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Anybody else finding flags on the road?(12 posts)

Anybody else finding flags on the road?Humma Hah
Nov 15, 2001 5:33 PM
I knew this was gonna happen ... all the US flags folks were putting on their dino-burner antennae were going to either get ripped to ribbons in the wind, or blown off.

Sure enough, I've found three on the side of the road, all the fairly large ones that have a sleeve that slips over the antenna. All have been in good condition (they are made to withstand the wind pretty well) but evidently did not stay on well. I kept the first, had to leave the second where it was due to hazardous traffic, and I picked up the third and gave it to a motorist who promised to give it a good home.

I'm proud of my country, and fly the flag at home, but I personally think flying one on your car is so abusive as to be disrespectful.
re: Anybody else finding flags on the road?Me Dot Org
Nov 15, 2001 9:35 PM
Haven't found one yet, but I know what you mean. Some of the post 9/11 flags are starting to look pretty ragged. A few more Rain/Sun cycles out here on the West Coast and I think we'll be seeing it.
amen!Duane Gran
Nov 16, 2001 4:57 AM
I'm with you on that issue. These flags are left in all sorts of weather, not to mention left hanging in the dark. It violates about every sense of patriotic decency with respect to flag display. Whenever I see a tattered and stained flag these days it makes me think about the patriotic leanings of people who gladly paid $2.99 at walmart for a flag but don't have the civics to treat it with respect.
good intentions are turning into x-mas lights left up all yearJs Haiku Shop
Nov 16, 2001 6:02 AM
yep, i'm not sure about how critical i'd be about folks showing their national pride, but their patriotism is starting to fall off their cars and the flag is just laying on the roadside. i picked up three on my last commute to the long group ride. passed two others that were only shards. sad.

strikes me as the same folks that have holiday lights stapled to their eaves in june. it was pretty dared patriotic at first, but now (many) people are doing it because they don't want to be left out. i have all the ones i've found on the road (numbering 6+ over a handful of rides) up in the haiku bike shop next to the big one.
Thank You!JS
Nov 16, 2001 7:50 AM
The owner of my company was handing out those car flags and I said no thank you because I felt they were a bit disrespectful, it might as well say Lakers on it. Well he told me half jokingly not to park my car in the company lot.
did a column on it. You oughta see the hate mailcory
Nov 16, 2001 8:43 AM
I wrote a column about that for my newspaper--took the tone that if the flag was a sacred symbol when you tied it to the antenna of your SUV, it was still a sacred symbol two weeks later when it fell off in the car wash. I'd been riding in Monterey and saw dozens of flags on the ground, in gutters etc. The hate mail is still trickling in because I showed a "lack of respect" for writing about it...
I was quite surprised and sad when I saw the first one.MB1
Nov 16, 2001 8:55 AM
They are getting to be pretty common on the side of the road. How about all those flags hanging from overpasses left to rot. A whole bunch of somebodies aren't thinking about what they have done.
re: BE THANKFUL WE FIND FLAGS!Broke Spoke
Nov 16, 2001 9:27 AM
And be thankful that we are finding flags! What if we were not! Come on, let's keep a little perspective about this issue! That "WELL INTENTIONED PERSON" did there part, as they saw it, in supporting there country. Why don't we do our part, by simply picking these flags up and disposing of them in a respectful manner? I, also have found these flags, and was very glad I did. You know, not everyone can afford the best made flag, of the best material, as you would apparently wish, even if they were available. Please keep in mind that most people are not schooled in "FLAG ETIQUETTE" and thus fly there flag from the "heart" for the love of there country! Thank God they do.
Very truekenyee
Nov 16, 2001 11:45 AM
I had wondered what happened to patriotism. It seemed our country had become one tabloid story after another (blow jobs, lies, bombing countries for fun, more deceipt, murder, etc.) before this. Now you have people helping each other, treating firemen as unsung heroes, etc.

I hope enough flags last to remind people that the flag stands for freedom and justice for all (I've always questioned whether people even care about our freedoms any more).
I will say I'm VERY proud of the American people ...Humma Hah
Nov 16, 2001 5:00 PM
... this time around. While they're sloppy with flags, I'm hoping posts like this will educate them to do better, but overall I'm delighted with two things:

1) They've pulled together better than I have ever seen in my 48 years. They're probably about as united as WWII.

2) They're showing enormous common sense, restraint, and understanding regarding just who the enemy is and what to do about it. There's little hate involved, just a firm determination to carefully root out the bad guys without declaring war on an entire religion. I've never seen this country so SMART!
There was random hate at the startkenyee
Nov 16, 2001 9:33 PM
At least in the Boston area, there were stories like:
- middle eastern women chased down Newbury St. (an upscale shopping area for those not from here) by a few guys w/ baseball bats
- some gas station was burned by some kids who want to teach a middle-eastern person a lesson (the attendant was Indian if I remember right)

I'm surprised Bush/Cheney have excercised so much restraint. Ditto w/ Guiliani. All went on to say that not all middle-easterners are bad guys and even threatened prosecution for those racists who abused them.
Didn't know you were that old, Humma :-)
There was some here, too ...Humma Hah
Nov 17, 2001 8:08 AM
... out of 260 million people, a few are sure to be idiots. I was actually quite pleased to find out how little, and how quickly the vast majority recognized the value of restraint, and that Islam is not the enemy. Considering the magnitude of the terrorist acts, I have to say this country has grown up!