The Sign


I had just gone up about the equivalent of 90 stories of stairs and someone had the audacity to tell me in a sign what not to do. Am I a child? Do I need a sign to be told what should not be done? Who do they think they are? In the end to keep harmony and peace I wimped out. I didn’t sprint up the final five flights of stairs! The sign said, “Don’t run!” I was disappointed because if the sign had not been there I would have loped up like a gazelle.

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19 thoughts on “The Sign”

  1. drlorentz:

    10 Cents:
    Am I a child? Do I need a sign to be told what should not be done?

    You don’t actually want honest answers to these questions.

    Sounds like you learned the hard way about this. How blissful are you?

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  2. Phil Turmel:

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    Do I need a sign to be told what should not be done?

    Well, based on a few sentences later:

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    if the sign had not been there I would have loped up like a gazelle.

    I’d conclude that yes, you need a sign.

    Thank you for encouraging my delusions, Phil.

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  3. 10 Cents:
    Sounds like you learned the hard way about this. How blissful are you?

    I take Joseph Campbell’s advice:

    Follow your bliss. If you do follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while waiting for you, and the life you ought to be living is the one you are living.

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  4. drlorentz:

    10 Cents:
    Sounds like you learned the hard way about this. How blissful are you?

    I take Joseph Campbell’s advice:

    Follow your bliss. If you do follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while waiting for you, and the life you ought to be living is the one you are living.

    You pulled a switcheroo. You made a joke then I joked back. Then you went Joseph Campbell on me. Good points but …

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  5. Kobe must be an American suburb.  If there were a very long staircase around here, we would have to post “Don’t run up the steps” signs.  Otherwise the fitness nuts would not leave room for regular foot traffic.

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  6. MJBubba:
    Kobe must be an American suburb.  If there were a very long staircase around here, we would have to post “Don’t run up the steps” signs.  Otherwise the fitness nuts would not leave room for regular foot traffic.

    Somehow I can not imagine a sock puppet running up those stairs, tumbling down maybe, but running up, sorry, no.

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  7. MJBubba:
    Kobe must be an American suburb.  If there were a very long staircase around here, we would have to post “Don’t run up the steps” signs.  Otherwise the fitness nuts would not leave room for regular foot traffic.

    Actually the sign made me laugh because very few people would ever run up these steps. One would have to be an Ironman on steroids to do it. I have taken this trail about four times and can’t remember one person jogging on it.

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  8. 10 Cents:
    走ってはいけません

    OK, that is my question, both mean the same, as you imply, but is one more “formal” than the other?

    [audio mp3="https://www.ratburger.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Hashitte-wa-ikemasen.mp3"][/audio]

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  9. 10 Cents:

    Gerry_D:

    10 Cents:
    走ってはいけません

    OK, that is my question, both mean the same, as you imply, but is one more “formal” than the other?

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    You would not see #7 on a sign. It is incomplete and would be borderline rude to a stranger.

    Gerry posted #7 and Gerry_D posted #12. If I were a betting man, …

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  10. MJBubba:
    Kobe must be an American suburb.  If there were a very long staircase around here, we would have to post “Don’t run up the steps” signs.  Otherwise the fitness nuts would not leave room for regular foot traffic.

    No Bubba, Kobe was an American basketball player who died recently.

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  11. Robert A. McReynolds:

    MJBubba:
    Kobe must be an American suburb.  If there were a very long staircase around here, we would have to post “Don’t run up the steps” signs.  Otherwise the fitness nuts would not leave room for regular foot traffic.

    No Bubba, Kobe was an American basketball player who died recently.

    It was kind of him to let us use his name.

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  12. 10 Cents:

    10 Cents:

    Gerry_D:

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    走ってはいけません

    OK, that is my question, both mean the same, as you imply, but is one more “formal” than the other?

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    You would not see #7 on a sign. It is incomplete and would be borderline rude to a stranger.

    Gerry posted #7 and Gerry_D posted #12. If I were a betting man, …

     

     

    If you were a betting man?

    So one is correct the other is not.

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  13. Uncle Al:
    https://www.cartoonistgroup.com/properties/benson/art_images/lb1080328cd_lr.jpg

    … semiotic, phimotic, nephrotic.  Obey the Eleventh Commandment, keep it wholly.

    Are you okay? Do you think this is a clever way to get swear words on the site?

    I have asked you nicely to have some respect for other people’s threads. If it is lighthearted and clean, write comments in that vein. I know you are fairly new to the site and will give you a little more patience but not much.

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