Spell check


(Camera: Nikon D300.  Lens: Nikkor 17-55mm @ 28mm. Exposure: 1/500th sec. @ f/8. ISO: 200)

I shouldn’t be one to talk, because I’ve misspelled more than my share of words (as managing editor Donald W. Blount can verify), but I saw this portable traffic message sign on Morada Lane near Holman Road in north Stockton and I had to take a picture of it


(Camera: Nikon D300.  Lens: Nikkor 70-200mm @ 98mm. Exposure: 1/500th sec. @ f/7.1. ISO: 200)

It informed drivers of the closure of Marada Lane near the Union Pacific railroad tracks for road work between West Lane and Holman. According to the sign, the construction started on July 13 and is scheduled to conclude on Today, and drivers should use an alternate route.


(Camera: Nikon D300.  Lens: Nikkor 70-200mm @ 160mm. Exposure: 1/500th sec. @ f/9. ISO: 200)

Curious, I drove around to the West Lane side via Eight Mile Road to the north to see what the sign on that side was like. It too used Marada instead of Morada, but did the first sign I saw one better (or is it worse?). Rather than showing “Use Alt. Route” it read “Ude Alt. Route.” It looks like I’m not the only one who has a long way to go before they’re declared the world’s spelling chimp chump champ.

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