When I put Item #16 ("a sign in a language other than English") on the 2014 Summertime Photography Scavenger Hunt list this year, I knew it would be pretty easy for me. I live in such a diverse, multicultural area. I figured I would grab some signs in San Francisco's Chinatown or one of the signs down in the Harbor directing Japanese tourists where to get various types of fresh fish. So, I was a little surprised when I stumbled upon a different response. One I found yesterday when I went to vote.
All the voting signs in California are printed in English, Spanish and Chinese. This is a little controversial as many people think that, if you're an American, you should learn English. I have a different take on it. I want educated voters. People who have studied the issues and know their rights. If a significant number of these people only understand Spanish or Mandarin (or Cantonese), then I want materials available to them in a language they can read. In addition, as citizens and taxpayers, they are just as affected by the outcome of elections as anyone else. They deserve to have the franchise available to them in a way that is accessible. Anyway, I know this is a bit controversial, but I would be interested in other people's respectful responses.
In other potentially controversial scavenger hunt thoughts . . .
Gnomes! Who knew they were so popular? It's probably the item I have seen posted most often this first week. I included the item because there was a sleeping one in the event badge I took. But now that I see them, I'm sorry to say that I think some can be a bit . . . um . . . creepy. Are gnomes universally loved? Or do others find them a bit creepy?
Sunrises! Amy has posted a pair of gorgeous sunrises already. It was relatively easy for her to capture because her sunrise is occurring around 7:00 a.m. Others have said the sunrise is impossibly early right now. I had never thought of that! So, I'm curious . . . what time is the sun rising where you are? Here, in El Granada (near San Francisco), it's rising around 7:00 a.m.