Black Dawn

Fried egg?The great controversy over the meaning of the Calabasas street sign [right] has been resolved to the satisfaction of all.

The dispute began when Daughtergirl vehemently opposed my description of the sign as a “galero” or “cardinal’s hat”. This, she asserted, was precisely the mistake made by the unimaginative “grandes personnes” in Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince. The sign, she insisted, far from advertising galeros, instead warned of elephant-eating snakes.

She cited chapter and verse:

My drawing was not a picture of a hat. It was a picture of a boa constrictor digesting an elephant.

She went on to quote Saint-Exupéry’s somewhat harsh words concerning “grandes personnes” who cannot see the obvious.

I was rattled, but not fully convinced. Examining the original text, I discovered the author’s illustrations of the elephant in the boa — one from the outside of the snake and one showing a sort of x-ray view of the elephant within the snake — and they appeared lumpy, not perfectly symmetrical as in the Calabasas road sign.

Judge for yourself:

Note unequal heights of upper curves.

After much discussion and weighing of the various options we finally agreed on a compomise: the sign, we jointly declare, depicts a turtle on a skateboard.

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