The Signs and Banners That Never Were

IMG_0699My neighbor has not displayed signs and banners from his porch in some time. Susan, his neighbor to whom his signs were directed has presumably finished her treatment and is doing well. Moreover, we know that the home owner’s association sent him a letter to stop hanging signs from his front porch because many of the neighbors complained. It is clear to me that this sign hanging neighbor has a creative urge to communicate to the public through the use of signs. It is equally clear to me that this urge has been squelched by the powers that be. I have to wonder, however, if this urge had not been squelched what new signs might we have seen?

WHAT SIGNS AND BANNERS MIGHT WE HAVE SEEN?

One has to wonder what new signs we might have seen displayed from my neighbor’s porch. Perhaps he might have found another neighbor who was suffering from a sickness or other misfortune to whom he might address a whole new series of signs. Perhaps he might start a running commentary on the current political situation. Perhaps he might continue his sign dialog (or monologue) with Susan on some topic other than her sickness and treatment.

The possibilities are literally limitless. Conceivably and idea could be translated into an image or words and then displayed from a sign. What if everybody started displaying signs from their porches to the people living across the street from them. What kind of world might evolve from that situation? What if we were all mandated by law to display signs from our front porch indicating our thoughts on various subjects? Obviously, in our free society, such a law would be unenforceable as well as unconstitutional. Still, we are free to speculate on what is, what is not and what might be.

Another Case of Water Damage Ogden

download (6)It is with extreme reluctance and a heavy heart that the Home and Garden Top 100 blog must report the existence of water damage Ogden this week. The water damage happened to a house in Ogden late on Monday evening. The water damage seems to be the result of heavy rains and the resultant flooding. Rising waters began to surround the house around 6:00 Pm in the evening. The inhabitants of the house did not see a reason to leave at that time but their anxiety levels were clearly rising. By 8:00 PM the water had risen to a level where it became apparent that the family should seek higher ground.

FAMILY ESCAPES WATER DAMAGE OGDEN

The family left their house around 9:00 PM with as many possessions as they could pack and carry with them. They found accommodations in a nearby town and waited out the rains. On the following day they returned to the house to assess the damage. Unfortunately the water seems to have inundated the first floor of the house as well as the basement. At first glance there appeared to be minimal structural damage. The most significant damage was to the sheet rock in the walls of the first floor.

The carpeting and wood floors on the first floor and in the basement will have to be removed and replaced. Obviously the saturated sheet rock will have to be removed and replaced as well. As of yet there does not appear to be any significant mold issues but that is always a concern after a house has undergone water damage. A mitigation crew has been assigned to the house. This crew will remove the damaged materials and deploy fans and heaters to dry out the affected areas of the house. By all estimates it will take a month or so to return the house to its pre-flood state.

The Axiomatic Essence of Signs and Banners

It is axiomatic that signs and banners exist to convey information to the people who view the sign or banner. By the very nature of a sign or banner it will convey whatever information it contains to whoever happens to see it. It is in its essence non-discriminatory in other words. Now, a sign or banner can certainly be placed in a location where it is more likely to be seen by a specific audience, however, the exposure to this particular audience is only a statistical likelihood and by no means a certainty.

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It is also axiomatic that signs and banners are non-interactive modes of conveying information to an audience. Put another way the person who views the sign or banner can not derive additional information from the sign or banner over and above that which is displayed within the content of the sign or banner. Of course with technology it is possible to design a sign or even banner that is more interactive through the use of electronic touch screens, however, the traditional sign or banner does not generally possess this ability.

 

Finally, even though a sign or banner displays information and is positioned in such a way as to be available to a specific intend audience there is no guarantee that said intended audience will react in the way the designer of the sign or banner intended. The audience might not see the sign or banner, for example. Even if the intended audience sees the sign or banner they might choose not to react to it either because they misconstrued the information displayed or the information was not compelling to them for whatever reason. Because all people possess

A Conversation with a Home Owner who’s House Suffered Water Damage

decorative gravelI understand your house suffered some water damage. Can you describe what happened and the damage it caused.

HO : Sure Jim. Yesterday it rained for ten hours straight. Now, our roof was in need of repair apparently and water leaked in. Some of my furniture and carpet got soaked. It is unclear whether there has been any structural damage. The room is smelling a little musty so there might be mold growing in there but I’m not certain about that.

What steps did you take to mitigate the water damage Utah?

HO : Well, we ripped out the carpet and cut out the section of dry wall that got soaked. We then put some fans in the room to dry them out. We will also have to get the roof looked at and see what kind of repairs will be needed there.

Did you call a contractor to come out and inspect the damage?

HO : We did. They have not gotten here yet but they claim they will come within twenty-four hours of the time the house suffers water damage Utah.

What will they do when they get here?

HO : Like I said, they will assess the damage and then take steps to fix the damage. We already did some of the work like ripping up the carpet, cutting out dry wall and setting up the fans. If we were not as handy as we are then I suppose they would have done all that. The next step is to find out whether there has been any structural damage. If there is then the cost of repair will be significantly higher.

You will probably have to get the insurance company involved if that is the case.

HO : Definitely. Not sure if the cost of repair will exceed the deductible without structural damage.

The Science of Water Damage

The water molecule is composed of two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom bonded together. It is the oxygen in this combination that is the reason water damage Utah will occur to houses and other structures. This is true because the oxygen atom within the structure of the water molecule has valences or the ability to bond to other atoms and molecules. When the oxygen atom bonds to other atoms or molecules it will change the atomic structure. This is the process by which water will cause metal to rust and wood to rot.

Water damage Utah also occurs to houses and other structures because water is an essential ingredient for life to form. This is also because of the valences available in the oxygen atom within the water molecule. This allows the oxygen to bond with the carbon atom which also possesses more valences than the typical atom. These extra valences allow carbon and water to form complex molecules with many different types of atoms. Life seems to be only possible through the formation of complex molecules. Mold and other life forms capable of damaging houses and other structures come into being through this matrix.

Water is neither good nor bad. It is a fact of existence. The behavior of water and the damage it can cause to houses and structures is simply a function of its molecular and atomic structure. Therefore when water damages a house or structure it is important not to take it personally. Rather, a homeowner must simply take the steps necessary and possible to mitigate and fix the damage the water has caused. Perhaps this admonition is easier said than done. Sadly, these steps are necessary within the reality in which we exist. Such is the nature of the imperfect material existence in which we find ourselves.