Irvine is a strange town.
I saw the EXACT same sign and was telling my boyfriend I found it weird and he found your blog… Comforting to know I’m not the only one who thinks so…
Dead grass in Irvine? Unthinkable.
The sign must be a plea, “Don’t send the Sandmen out, we’ll fix it!”
[...] Well, I finally found out the reason for the Grass Under Renovation signs. I passed a median where a road crew was setting out what I first thought was sod, but then realized was Astroturf. [...]
Grass Under Renovation and Fleeing the United States
The other day, Becky—my fiancee—and I were driving through the lovely, master-planned community of Irvine, California. Irvine is a weird place. Everything is just perfect in Irvine. Perfect fake blond hair. Perfect fake boobs. Perfect fake tans (it’s sunny most days). Perfect SUVs. Thousands of perfect homes that all look the same. All the perfect, little hyperactive brats gets perfect doses of psychiatric drugs from the perfect pharmacies located at any of the hundreds of millions of perfect strip malls. [...]
[ed. note: I hope you don't mind that I trimmed the comment to an excerpt. I figure there's no sense including the entire post in both places.]
Oddly, there aren’t too many comments on the web about these signs, though I’m sure tons people who’ve driven through Irvine are on the net. Aside from Kevin’s post at Cryptogon, I’ve found only two others: One post at (I’m losing my mind) Everything’s fine (via Google) and one at Xanga: Lillers717 (which I only found because she ganked our Bunny Xing photo.)
I saw the exact sign, searched the web for it since i wanted a picture, my friends would never belive me (am from England), only in Irvine would you find that, why does it have to be so perfect you have to have the need to tell people the grass is being worked on? At least even people who live in the area find it as odd as i do
[...] It turns out not all of the medians with Grass Under Renovation signs are being replaced with Astroturf. I drove past one at lunch today where the sprinklers were running. [...]
[...] Yes, they’ve actually replaced some of the grass with more grass, instead of astroturf. Here’s the same median where I took the original Grass Under Renovation picture. [...]
[...] retail real estate (and the remaining 5% is available for 99-year-lease, no more). Grass is “under renovation.” The toll roads stomp all over southern California’s natural beauty, then have the [...]
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A thirtyish California couple into sci-fi, the Internet, and the strangeness of the world.