o, for the past 3 years I have been driving the same 30 mile commute to and from work every day. This commute takes me through the lovely farm lands and prairie scenes that comprise central Illinois.
However, there is one sight along the way that has completely perplexed me over the years. It kind of “jars” the senses a bit. Or, it at least takes your eyes off of the never ending vastness of corn for a moment. And, I cannot, for the life of me, figure out why anyone would have the following sign next to their mailbox at the end of their driveway:
Yes, you read right. Coon Hunt.
Now, in case the pictures don’t do it justice, this is a professionally made sign. It is affixed to a 4X4 and is even two-sided. I’m sure that is because you wouldn’t want passersby going east to not know there is a “Coon Hunt” here and vice versa. In case readers are wondering, no, this sign was not posted by the same people that chose the slogan, “Slow Down Pole Lickers” back in December 2005 (Midwestern Meditations, Vol.1 Issue 4)
Am I missing something? Is there some secret Coon Hunting society that I don’t know about? Surely it’s a joke, right? Surprisingly enough, this sign was not seen in Arkansas. And no, this sign is not pointing down some lonely road to some backwoods Coon Hunting Lodge. No, it’s right in front of a home and nothing more.
Oh, I almost forgot. During my years driving past said sign there was one interuption in its display for about 6 months. During that time, the sign was covered up with another professionally made sign that read, “Fresh Eggs”.
Questions abound. Why “Coon Hunt”? Why cover it up for 6 months with “Fresh Eggs”? And then finally, why go back TO “Coon Hunt”?
Yeah, I don’t know either.