By Ashley Lodato
When Rust Road resident Tory DeSalvo told me that one of the Rendezvous signs off the West Chewuch Road is spelled “Rendezous,” with the “v” missing, I almost didn’t believe her. I drive that road frequently; how had I never noticed?
But indeed she is correct. What’s even more surprising is that across the street from the misspelled sign is an otherwise identical Rendezvous Road sign, spelled correctly. How is this possible? Are the signs hand-lettered?
I just picture someone in the county road sign shop barking out orders to a minion, “Don’t forget the silent ‘z’ when you get to those Rendezvous signs,” and the minion focusing so intently on remembering the “z” that he leaves out the not-at-all silent “v.”
After the 2014 Rising Eagle Road Fire, the Wandling Road sign burned, and a well-meaning county replaced it with a new sign that read “Wandering Road,” which when you think about it is completely understandable (what is “wandling” anyway?). Somehow this error was quickly noted and rectified, but the “Rendezous” Road sign has been posted for ages.
It reminds me of a time in college when some dorm-mates were designing our dorm T-shirt, which took its tag line from the Spinal Tap song “Stonehenge.” Accompanying the sketch of a miniature Stonehenge, our dorm planned to have silk-screened onto the T-shirts the quotation, “No one knew who they were or what they were doing,” which was supposed to highlight how profound and enigmatic we were.
But the way the quotation was actually submitted to the printer was “No one knew who they were or what they doing” (missing second “were”), so it turned out that the joke was on us — we had transcended enigmatic and ended up inscrutable. Luckily it was college, and no one else noticed.
Let me know if you see any other surprising street signs around the valley.
This next bit is Twisp news, and old news by now, but I don’t think any Winthrop people will mind if I say how sad we all feel about the Twisp River Pub fire on Monday (Feb. 29). If you’re a staff member or volunteer at any nonprofit in the valley, you know how generously and consistently the Twisp River Pub supports your organization. Once the smoke clears and the needs are known, I hope that we will all help support Aaron Studen the same way he has sustained the rest of us for so many years.