Have you ever wondered what city planners were thinking when they named streets? I was driving home today and found myself stopped at a light on the corner of Antonio and Banderas. Gotta tell you, it wasn't as sexy of an intersection as I felt it should be.
But this happens all the time. Totally unfortunate street names that you say to yourself, "why"? On what planet is that ok?
When I drive to my sisters house I pass a street called "Po Avenue". Now, I don't want to go into how many different ways this is wrong, but just say that to yourself for a moment. "Hi, yes, I live on Po Ave"...I just think...that would kind of suck.
In addition to street names, I feel there are towns all over the country that just scream "Inside Joke". I lived in South Florida for a few years, and one of the most expensive areas was "Boca Raton". WTF. That literally means, Rat's Mouth***. Why the fuck would you want to pay a shit-ton of money to live in a Rat's Mouth. In fact, I would spend top dollar just to stay as far away from a rat's mouths as I could. I read in an article about a town called Blue Ball. I mean, clearly that guy was just bitter.
So what do they do, just sit in a room with a beer and think, "You know what would be really funny? What if we called the city "Shiznit" because that would sound awesome on a postcard." In any case, google "Unfortunate City Names" if you want a good laugh...or a bit of disappointment at the lack of creativity of some of the city namers. I personally think if I had to name my town it would be called Funky - just so I could sing the song every time I filled out my address. Won't you take me to...
***UPDATE - apparently, Boca Raton, although literally translated does mean "Mouth Mouse", sources claim that "mouth" refers to inlets and that it was talking about a series of jagged inlets. Whatever, I wouldn't claim to be the Rat's Mouth either.
Foul mouthed, outspoken and pretty much an eternal realist.