tomorrow morning. If
things go the way I suspect, I'll be re-located @ Hwy 97S. S
& 1st Ave. in Westbank, by noon. Jack Peach set up a roadside
campaign there, during the spring, provincial election &
got some great exposure.
Had a friendly visit with a fellow from the Capital News who
asked that I not make a fuss over removing my sign. He explained
that the Capital News is shutting down their Vernon weekly newspaper
& the publisher was not taking it well.
We also discussed civil rights, public/private property,lot
plans/discriptions, APEC, Quebec City & Genoa, tyranny &
the purpose of my little sign "campaign".
It appears as though they decided to just ignore my, hoping
that I'd eventally just go away. Or perhaps that better there
than somewhere else with much better exposure as
I'd tactlessly pointed out during the initial conversation. Given
the former, their wish came true as I packed up about 1 p.m.
& headed for Westbank.
As I explained to the receptionist before I left, I'm not
out to damage their newspaper in any way, I'm only trying to
wake them up.
1st Ave. N. in Westbank might not be as productive as Orchard
Park or the Bridge approach but I want to "target"
a broader audience. (Sheesh, that sounds like multi-national
lingo) And the folks in Westbank are just as agreeable as @ any
other locations I've solicited :-)
Took the week-end off to expell the petro-carbons, m.m.t.,
etc. Give my arms a break, as well. Developed wavers' elbow,
wrist & shoulders.
Monday, Sept. 10 & I set up next door to The Courier.
Unfortunately, I was in front of an alternate school & was
disturbing the class. I'm not doing this to irritate people,
necessarily so I moved over to the bridge approach, again. Can't
beat the exposure, there.
A few people have expressed displeasure in my choice of domain
names. They don't like the word, "suck". That word
is listed in my dictionary & it means, "to draw".
It is indeed an appropriate word as our courts draw the life
out of people. Just ask Darrin White
of Prince George. That's right, you can't; he hung himself.
As outrageous as my sign, my tactics, the name of my site
is, it cannot hold a candle to the outrageousness that our courts
exhibit. I would have to indulge in illegal behaviour to match
the antics of our courts.
Another day, another dollar... spent. Started off down @ the
courthouse for about an hour or so, then headed back to the Courier.
Didn't stake my sign down @ either location; just held it with
1 hand & waved with the other. This offered an advantage.
I was able to display it, 360 degrees around, directing it towards
anyone, vehicular or pedestrian :-)
At the Courier, I really felt that the opposite side of the
street had greater exposure & that won out over "pestering"
them on the public sidewalk in front of their building. I even
crossed the street several times, trying out various locations.
After about an hour, the lure of the bridge approach got the
best of me. You just can't beat all that exposure!
All these past days, way more than several sherriffs &
mounties have driven by, most of them smile & wave. Even
more-so today, in front of the courthouse & in front of the
Courier, just a short block from the nearest R.C.M.P. detachment.
The immensity of carnage that greeted our global village this
morning, steals the media spotlight. Intensifying our horror
& fitting into the plans of the perpetrators, yet to be determined.
(shades of counter-accounts, such as the Murrah Building, tragedy,
found @ Skolnick's Report come
The 1st I heard of today's tragedy was @ the courthouse. A
guy, a courier or "runner", told me simply, that I
should stay home & watch my t.v. I couldn't help but notice
that this latest multi-pronged act of terrorism had not changed
his plans for the day. Nor any of us, not directly related to
While all else has been so trivialized by this disaster, there's
really very little that any one of "us" could do, anyway.
The whole world lies terrorized by some unidentified evil and
most of us can do nothing about it except offer a blessing for
the lost and the berieved.
It was a better choice to stay out there with my sign, rather
than go home & watch re-enactments of today's atrosities
on the tube. My thoughts can be with the suffering, even as I
expose my little "can of worms". Evil is evil; let's
expose what we can, each of us & get a better look @ this
On Wednesday, I put my sign up @ Dilworth & Springfield,
on the back corner of Orchard Park, mall. I spent some time there
& then went for lunch. When I got back, my sign was gone.
I tracked it down through the mall administration office. The
individual that I spoke with was insistent that the boulevard
was mall property & that their policy was no signs, what-so-ever.
Fortunately, they had the sign in storage so I was able to retrieve
it. I decided to call it a day & go home.
Took yesterday off. Surfed the internet & generally loafed
It's Friday! Big deal. Everyday's Friday, to me.
Went back to the back corner of Orchard Park & spent the
day with my sign. Not a peep out of mall administration.
It was typical of a steady traffic, day although there were
a couple of variations from the "number 1" group. For
instance, one lady pointed a finger (index) directly at me &
then brought her hand across her throat in a cutting motion.
Should I be interpreting this as some sort of a threat? Hmm.
I know that there are a few individuals out there that have demonstrated
some disapproval & I can only address them as I have to others
who have threatened me. "Put your concerns on paper &
send them to me. If they're valid, I'll print a retraction."
I can hardly be expected to identify any valid complaint in
trying to interpret some derogatory gesture or passing, garbled
profanity. If one cannot state a concern in some semblance of
a constructive sentence or more, I can only conclude that one
has nothing valid to offer.
In light of horrifying events, now being referred to as "9-11"
(9th month/11th day), I've finally found the iniative to re-type
a little good-will message that I wrote & disseminated, last
winter. 2 Cavemen. At the
time that I wrote it, I had absolutely no idea as to how relevant
it would become, at this colossal sound-bite in the history of
I had no intention of using this page (or any other page,
other than my "Links" page) to generate hits away
from my site. Given our mainstream media's propensity to avoid
various aspects of the truth, I find more plausability in articles
by Sherman Skolnick & even
such as I've found in my email and on on-line forums... "AliceinWonderland".
Makes more sense in explaining the lie that has stepped into
my own life for the last 6 years, now; and I'm not the only one,
it seems, who agrees. Our Courts Suck! (dot com)
Monday morning, 11 a.m. and I haven't put my sign up, yet.
Spent pretty much all week-end surfing the skyway. I'd like
to put my sign up but I'm not sure I can trust it on it's own.
(...So that's what parenting feels like....)
Spent the afternoon with my sign, out in front of the building
where Werner Schmidt's office is located. I dropped into the
office, momentarily, to let them know that I'd be there. I had
a great time, smiling and waving & the traffic is pretty
steady, there, thanks to the 2 Landmark office buildings close
I am amazed at some of the people that drive by, painstakingly
trying to avoid looking at me. I'm surprised that none have driven
off the road in their state of inattention.
Three songs come to mind as I stand out there; Ray Steven's,
"The Streak" ("Don't look Ethel! but it was too
late; he'd already caught her in the cheap seats"), that
song with the verse, "I smile & wave" & Capt'n.
Hook ("there's a nut down on the corner giving dollar bills
away"). As you can see, I keep myself amused.
Found another article in my email, quite worthy of exposure
at this site, as well as a forward to all on my list.
industrial, and political establishment are cashing in on this
tragedy, and it shouldn't serve as an excuse to be stupid."
There comes a time in every parent's
life where you just have to start trying to trust your children
out on their own, more. Some parents might be thinking; "Yeah
but it's not my kids that I'm worried about." That's my
sentiments about this 4th sign.
Due to other priorities, I finally
put up the sign @ Harvey & Banks, on the north-west side
of the intersection. I had previously decided to set it up where
my demands took me but the wind was ferocious. The thought of
travelling at highway speeds with a 5 foot sign strapped to the
roof of my little import, producing a winged effect, caused me
to abandon my baby - ahh...sign.
On return from my travels, I
discovered that the wind had blown the sign down. At least it
didn't go running off somewhere on me. It's a good sign, really....
It's now noon on Wednesday, Sept.
19th (hopefully) my sign is back @ yesterday's location where
I left it, shortly after 8 this morning.
Yikes, it's the 29th already!
Been leaving my sign up, here and there and even leaving it up,
overnight. It went missing on Friday morning and as it was near
City Works, I dropped in. The receptionist new nothing of it's
where-abouts but offered to phone the by-law office for me.
There was a message from the
by-law office on the answering machine when I got home but it
was too late to call. Guess I'll have to wait until Monday to
find out if I have to make another sign or not.
I've added a few more selections
to "From the Desk"; Eddy,
Capitalism in Crisis
and Understanding Terrorism.
All, elightening points of view, worth consideration.
Whilst deliberating over my desire
to build yet another sign...a
spark of recognition! Alas, the season's turning to winter,
drawing other matters to attention.
Over the winter I managed to
construct not one but two signs, even better than the first four
- practice makes perfect, eh. These ones attach to the roof of
my car for display and are removable and have legs that attach
for display on busy boulevards. With that in mind, it is my pleasure
to present to you,
"Take a trip and Never Leave
June 27, 2002.
The last couple of weeks have
been dedicated to posting my signs at the bridge approach next
to City Park at the entrance to Kelowna. Prior to that, I'd been
moving them to a variety of locations, testing the exposure.
For a couple of days, I set up
at the bridge approach on the west side of Okanagan lake but
was run off by the bridge manager, Mike Woodcock. He claimed
that my signs are a distraction to motorists. Imagine that; 60
foot billboards up and down both sides of the highway are o.k.
but my 5 foot signs are a distraction to motorists.
Last Saturday, set up by the
park, I spent the day smiling and waving at passing motorists.
On Sunday, feeling the effects of heat exposure, exhaust fumes
and sore shoulders from all the waving, I put up my signs and
spent the day on a park bench in the shade. Saturday's efforts
attracted 2,400 visitors to this site and on Sunday, just 200
visitors logged on to read about the horrors of our courts. I
guess I'm going to have to work for exposure.
This last week, I've been diligently
standing by my signs, smiling and waving. With all the isometric
excercise, soon I'll have arms like Popeye if the exhaust fumes
don't get to me, first.
Yesterday, I witnessed a horrific
accident. A dump truck hit a small car, catching the car on the
driver's front fender, pushing it sideways and down the road
for about 20 feet or more. Finally the car shot backwards over
the curb and down into City Park. Fortunately nobody was hurt,
although the elderly lady driving the car was quite understandably
Also, someone absconded with
another one of my signs, yesterday. It dissapeared shortly after
mid-day from where I had erected it, across the highway from
the City Park track oval. Whoever took it must have stopped their
vehicle (probably a pick-up truck) on the highway, snatched the
sign, driving off with it. I searched the length of Mill creek
from the site where the sign stood, all the way to the lake.
There was no sign of it. (no pun intended :-)
As this is the fifth signs that's
been stolen, I filed an official RCMP report (file # 02-26672)
with Constable D.K. Haftner. As I explained to the constable
and his side-kick, if it were not for the frequency of the thefts,
I wouldn't have bothered. I realise that they have more important
things to attend to but by filing the report, it's now on their
I would like to thank Constable
Haftner for his professional attitude in dealing with me, contrary
to that of his partner. True to his word, Constable Haftner left
a voice message for me, informing me of the file number that
he had assigned to my complaint. In the background I could hear
his colleagues guffawing over the situation (I presume).
Many people have applauded my
efforts in bringing these attrocities to the attention of the
general public. Through cheering and honk as you drive by, to
personally approaching me to express your favour, you encourage
me to keep it up. Your numbers far outweigh the
hooligans who drive by occassionally, hurling obsenities, with
middle fingers extended (and occassionally stopping to steal
one of my signs).
On this note, I wish to request
from you, further substantial (tax
deductable) support. I do not wish to seem ungrateful
for the support that you've already shown me, I am merely having
financial difficulty trying to get by while I keep up this campaign.
It all costs money, from making new signs to maintaining this
website and I've been trying to finance the entire project out
of my disability pension ($780.00 per month)
To those of you who have and
continue to show me support, thank you from the bottom of my
heart. To those of you who steal my signs and hurl obsenities
at me, why not tie a ten dollar bill to a brick & throw that
Please, "Buy My Signs"
- don't steal them.
Yours very truly,
Agent for the B.C.