The More Things Change…

the more they stay the same? Is there a disclaimer on the other side of the sign at Smiths (S. 19th Street, near Chestnut) that says something akin to “the views on this sign are not necessarily the views of the owner”?

Philly’s Women Against Abuse pointed out this handwritten sign at Smith’s Restaurant, the photo of which was submitted to’s Readers Cameraphone on February 16. Judging by the photographer’s (shown in the reflection) comment, she understands what’s wrong with the sign — why it’s significant.

It’s not bad enough that women’s rights (including to health and safety) are under attack by the GOP candidates and the rest of the religious right, some clown at Smith’s thinks this is humorous?  Maybe the writer was raised by wolves?  Nah…wolves do more to protect their own kind than this joker is doing — even if it’s supposed to be in “jest.”

I’m curious what the owner, Brendan Smith, thinks of the publicity he’s getting for this sign.  Is he an “any publicity is good publicity” kind of guy, is he looking to bring in a new clientele, or is he now thinking that he needs to hire a new staff person … to oversee what gets written on the board at his restaurant?

I’m trying to overcome my cynicism and am hoping that he’s writing a want ad right now. Let’s see… Wanted: One Sign Writer/Overseer.  Must have average-to-above-average taste and experience supervising the clueless.


About deb

Wandering and wondering - taking it all in -- and increasingly shaking my head. Who are we and how did we get to this here? And, what, where and how next? Putting what I see and think out there in pictures and always looking for other ways, hence, this blog. This blog, like me, is a work in process and still doesn't quite know what it wants to be when it grows up.
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