Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Trespassers W

My favorite sign that I come upon in my work commute is located on the fringes of the University of Minnesota. I am either walking or biking along and see a well made plaque posted to the corner of a large building. It reads:

Please trespass silently.

It's at once clever and faintly creepy, but most of all it seems like a kind of giving up. As if to say, "Fuck it, y'all are gonna be tramping through our yard anyway, the least you can do is keep your goddamn voices down a bit when it's two in the morning. And if you're going to be throwing a brick through a window have the decency to wrap it in an old t-shirt or something to muffle the crash. Some of us have to get up for work in the morning you know!"


  1. "Trespassers W" -- is that a Winnie the Pooh reference, or am I just brain dead from three days of driving?

    1. No, you got it in one! It's another famous sign on the subject, though in looking it up just now I think it might actually be "Trespassers will" which is short for "Trespassers William" who is, of course, Piglet's grandfather.


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