Posted by adiamondinsunlight on June 21, 2008
This is my last night in Lebanon – tomorrow I fly back to New York, leaving poor H to deal with all the unfinished bits I’ve stuck him with, like Aramex’ing the stuff that just wouldn’t fit into my luggage. I thought I live low on the earthly possessions food chain, but 90 minutes of solid packing and “oops, forgot THIS thing too!” had H raising his eyebrows.
“Don’t worry babe – this will only take twenty minutes”, he said, smiling, as we pulled away from my building to head up to his parents’ house. Grrr. I hate being quoted when the quote demonstrates how manifestly wrong I’ve been.
Luckily for me, I had packed my little camera (I have two: a tourist pocket camera and the big “I am a super-geek” film-style one) in my handbag. As we drove, I realized that I was about to have one last chance to photograph a sight that has always made me curious: the Dbayeh-Tripoli/Antelias highway signs.
Here they are from afar:
And here is a closer view:
What. On. Earth. Happened. To. These. Signs?
They’re fairly far off the ground, so my initial theory that a semi caught them doesn’t seem likely.
Plus, the metal pieces below (which in the US are designed to hold lights that illuminate the signs at night – not sure what their purpose is here!) are bent, but not twisted into different shapes as I think would have happened had they been caught on a truck roof.
Since my first trip north out of Beirut, I have been wondering about these signs. What could have bent them: A localized tsunami? A grumpy giant? The old Geant mega-shopping cart?
As I turned my camera to “playback” to view the photos I had just taken, H looked at me and smiled.
I know, he said. Its a mystery to me, too.
H has one more week to figure it out – he joins me in New York next weekend. Of course, he may not have much time for sleuthing after dealing with all the “sweetie would you mind” errands I’ve pressed upon him.
So if not, I’m looking forward to puzzling through this and many other Lebanon mysteries on my next trip back here.
And in the meantime, I have a whole backlog of posts to publish, on everything from yin-yang balconies to excess qaff’ing🙂.