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It didn’t look like much as I drove by. Just a small orange  blur on the sidewalk in the place where the ‘Sign Guy’ use to sit. But, on closer inspection it was what I thought it just might be…a pumpkin carved with the big guy’s unmistakable handle.

I should have known. The Southampton ‘Sign Guy’ would never let Halloween go by without putting in an appearance either by proxy or in person. He just might be out there tonight.

If not – his spirit is.


'Sign Guy' in his Halloween costume.

Written by metropolitanhomesickblues

October 31, 2010 at 1:28 PM


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Ralph Dymer is back at his usual post.

Only this time the concrete bench has been replaced by a lawn chair and a TV Tray.

You will recall from my September 29 entry – The ‘Sign Guy’ Against The Establishment – that Ralph lost his beloved bench to disgruntled neighbours and Town bylaws. But he vowed to return. And he has. Out front – in his usual spot – waiting for the school buses so he can wave at the kids as they lean out the windows waving and calling out to him.

The lawn chair is a fair compromise. The TV Tray holds, among other things, his cigarettes and a portable radio. He’s not totally happy with the wobbliness of the old tray but he says he can’t complain. Ralph is just happy to be back acknowledging the honking horns and passers-by with a big smile.

Ralph plans to hold the fort until Thanksgiving. So come on by before disappears to hibernate for the winter.

Awesome indeed!

Written by metropolitanhomesickblues

October 4, 2010 at 4:29 PM