To the dozens of people that follow my posts on the Purevision blog religiously, I’m sorry but today’s post will not be Demystifying Photo Techniques:HDR: Part 2: The Tutorialing, but in fact a more compelling story of how true love can blossom even in the harshest of environments. Or it’s going to be the ramblings of a madman over-analyzing and trying to make sense of a trivial billboard in the middle of Edmonton’s Northend. I haven’t quite decided yet.
Anyways, during my quinquennial trip to the doctor this week, I happened upon a most unusual sight. Now I like to think that I’m pretty familiar with the billboards that are posted around our fair city. There’s the Terry Paranych victory board, the usual saucy Ranch billboard, and a whole whack of radio stations trying to prove their worth in an era of iPods and Sirius. This one however, caught me off guard.
I had to turn around to snap a photo of it to prove to myself it was real. The people behind me didn’t appreciate my sudden e-brake u-turn in the middle of the street, but that’s why we all have insurance right?
I stood there staring at this billboard for what seemed like seconds, (probably because it was). I had so many questions for the owner, firstly:
How do you think this girl is going to contact you?
There is a HUGE assumption of wealth here. Just because Rupert over here
can afford to rent out a billboard for a girl he saw at the LRT station, doesn’t mean she can afford to write one back. He didn’t leave any contact info on the billboard for her to respond to. That seems like pretty shoddy planning on his part. The fact that he saw this girl on public transit probably means she doesn’t have $2000 to drop on a response billboard. I get it, Rupert doesn’t want to give out the digits to his gold-plated iPhone to every Jane Doe about town, he’s interested in Red Scarf Girl, and that’s it! As long as she’s rich.
What’s going to happen if she does post a response billboard?
Maybe I’m being too cynical. This could be the greatest love story of our time! It could eventually be turned into a movie starring Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts and have one of those trendy ambiguous names.
These two people, living in the same city, willing to display their love in the most public of settings, will destiny ever bring them together? Sorry, sidetracked, back to my original question, what if she does post a response? How well is that going to go?
The $2000 might be least of her worries, which brings me to my next question,
How does he know she’s going to see it?
I saw this billboard on the corner of 111 ave and 156 st. Let me give you a bit of an idea where that is in relation to Grandin station.
This seems like an awfully random place to put a billboard confessing your love for a complete stranger. The logical place would be, I don’t know… Grandin Station? Maybe a Red Scarf Store? You know two things about this girl Rupert, the fact that she once took the train at Grandin, and that she might have a penchant for red scarves. Then again, maybe Rupert knows something we don’t. If that’s the case, Red Scarf lady needs to be scared, very scared, because Rupert already knows where you live.
Or maybe this is just a teaser campaign for some dating service that caters to rich men with an unhealthy obsession with public transit. That business model is as random as an obedience school that caters to vegetarian cats with learning disabilities.
If anyone knows Tom Hanks (or Julia Roberts, but preferably Mr. Hanks) tell them to e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to get a full script for Lady In Red.