My blog is popular now!

Well, sort of.  I get about 20 comments a day….but they’re all spam.  Luckily WordPress catches most of them and flags them, but I think it still needs some work.  That’s okay though, at least SOMEONE’S reading :-)

It’s Friday night and I’m spending it in.  I have a feeling I’m coming down with the flu, so I’m calling it an early night and finishing my homework for Korean class tomorrow (almost done 선생님!), and maybe I’ll end up doing some work too…because my life is just that awesome.

I have a few pictures after the jump!

Lovely sign

Every time I drive back to Jersey, I love seeing this display.  It’s such a welcoming sign – “welcome back to the greatest state in the Union”; “welcome home”; “welcome back to the land of diners and awesome”.  Four short words can mean so much to one man.

…anyway.  On the way up, I saw this truck:

Black bear in the black forest

It’s the Black…Bear!  Of the…black…forest.

Someone explain to me how you can find a black bear in a similarly-colored forest?  Seems like he’d blend in.  Anyway, I have no idea what’s actually in that truck, aside from a (possibly) transparent bear.  Is it cold cuts?  Is it milk?  Is it bear?!

Who knows.

Free truck

Okay, as for this one, I saw this on the way back down to DC.  Here’s how the words look to me:

“Free of this moving truck, you list or buy through me!”

…So…is it that:

  1. If you list (your house) through him, you’ll be free of the moving truck (i.e. you won’t be forced to use it)?  Grammatically speaking, this is what the words on the truck say.
  2. If you list (your house) through him, you can use the moving truck for free?  This makes sense based on…well, reality.

But as the website seems to be gone now, I guess we’ll never know.  So I guess you could say we’re free of his website?


My final picture is one that I’ve always wanted to take, and will hopefully get a better shot of sometime soon:

In crisis!

This sign always gets me.  I think it’s for the suicide hotline, but I never understand why it’s plastered on the signs before you go over the NJ-Delaware bridge.  Are there that many people who decide that the best way to off themselves is into the Delaware river?  Or is it one of those “just in case” things?  Either way, it adds a certain somberness to that drive, every time I take it.


Aaaaaaanyway!  Time to finish my homework.

Night all!


PS I JUST FOUND THIS! You can make a font from your handwriting just as I did.



  1. Dave says:

    Did you know you can also stop before the toll booth and claim you’re scared to drive across and they will have someone drive your car across for you? At least, that’s what I’ve heard. I’ve never tried it.

  2. Chris Johns says:

    You know, I think I have heard of that. Looking in Google, I see at least a couple bridges in the area that offer it (Chesapeake Bay Bridge comes up first)…

    It used to be free, now it’s $25 or so.

  3. Flip says:

    I read your blog Chris – it’s not just spam. It’s spam and hate-mail… Lovingly…

  4. Chris Johns says:

    Thanks John. I love you too.

  5. David J. says:

    I would NEVER read your blog even if a — oh wait.

  6. Chris Johns says:

    Yeah, sucks to be you David J.

  7. Stephanie says:

    Apparently, a lot of people jump!

    In 2007, a 26-year-old woman was driving north on Interstate 95 in Fredericksburg, Va., when she pulled off on the shoulder, climbed onto the bridge over the Rappahannock River and leapt to her death.
    The same week, a 27-year-old man from Blaine, Minn., who allegedly had just killed his wife with a hatchet, jumped to his death from an overpass on Interstate 35 west near Minneapolis…. These are instances of what has become a common occurrence in the U.S.: Suicide — or threatened suicide — by highway bridge.

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