There was a lot of stupid out there on my walk today. It is sometimes difficult not to weep for a society that has based their educational premise on “teaching people to think” and then seeing what it is they actually think. We might want to go back and start teaching people some actual facts.

A while ago, the City of North Charleston had a sign up scaring off potential home buyers by proclaiming we are a high crime area and one needs to be vigilant. This large flashing lighted sign was in addition to the smaller signs posted throughout the neighborhood proclaiming this same message although the smaller signs have a bonus of having one side in English and the other in Spanish.

What is the major crime here at Wescott? People leave their cars in the driveway unlocked and overnight, they are broken into. Most of the houses here have two car garages, although there are some with a one car garage. In the “slum” section where the dwellings are all duplexes, there are no garages.

People don’t put their cars in the garages because their garages are full of things they really don’t need but apparently just can’t seem to part with. So instead, they keep their worthless junk in the garage and let their expensive cars sit in the driveway, unlocked and full of electronics and sometimes even wallets. Critical thinking skills are taught in college, right?

Today for my walk, I took a different route. There was a new sign placed by the City of North Charleston. And it made me think that people in the State of South Carolina might want to consider taking some classes in “How to Think” or something.

Here is the first sign one sees after turning onto Wescott Blvd. The street starts at Dorchester Road and bisects this neighborhood into several different regions, some on the west and some on the east. This right turn only sign is pointing people to the small street where the local K-6 school is located.

This is a list of all the various neighborhoods within Wescott Plantation. Since this is right at the beginning of the street, all the various neighborhoods are still ahead of you.

Now is the sign to turn to find this school.

After crossing the street, we come upon a sign placed by the Rotary Club to help us all remember to watch for the saintly, darling children who live here at Wescott, since they are our future. You might notice that the bottom small sign is all bent out of shape. This sign has not been hit and the larger sign is not bent. One, or at least this one, would assume that some of the darling children have defaced the sign.

And now here is what the City of North Charleston has done. They have placed a nice little sign telling people how fast they are driving on Wescott Blvd. Did you notice any speed limit signs prior to this? I took pictures of every available signage between Dorchester and this sign. There is nothing, until you see the inset in the mechanical device that tells any driver how fast they CAN go. There is just this sign telling people how fast they are going.

This speed limit sign will be removed when the mechanical device goes away.

And it is parked smack in front of the sign that tells people where various neighborhoods are. This is shortly before the street where one would need to turn in order to get to a variety of these places. So not only is there nothing to tell you how fast you can go; they have blocked the sign telling unfamiliar people how to get where they are headed. Critical thinking is taught in school, right?

I thought I was done with The Dumb at this point, but I am in the South and there is always more opportunity for stupidity to rear its ugly ass.

Someone was having a garage sale. They must have had lots of really good stuff because there were many, many cars “parked” near the place. This is on a bend in the curvy road built to attempt to keep people from speeding in the area. The garage sale was three houses from where the street I live on Ts into the main street to get in and out of the neighborhood.

This is someone’s “parking” job. You just sorta get close and stop and put the car in park and voila, you have parked your car. Our streets are as narrow as legally allowed, which means that a fire engine will fit with enough space for another fire engine to pass in the opposite direction. There isn’t a lot of extra room and we aren’t supposed to park on the street.

But this event was such as success that there were cars parked on both sides of the street. Well, there were cars abandoned on both sides of the street. The goldish truck is actually trying to navigate the place and luckily, the SUV coming the other way was back far enough for everyone to pass.

I would love to be able to say that here in South Carolina, we are alert and ready to face each day. Unfortunately, we haven’t mastered the idea that one needs to think in order to navigate the perils of life.