A ROSE IS A ROSE,
Went looking for a street name the other day, and after finding it, I was
curious if the same street existed a decade ago. Dug out an old
Brothers guide and started perusing the index. Then it hit me. These names are
almost all “appropriate”. Being a nut case who lives to play with words, I
went looking for the in-appropriate ones. Cheeese!!
Of course, you’ll find “
” and “Easy Street” but those are under the “appropriate” label. Of
course, all the names here are state names;
… ahh, never mind. A few were the kinds of words that conjure up diseases and
conditions. There was
… named perhaps after a disease which was cured in the ‘40’s.
! “Huh?” Oh, never mind, just turn right! Up in
there is a short street in the Oriental area of town named “
” and yes, it’s a one-way street! ...so you can go the wong way on it!
Then, logically (logical to me at least) the names you couldn’t
get past the city planning commission under any circumstances started to pop
into mind. For instance, what business would be willing to locate on “Wait
Street” or “
” The Ford dealer in
was located on “
” but then they changed the name! Only banks and medical offices could be
placed on “
” and you will have problems naming roadways “
” or “
”. I doubt you’ll find “
” or “
I live right at the corner of
. Uh-uhh! Not going to find “
”, “Dirty St.”, “Smelly Street” either – probably just as well!
“You live WHERE?”
Imaging a huge skyscraper in a business and finance district located on
“Dirt Road” near “Narrow Path”. Now there may be a specialized sports
business that would locate its headquarters on “
”. In some cities you can actually go the intersection of “First” and
But I defy you to find businesses on “
” or “
” or “No Way” although in Rancho Mirage there was a street named
“None-Such St.” I think they re-named it – maybe “Yes-There-Is-Too” ?
there is one called “
”. Up near Jurupa there is “Down” Street and not far away, “Upper”
Road, but they probably had a different connotation when they were named than
today! There is a street in
called “Dead End” but it’s not. And would you open your advertising
business on “
”? Somebody in
Now, this article is finished. That means it’s time to switch your
brain back to normalcy… try to relax… breathe slowly… focus! There!