Once again the “skunk” has taken the poster off my fence …

by on October 7, 2010 · 52 comments

in Culture, Ocean Beach, Popular, The Widder Curry

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Judi's poster on her fence on her property. Photos by Judi Curry.

What is it about this poster that is a threat to others? And, more importantly, why can’t I put a poster on MY fence, on MY property, and have it remain where I have put it as long as I want it there. Who is the skunk that thinks he can foul my yard and violate my privacy. (Of course, if you read the poster you can KNOW what the skunk thinks.)

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... now it's gone, thanks to the "skunk".

I have had three signs removed by a “skunk” in the neighborhood. He has smelled up my yard several times since the election began. BUT…this poster is not about the election. This poster is about tolerance, understanding, and acceptance.

I am sorry to report that the skunk has returned to my neighborhood. And…more specifically, to my house.

The skunk is alive and well. (Is there a “Decon” for human skunks?) Even though I haven’t smelled him for awhile, it is apparent that he has returned because my poster – the one that was put up yesterday – is gone. And it wasn’t washed away with the rain. It was NAILED to the fence with 4 nails, and even though the poster is gone, the nails are still in the wood.

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Judi's yard and fence.

What you say? You don’t think the fence is on private property. Look at the picture of the fence taken from the street. How else could that poster have been removed if the skunk hadn’t come up on my property. I don’t think that driveways are “city owned.” The poster that was removed was on the front of the fence by the car. And…since I am on a corner, both sides of the driveway are mine. But…not to worry.

Even if the “smelly one” comes by every day I have enough posters until the election in 2012! And it isn’t even about the election!

{ 52 comments… read them below or add one }

avatar Frank Gormlie October 7, 2010 at 9:17 am

Can anyone help Judi catch the “skunk”?

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avatar oBak October 7, 2010 at 9:52 am
avatar judi October 7, 2010 at 12:04 pm

I tried to rent a camera when I had the family of raccoons move it, but no one wanted to rent one. I am now wondering if the cost of the camera may be worth it, because I will catch more than the raccoon family. Thx

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avatar Avery October 7, 2010 at 10:03 am

Where can we get our hands on those posters? Would love to hang one on my fence as well.

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avatar judi October 7, 2010 at 11:59 am

Send me your email address and I’ll send you a link to the poster. Judi

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avatar Sean October 18, 2010 at 2:39 pm

Hello Judy! I’d love to have one to hang on my front gate of my fence too. Could you send a copy to my email also Thank you:)

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avatar Dave Patterson October 7, 2010 at 5:33 pm

Write me and I’ll send you a copy of the poster. Let’s get them all over town.

Dave Patterson
Ramona

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avatar Frank Gormlie October 7, 2010 at 5:38 pm

We posted a copy of the poster a few days ago. You could download it and print it out. Scroll down the home page to find it.

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avatar judi October 7, 2010 at 5:41 pm

Hi Dave,
Glad you got to the site. I have been sending your link to everyone that has asked for the poster, but am not sure what the link address is. We can post it, or the readers can go to the first page, or…..

Hey Everyone, Dave is where I got the poster in the first place. Let’s hear it for
DAVE! RAH!

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avatar oBak October 7, 2010 at 10:03 am

Also: sadly, unless you have a gate, your driveway is considered public property in CA:
“…This doesn’t violate your Fourth Amendment rights, because you do not have any reasonable expectation of privacy in your own driveway … (This rule) now applies in California and eight other Western states…”

http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,2013150,00.html

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avatar judi October 7, 2010 at 12:02 pm

That is one scary article. Thanks for sending it. Now…if my Golden was sitting in my driveway and the2-legged skunk came by to take the poster, and if Buddy bit him, would I still be liable because it really isn’t PRIVATE PROPERTY?

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avatar McSpliffy October 7, 2010 at 10:44 am

I 100% agree with the words on that sign but the way it was designed, I could see how one could feel that it’s almost yelling at the viewer, judging that they are dumb, and it reminds me of a mother yelling at her kids. If I had to walk around your block more than twice, that sign would start to boil my blood. STOP YELLING AT ME and making me feel like I need discipline!!! “YOU’RE AN ADULT, ACT LIKE IT!!!!!”

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avatar Frank Gormlie October 7, 2010 at 2:27 pm

Whoooooooooa! Hmmmm… where did you say you lived McSpliffy?

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avatar judi October 7, 2010 at 2:29 pm

Hopefully not near me. But….to get out any animosity – McSpliffy could yell back at the poster. Many of the inhabitants of OB stand around yelling. At least we would know why he/she was yelling!

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avatar Danny Morales October 7, 2010 at 2:48 pm

Frank- Try, Atascadero State recent graduates!

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avatar judi October 7, 2010 at 2:28 pm

Interesting point, but it is a “take-off” on the “Uncle Sam Wants You” poster during WWII.

Judi

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avatar Frank Gormlie October 7, 2010 at 2:38 pm

Of course it is, and there’s been a million knock-offs!

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avatar Ernie McCray October 7, 2010 at 12:00 pm

Seems to me the skunk is afraid of:
other Americans;
other religions;
other classes;
other nations;
and speaking out.
And when the skunk doesn’t get it and asks an American who does, the American who does screams: “Oh, my God, a SKUNK! and hauls ass (smile).
Hey, what can I say, I’m in a silly mood today.
Seriously, though, the skunk is what the poster is about.

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avatar judi October 7, 2010 at 12:05 pm

You said it! I wonder if he believes in anything? Judi

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avatar Sarah October 7, 2010 at 12:22 pm

Judi,

Maybe there’s a good artist in the crowd who might be able to paint the poster right on to the wall. Or maybe we could set up an OBRag Community Crime and Vandalism Task Force and have a surviellance schedule. Do they generally hit as soon as the poster goes up?

s

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avatar judi October 7, 2010 at 12:31 pm

Our very own Crime Stoppers. Funny, because I applied to be on the CRB board for the police department and attended the informational meeting today. I wonder if we caught the skunk, and I got on the board, if I would have to “recluse” myself from hearing the case….

The new poster’s have now been up for 24 hours. Maybe once was enough – or maybe someone told him about the OBRag and has all the publicity he wants.

Judi

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avatar kenloc October 7, 2010 at 2:37 pm

It’s is probably the same people who knock over signs and trees for no apparent reason other than to amuse their drunk selves on the long walk from the bar to their home or car. I’ve seen numerous for sale signs from realtors destroyed,newly planted trees torn out,etc.My point is,it probably isn’t the message the sign bears.Some people need something to destroy for some reason and Uncle Sam was an easy target) Try painting the poster directly on the fence.That ougha do it!

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avatar judi October 7, 2010 at 2:41 pm

I supposed I could get some artist to paint it on the old wood, but what if I want to change it? I know! I could put another poster over the painting and see what happens when they take that off. But you are right – there are those bent on destroying what doesn’t belong to them just for the hell of it. Sad world we live in, at times.

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avatar Danny Morales October 7, 2010 at 3:07 pm

Don’t buy kenloc’s probability. Read blogster Ernie McCray for a more articulate and poetic version of “The Sorrows”. b/t/w Since I took off my Veterans for Peace and Boycott $tarbucks bumper stickers I haven’t had any baby diapers or other expressions of Amurkkkan patriotism smeared across my winshield. And look at how OB has treated Frank G.- If you see a good fight, get into it! We’ll have your back

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avatar annagrace October 7, 2010 at 3:38 pm

Judi- Danny- I’m with you!!!!

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avatar judi October 7, 2010 at 4:03 pm

Thanks to both of you. Judi

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avatar kenloc October 7, 2010 at 4:31 pm

I think it would be awesome to paint it on the fence and hang the poster over the painting.Get that camera and you have a pretty awesome you tube moment waiting to happen.

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avatar judi October 7, 2010 at 5:16 pm

Since I have trouble with stick figures, and since the fence is old – but not as old as me – I’m open to any artist that wants to practice on my fence.
Judi

Great suggestion ken

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avatar Brian October 8, 2010 at 7:19 am

Baby diapers? Holy smokes, juvenile delinquency starts early these days.

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avatar judi October 8, 2010 at 10:02 am

Some kids are slow learners – see my other article on “drop-outs.” So…I guess if you start realllllllll early . . . . .

Judi

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avatar Marisag October 7, 2010 at 2:31 pm

Your fence is very obviously on your property. Even though the City put in the sidewalk, it sits on your property.. it’s your’s all the way to the street and half way INTO the street.

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avatar judi October 7, 2010 at 2:39 pm

Not according to OBak/s second answer to me. That’s what I thought also but…

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avatar Marisag October 7, 2010 at 2:32 pm

Where can I get a poster?

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avatar judi October 7, 2010 at 2:46 pm

I just emailed it to you. Judi

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avatar OBWarZone October 7, 2010 at 3:55 pm

put it in your window like the dork still hanging on to the boycott Starbucks sign on longbranch. News Flash: YOU LOST!

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avatar Danny Morales October 7, 2010 at 6:06 pm

Dear Zonie, By this you imply that we are no longer the ‘Home of the Brave’ but rather ‘Home of the Afraid’ – (Yes the class war is over-The rich have won!) b/t/w What war are you attaching your handle to anyways pilgrim?

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avatar OBWarZone October 8, 2010 at 1:53 pm

Settle down. Nothing like hippies holding on to the past. Newsflash, ya’ll are getting passed up. It’s like having a “Beat the Giants” sign on my window when the Padres already lost.

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avatar judi October 8, 2010 at 2:24 pm

What! You took the sign down? What about next year? Judi

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avatar OBWarZone October 8, 2010 at 2:41 pm

bandwagon baby, kinda like the sticker controversy

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avatar Danny Morales October 8, 2010 at 4:32 pm

I’ll settle down when YA’LL stop giving me news-flashes from the last inning. Why can’t YA’LL step up to the plate & contribute something to the present? Like the fat lady sings “it aint over till its over,Yogi”

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avatar judi October 7, 2010 at 4:03 pm

Ah, but in the window it is not as noticeable and doesn’t give me anything to bitch about. But…if I were meeker I might. Thanks for the suggestion.

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avatar Andy Cohen October 7, 2010 at 4:15 pm

That poster is SO classic!

Want one, yes I do!

But the reason it keeps getting torn down is that there’s a certain segment of society that just plain wouldn’t know what to do with themselves if they couldn’t spread fear, hatred, and bigotry around. I mean, anybody who’s “different” has got to be evil, right?

P.S.–Judi, could you post a link here for the poster, or is it not for public consumption?

Nice work!

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avatar judi October 7, 2010 at 5:17 pm

Just sent you the link. I have to check on posting the link. I know that there is a movement on to put it EVERYWHERE, so I’ll let you know.

You mean that “different people” are NOT evil? What a concept!

Judi

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avatar Diane5150 October 7, 2010 at 4:34 pm

It would seem that the skunk has got your goat.

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avatar judi October 7, 2010 at 5:20 pm

http://www.goats4h.com/lamancha.au

(Translation: How true that is!)

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avatar Danny Morales October 7, 2010 at 6:09 pm

What a great ringtone!!!

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avatar Diane5150 October 7, 2010 at 9:30 pm

Thanks for the chuckle.

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avatar judi October 8, 2010 at 10:03 am

Thanks for the idea! Judi

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avatar judi October 8, 2010 at 10:04 am

Yeah, but it would get old very fast!!! Can you imagine sitting at a tea-party protest and have the phone go off! TeeHee

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avatar Dave Patterson October 7, 2010 at 6:35 pm

Hi everyone
In Ramona we are using large posters 42’X54″ and larger to wage a war on fear. We’ll be on the side of the road tomorrow with our signs and contra-TeaParty information, trying to bring some sense to the population. Please get a copy of the poster and get it in every business window in town. A war on fear. We can win.

Dave Patterson
Ramona

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avatar Abby October 8, 2010 at 8:48 am

May I suggest a motion sensor hooked up to a lawn sprinkler?

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avatar judi October 8, 2010 at 10:06 am

How can that be done? The lawn sprinkler’s are close to the fence, but unless someone were there to see the light go off, I still wouldn’t know who – or what – was there. Maybe someone might get electrocuted. (Just kidding. I know the sprinkler would not be on!)

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