Friday, September 17, 2010
Signboarding - Rose Hill
A couple of quick flashbacks...out Hwy 80, near the lake, the highway ran down a small hill with the lake on one side and Rose Hill Cemetery on the other. Before we started pairing off with the girls, a group of the guys often went out on Friday and Saturday nights to pass time and see what kind of mischief we could stir up.
Two small, yet memorable activities were to go signboarding along the highway. There was a large beer billboard on the south side of Hwy 80, that McCoy, I think, thought would be fun to pantomime. The premise was that it was a shame for the beer to spill out of the glass or pitcher, so we should try our best to keep it from spilling. Up the ladder we go, out the walkway, and the animated pantomime began. Most times we did that, a dozen or so cars would screech to a stop, pull off to the side and watch. When the crowd built up enough, we would climb back down and drive away before the cops came.
Almost across the road was Rose Hill, so either on other nights or maybe those same nights we would sometimes go into the cemetery and see if the place could scare us...most nights it did. Those days were before Lee Harvey Oswald was interred there. J.W. is there now but he wasn't with us those nights. Names like Cooper, Dillard, McCook, Shields, McCoy, Koebernick, Means, Scott, Tate, and Helmericks come to mind.