Friday, August 8, 2014

Dueling Road Signs

Sometime in the past couple of days, a new road sign appeared at the corner south of our house. Cue up the "Dueling Banjos" song: It's been going in my head since I saw the contradictory mile markers at the corner.

According to the new Stafford County sign, I live on NE 150th Ave., just north of its intersection with NE  40th Street.
But Reno County put their signs up several years ago. For the longest time, I thought I'd been living  on South Salt Marsh Rd., just north of the intersection with West Illinois Ave.

I have a Sylvia phone, but a Stafford address. Sort of. I have a Reno County street address, but a Stafford zip code. Confused? Welcome to my world.
Let's hope the Reno County sign stays together. Randy and I noticed that there's yet another street name sandwiched between the Salt Marsh designation. If that front sign falls off, I guess I'll be living on Trails West Road ... just not really.

It's not the first time I've had to explain this anomaly. I live right on the Stafford/Reno County line, but our house is on the Reno County side. 

The latest explanation came when I voted early at the Reno County Courthouse prior to the primary election. When the election workers looked at my driver's license, they said, "You live in Stafford, but you can vote in Reno County?"

Yes. I can. Most of the time, I vote in Sylvia, and they are used to my mixed-up world. In all honesty, I'd prefer to exercise my patriotic duty in Stafford County because I'd rather vote on the school board elections where our kids and Randy went to school. I'd rather vote where we go to church, do our banking and other business. But, that's just life on the County Line.

The good news? With all these signs, I should be able to find my way home - at least for the moment. No telling what will happen if the signs all fall over. (I think I'd be OK. As a farmer's daughter and a farmer's wife, I've pretty much lived in the land of no street signs my whole life.)

(If you now have a hankering for Dueling Banjos, there are plenty of versions on YouTube. Click on the link to see Steve Martin and Kermit the Frog's version.)


  1. Wow that is confusing no signs here either I think I like that:) Hug B

    1. We were getting along fine without them, but maybe they'll help people find us. :-)

  2. That's funny!
    You can't find our place on GPS! We have a ritzville address, but GPS says we live in benge or Washtucna , which is 30 miles away! Lol!
    I kinda like that though. :)
    Our mailbox is 3 miles away!
    Love it.