Thursday, May 24, 2007

Interesting Traffic Signs of Panamá

A break from the Anglican Communion Stuff

I really like the traffic signs here in Panama; some are quite different than those we have in California. Panama is the only country where I have seen any of these; we didn't see them in Costa Rica or Mexico, and I don't know if they have the same signs in Guatemala or Brasil (I'm counting on our Correspondents in Guatemala and Brasil to let us know), but I thought I'd share a few of them with you.

Click on photo if you want the really-big, super-groovy, fill-up-your-screen view. If you don't want that, FOR GOD'S SAKE, DON'T CLICK ON THE PHOTO!!

2. A closer view of this important sign
3. PROUD PEDESTRIAN XING Look at the butt on that pedestrian!
4. DON'T HIT STRANGE TROPICAL FOREST CREATURES This sign is on the road to Gamboa.
6. MILITARY-STYLE HATS ARE OKAY! If there was a red line across the circle, this would be the International Traffic Sign for NO MILITARY-STYLE HATS Actually, this is in front of the Police Station in Gamboa, and I've never seen this sign anywhere else.
7. CRASH HERE! My nephew Richie asked me about this sign on his first visit to Panama, and being the Brutally Truthful Person that I am, I told him that if one has an accident in an area with the CRASH HERE sign, no one is held responsible and one's insurance company must pay without raising one's rates. Of course, he doesn't believe anything I tell him anyway, so no trauma ensued. Actually, the sign warns one that many accidents have taken place in this area, so be careful, and, of course, no one ever is.
8. A closer view of this important and often ignored sign. I love those impact lines!


Matty Boy said...

Really buff, probably naked futbolistas hangin' out, if you know what I mean.

As for the proud pedestrian, I really don't know what to make of that. Besides the butt, there's the curvy arms and stick straight legs with right angle feet. Looks like some mutant version of Rock 'Em, Sock 'Em Robots.

Saint Pat said...

I love your signs! They are definitely kewel.

Remember the old hippie rock song, "Signs, Signs, everywhere the signs, 'do this, don't do that,' can't you read the signs?"

I esp. like crash your car HERE.

Anonymous said...

Live from Guatemala (well, almost, it's getting late), this is your Correspondent Leonardo Ricardo on Second...anyhow, NOPE, ain't seen none nowhow (actually, I'm not even certain we have ANY road signs other than "Tumulos" and "Pare").

Grandmère Mimi said...

The soccer players signs are hilarious, as is the butt on the walker. I would have taken the crash sign to mean, "You must crash at the next street."

Eileen said...

Actually - looking at the overall forms of proud pedestrian and buff football player - I'd guess the same strongly butted individual was the model for both of these.

Check out the butt bulge on each. The curving swing of the rear arm.

Coincidence? I think not.

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