Monday, September 29, 2008

A Ruby Warning

Ruby Tuesday is here. RED seems to be a color that is used to make us pay attention, like the bright red octagon of a STOP sign. Red is a big part of the ‘DO NOT ENTER’ road sign. Red buoys in channels help ships steer sharply by shallow shoals.

Okay, these labels are seen on the arm of my Braun wheelchair lift on the Club Wagon. Until yesterday, I hadn’t even read the placards which were presumably placed there for my safety. And this lift was installed in July 2001. (Don’t be too judgmental here…have you ever actually read every safety label on a ladder? I didn’t think so!).

Not that I would do something dumb like touching mechanical parts while in motion. That would go beyond uncouth, straight into the realm of stupid. Although I clearly violate the label with wheelchair guy on it...I ride the lift up facing inward. Yet I have survived even that!

Thanks as always to Mary for the hosting. Red abounds all around every Tuesday, and check the entries out...you'll be glad you did.


25 comments:

Queen-Size funny bone said...

the rule is always READ RED!

Felisol said...

Dear Ralph,
funny,
I've just got a sign that let me park on handicap spaces. It's valid in all Europe, but it's pale blue. Not easy to spot when I am coming walking out of our car.
Though I am thankful for still having some use of my legs, and even now and then am wearing high-heeled shoes, i do not want to be taken for a cheater.
Moral: Look to America and make those signs red!
From Felisol

Mojo said...

@Felisol: When I had my knee surgery in 2001 I was given a temporary handicapped tag for parking purposes that was red on white. The permanent ones (at least here in NC) are actually a medium blue (also on white).

Ralph, if you think the warning labels on your lift are stern, you should read the ones on the lifts on the city buses here. they warn of all manner of dire consequences in an assortment of colors. The expected red-on-white labels, but also the yellow and black "barrier markings" to cordon off passengers while the lift is in operation. But all they really need to do is crank the thing up and the sound alone would scare off all but the most foolhardy.

Oh, and modern day hockey nets are all set on "Marsh Pegs" which allows the net to dislodge if a player runs into it full steam ahead. It's probably not going to feel good hitting a steel bar at that speed, but it keeps the serious injuries to a minimum. A good stay-at-home defenseman can prove to be a much more effective deterrent to marauding forwards than the threat of injury from the net in any event.

Jim said...

Reminds me of the prescription contradictions/interactions and side effects warnings.
I love those signs you found. (And glad they were red.)
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napaboaniya said...

Not only rules/warnings/notices are red....even my bill statements are seeing red!! *lol*
Yes, I do read those warning labels. Pretty hard to miss them with the reds! :P
Happy Ruby Tuesday~

Dora said...

U're so observant! ;)

People with Cameras said...

Red for all the important stuff, that's for sure.

~Just Me~ said...

Rules in red, red rules!!

Bobbie in Hawaii said...

Do they reflect as well? That would catch your eye even better than red and white. Happy Ruby Tuesday.

Carletta said...

Oh Ralph,
You know men don't read directions! :)
Be sure and stay safe.

Yen said...

I pretty much read every signs and never thought they're useful even in RT:) Nice shot there! Be safe~Mine is posted HERE. Happy RT!~

Patti said...

Ralphie,
Great alliteration there!

And Carletta is right ~ men, directions?? I think not.

Kimmie said...

Hi Ralph!
I like the signs. The red is great in them.

Happy Ruby Tuesday!

Columbo said...

Reds rule for sure. Nice posting and great commentary to make us think. Have a great RT.

ellen b said...

Red warnings are good ones to heed! Have a great Tuesday...

Ivanhoe said...

O.k. you got me. I never read any labels either :o)
But as someone soggested, we should start reading at least the red ones ;o)

jaejae said...

there you go! love red signs of all kinds!

Bond said...

I might have to call the label police on you....Always read the labels!

bwahahahahahahahaha

surrrrrrrrrrrrrrre!

BABYLONEZOO said...

Belles photos pour le ruby Tuesday

Grandma Faith said...

I guess they selected red because it's such a pretty color, so maybe people will notice the warning. Okay, we notice, we photograph, maybe we obey, maybe not. Be careful.

Dianne said...

great shot!!

I just read an airbag warning on my car and I've had it since 95

Becky and Gary said...

OK, I wonder just how many REDS I haven't payed attention to over the years! Good advise. Happy RT.

the teach said...

Great post, Ralph! And be very careful loading yourself onto the SUV! Happy Ruby Tuesday! :)

Roger said...

Good one Ralph nice RT!

Hildegarde said...

Red for warnings, that's true and red is an eyecatcher. Reminds me of when I learned about colors but why red is so dominant I do not recall, so I will google it. Good that you survived !! Interesting post with a sense of humour !