Wednesday, May 1, 2013

X/Alphabe-Thursday

At the border between the U.S. and Canada

X here means do not use this lane as it is closed.  No, the open lanes do NOT have Os over them, sort of like the Xs and Os at the ends of love letters.

I just knew you were gonna ask, so I'm gonna tell you. If the lane is open, the X is turned off and the big box above lights up with words such as "buses only", "cars only",  "trucks only"...you get the picture.

One line through something in the circle means no

Since an X has two lines, does that mean it's an even stronger NO?

Gate leading to private beach on lake Ontario

I can take a hint. Well, it was a steep stairway down so I didn't want to go through the gate anyway.  :)

I am linking to Jenny Matlock at Alphabe-Thursday HERE 

51 comments:

Jacquelineand.... said...

Reminds me of the oldie "Signs, signs, everywhere there's signs..."

Muffy's Marks said...

Some places are not welcoming you with open arms. Only because they don't know you. No trespassing now, you hear?

RuneE said...

"X" absolutely mark(s) the spot(s)!

see you there! said...

The traffic lanes at the various bridges in the Bay Area just use red and green lights like ordinary stop lights. I like that gate even though the message is "stay out".

Darla

Sandra said...

never thought about the question of the x being a stronger no, maybe they should put and x instead of a slash. as for that beautiful gate, if i see a gate like this with no sign i would never consider going through it, but when i see one that says private or keep out i WANT to go through it just to say i did

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

That is a cute gate and I would have been tempted to go through it. But I wouldn't have.

Pamela Gordon said...

Great 'X' photos for the theme this week. I like that gate. Have a great day!

~✽Mumsy✽~ said...

You've found some cool X signs!!

TexWisGirl said...

you made me chuckle. :)

Judy said...

Great gate! and Great finds!

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Oh, I'd be so tempted to open that gate. Must be nice to have a private beach area. :)

Judy said...

That is interesting to me. We have only crossed the border at very small stations and there were no lanes and no lines to wait in. I love traveling in Canada. I only wish we could do it more often.

Crafty Green Poet said...

nice photos, that gate is very pretty

Lowell said...

You Canadians can be so confusing at times. X or O ... sounds like a computer program.

Doesn't look like there is much of a beach beyond that gate. Maybe a hurricane blew it away like they do in Florida?

BTW, saw another Ontario car heading north. "Kinda late, going home?" I yelled at the driver.

Nah, I didn't do that.

Gillian Olson said...

Cute post.

Snowcatcher said...

I've seen lights such as those, in Seattle, I believe. This was an incredibly clever post. I haven't done an alphabet meme, but you make it look fun!

llandudnopictures said...

The joys of driving, always a sign somewhere to confuse!

Karen said...

Terrific gate shot, I might have gone through it.

RedPat said...

Perfect for X, EG!

Stephanie said...

I like the look of the gate.

Janie said...

That's a pretty little gate, but kind of a shame you couldn't explore the beach beyond.
I'm glad you explained the cryptic sign at the border. Who knows, I might actually be there trying to figure it out one day.

Giga said...

X to dla mnie niewiadoma. Kusi mnie furtka na plażę, szkoda, ze prywatną. Pozdrawiam.
X is for me unknown. I'm tempted gate to the beach, I wish to private. Yours.

myfluffybunnies said...

Love the second shot. Such a subtle X.

veredit - isabella kramer said...

very creative conception - lovely shots!!

xo, veredit

LONDONLULU said...

X marks the spot and O's round it off! Nice collection of finds:)

Birgit said...

What a perfect X post -- I love that gate. And -- I would go through it. :) I guess I am a little rebel at heart. ;)

A Creative Harbor said...

Love that gate photo ~ fantastic for X ~ ^_^

A Creative Harbor said...

Love that gate photo ~ fantastic for X ~ ^_^

edenhills said...

What wonderful X's!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I don't do the alphabet meme (yet anyway), but I can't imagine anyone finding any better pics for this difficult letter! Very cute post!

Naperville Now said...

the gate shot is so great (I think I would've at least peaked). Creative X post! But your posts always are.

Michelle said...

I also love the gate shot!

Shammickite said...

I wouldn't want to get stuck trying to jump over that gate.

George said...

You did a great job with the 'X' theme. I'm glad you didn't venture down the path past the gate.

Jim said...

You've found some good traffic control X's, Ms. T.G. The round international 'NO' sign seemed to be jumping around for me. Does it for you?
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Susan said...

What a pretty gate! I was thinking that the X marks the spot. I know, dumb!

Cezar and Léia said...

Very interesting post about X signs, I like a lot the white gate, it's beautiful!
Léia

Lmkazmierczak said...

Enjoyed your post♫ Yes, the X is a stronger message...the O crossed through is a softer message. Love your eXamples!! My X: http://lmkazmierczak.blogspot.com/2013/05/exclamations.html

jabblog said...

Oh, to have a private beach - but really that approach is far too steep;-)

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

Wouldn't it be lovely to have a private beach...

Judy said...

I never thought that the opposite of the X is an O, and why they don't use that symbol... I guess I am not quite as warped as I thought...

Lola said...

In the UK we're surrounded by signs!

Great, creative post for *X*– superb pics!


Visiting from Alphabe-Thursday, here’s mine!

Lola said...

In the UK we're surrounded by signs!

Great, creative post for *X*– superb pics!


Visiting from Alphabe-Thursday, here’s mine!

JDaniel4's Mom said...

I love the gate! I wouldn't have thought of it meaning closed.

Debra @ Homespun said...

GREAT GATE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) :)

Esther Joy said...

It's been a couple of years since I crossed that border... My sis has been coming to see me, but when my parents were alive and living in Canada, it was us making the trip up there.

Hilary said...

The only problem with going down those private stairs is having to come back up them again.

Granny-Guru said...

I've always loved the form of taking pictures of letters. You've taken it to a new level. Beautiful.

Pondside said...

From what I understand, there will be more big X's at the border crossing with the US cutbacks. I'll bring my knitting with me for the wait!

Scudds Harrison said...

Woop woop! Cool find! Spot on :)

Have a lovely weekend.
Hugs x
Scudds

Jenny said...

I love your philosophy on two lines through the circle.

I've never thought about 'no' in that way before!

This was really an x-cellent link for the letter "X".

A++++

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