A SIGN OF THE APOCALYPSE #12 – “GET YOUR KI . . . [OVER]”

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[On U.S. Hwy. 66 – West of Kingman, Arizona]

West of Kingman, Arizona, Route 66 straightens out for a few miles. A driver can wind it out here, as he crosses the high-plains desert with rugged mountains dead ahead.

I blew past this dilapidated sign, slowing down just enough to take a picture through the car window. Although some of the words were missing, I knew the sign was a reference to Bobby Troup’s American standard, “Get Your Kicks on Route 66.”

If you remember the television show, “Route 66” (1960-64), just about everything along this iconic highway reminds you of that song . . . and classic Corvettes. (The link, below, features Bobby’s tune and George Maharis, who co-starred in the television series.)

I was well past this sign when something told me I should pull over. Looking over my shoulder and using the telephoto lens on my little point-and-shoot camera, I saw that the sign had been “continued” on the reverse side!

Not only was this a JPG moment, it was, more importantly, another sign of the apocalypse!

Leaning out of the window, I took my shot.

As always, thanks for stopping by!

52 responses

  • *Tim Needles

    *Tim Needles gave props (10 Jan 2011):

    Awesome!

  • Kathleen Mercado

    Kathleen Mercado (Deleted) said (10 Jan 2011):

    I love it!

  • Debrah Leonard

    Debrah Leonard (Deleted) gave props (10 Jan 2011):

    I like the polaroid ~ scrapbook effect!

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield   gave props (10 Jan 2011):

    Hmmmm......I don't think I've ever gotten my kiicks! Oh shoot-----I was on 65!! No wonder! Another fab addition to the series, T!

  • Kris C

    Kris C gave props (10 Jan 2011):

    Love it!!

  • Thad Zajdowicz

    Thad Zajdowicz   gave props (10 Jan 2011):

    Truly awesome!

  • JanElle

    JanElle   gave props (10 Jan 2011):

    Super pictorial of the uniqueness of this area.. this has to be a 'one of a kind' sign..

  • Jim Ford

    Jim Ford (Deleted) gave props (10 Jan 2011):

    Wonderful layout....super images....works nicely.

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker gave props (10 Jan 2011):

    This brings back wonderful memories, Dick! We travelled that way twice when I was a kid. It was thriving then, and everyone knew about Route 66. The Disney movie, "Cars" deals with the decline of Route 66.

  • Jean Creamer

    Jean Creamer gave props (10 Jan 2011):

    Not many people take time for the old road signs anymore. Great shot!

  • Carlo Pagan

    Carlo Pagan gave props (10 Jan 2011):

    Fantastic composition!!!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (10 Jan 2011):

    Oh this is funny how the sign was split in two from one side to the other side of the road.... Road signs are interesting and I think we all be looking for them more now.after seeing the unusual ones on your site ..It is an art in itself.

  • daniele castellucchio

    daniele castellucchio   gave props (10 Jan 2011):

    wonderful comp!!

  • Michael Ball

    Michael Ball gave props (10 Jan 2011):

    Leave to Susan to be one road away from getting her kicks!! Fantastic info and shot Dick!!

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray   gave props (10 Jan 2011):

    What a find and I love the story thank!

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda gave props (10 Jan 2011):

    Great shot,great song,

  • Shirley Valencia

    Shirley Valencia said (10 Jan 2011):

    cool shot....We are thinking about a rt. 66 trip............... love all your shots of your trip birthday twin...................

  • Debbie Smartt

    Debbie Smartt gave props (10 Jan 2011):

    Great shot Dick!

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (10 Jan 2011):

    awesome., as always RV! no snow?

  • Leanna Lomanski

    Leanna Lomanski gave props (10 Jan 2011):

    LOL ..........awesome! I'm not sure whether you find great stuff or it finds you!

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett   gave props (11 Jan 2011):

    I remember both the song and the TV show. Great moment here, Dick!

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (11 Jan 2011):

    I could use a few kicks so I must go there one day. Very very cool shots BB!

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes   gave props (11 Jan 2011):

    I'm humming that song. Remember that show well. Thanks for the memories:)

  • peggy maguire

    peggy maguire said (11 Jan 2011):

    I remember the tv show,love the pics.....

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (11 Jan 2011):

    2012 approaches...

  • Bruce Miller

    Bruce Miller (Deleted) gave props (12 Jan 2011):

    Love the way you've made this collage Richard. The polaroid effect is ideal for this and the layering is terrific.

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight said (12 Jan 2011):

    Thank you, everyone, for your faves, props, and comments. I am glad you like the "scrapbook" look. I had to be a hundred yards past the sign when I finally pulled over, and using what Picasa calls the "picture pile" was the only way I could get the front and back of the sign lined up and with wording the same size. Thanks again.

  • Patty Gross

    Patty Gross (Deleted) gave props (12 Jan 2011):

    Great use of Picasa (I use it too)...but a fantastic step back into yesterday for all of us old enough to remember, Richard! I loved that show, and I love Rt. 66. I've been there several times in the distant past. This is such a very nostalgic scene which certainly causes us to remember, to reminisce about the past. Your narratives are always captivating and informative, and reminiscing is something I've really been into today, as the blizzard carries on outside.....I've been remembering the Ozzie and Harriet Show, which I loved as a teenager. David Nelson died today. Another hero from our past gone. Anyway, thanks so much for this memory from the good old days!!!

  • Maria Mutch

    Maria Mutch (Deleted) gave props (13 Jan 2011):

    So clever, Sir R --great comp here and a wonderful, jumbled find (love the white pipes, too). (And it really excites me that that show was YEARS before I was born... :)))))

  • P. Michael Bodigor

    P. Michael Bodigor gave props (13 Jan 2011):

    Seems like a great way to save on wood.

  • dp *

    dp * gave props (14 Jan 2011):

    Wonderful read and captures, I like how this worked out even befor the read 8-)

  • Betty Maxey

    Betty Maxey   gave props (14 Jan 2011):

    I missed this somehow! Great photos and narrative... and kudos for playing with Picasa !!!

  • Ron LaFond

    Ron LaFond   gave props (15 Jan 2011):

    Very 'neat' framing, Dick. I've been wanting to do the Route 66 road trip. Maybe I can talk Eloise into it. In the mean while, I get to live it vicariously through you. R

  • Joerg Schlagheck

    Joerg Schlagheck   gave props (15 Jan 2011):

    One of your best! I love that part of the old route 66.

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (15 Jan 2011):

    i love what you did with this! wonderful.

  • Jean Pierre Vacherot

    Jean Pierre Vacherot (Deleted) gave props (16 Jan 2011):

    Nice work

  • Suzanne McGeady

    Suzanne McGeady said (16 Jan 2011):

    Wow, what a moment! An iconic phrase lives on. Fantastic musical accompaniment!

  • Marco Martinez

    Marco Martinez gave props (16 Jan 2011):

    This reminds me of how sometimes my students run out of space to write and they continue the sentence somewhere else on the page. What a great find.

  • Nancy Richard

    Nancy Richard gave props (17 Jan 2011):

    Wow! I'm surprised at what you got!

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (18 Jan 2011):

    beautiful !!! great composition

  • Mark Andrews

    Mark Andrews gave props (19 Jan 2011):

    gr8 shot.

  • Yasmina Baggili

    Yasmina Baggili (Deleted) gave props (19 Jan 2011):

    Excellent capture

  • Steven Schutz

    Steven Schutz gave props (19 Jan 2011):

    Stellar shot and story...sign of the Apocalypse indeed...

  • eithne mythen

    eithne mythen gave props (20 Jan 2011):

    Excellent comp and love that colour..

  • Winky Vivas

    Winky Vivas (Deleted) said (21 Jan 2011):

    A wonderful image and narrative, Dick! I would love to drive that route myself. I too use Picasa and I find it to be outstanding photo editing software...

  • dana iordan

    dana iordan gave props (22 Jan 2011):

    : ))

  • Lise Utne

    Lise Utne   gave props (22 Jan 2011):

    Thanks for stopping and taking the photos for us!

  • Carl Kuntze

    Carl Kuntze gave props (24 Jan 2011):

    Brings nostalgic memories . Hitchhiked through 66 in the mid50's. Nice comp.

  • Gregory Mencotti

    Gregory Mencotti gave props (25 Jan 2011):

    How cool is this? Great find, Dick!

  • Warren ~Mangione~

    Warren ~Mangione~ gave props (26 Jan 2011):

    Signs of the apocalypse are every where these days. LOL Cool find, Dick!

  • Christopher J Chalk

    Christopher J Chalk gave props (3 Mar 2011):

    I recall that television show - :) Great collage Dick, it cracked me up !!!!!!!!!!!!!

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