We make choices to throw some things away. And we make choices to save other things.
Check the shelves in your basement, attic or garage. Even if you’re “normal,” you’ll probably find a few treasures, but mostly the things you’ll discover are without value. Most of the things have some connection to our kids or parents. And it would feel wrong to throw those things away, so we wait. In reality, we’ve decided to let somebody else dispose of them later.
Now make an ever so slight shift to the people who want to raise $20,000 to save the White Haven Motel sign that was on old Metcalf near downtown Overland Park. Right now it’s in four pieces in the Johnson County Museum. That came as something of a surprise to many of us. Not the sign, but the fact that there is a Johnson County Museum.
So why is the White Haven sign worth saving?
Maybe we should just take a narrow view and look at this fund raising quest strictly in the sign category. Somebody saved the Glenwood Theater sign – the sputnik on it is a nice touch – almost iconic. But far as I know, nobody saved the Katz Drug sign.
Come on JOCO museum, of all the signs on Metcalf, that was the Mona Lisa.
So if it’s not really art, not really old and not really historically significant, it must be a business decision. I am glad I was not at the meeting where someone stood up and said, “If we only had the White Haven Motel sign people would line up to pay admission to The Johnson County Museum. All in favor say, ‘Aye.’ ”
My reaction to the White Haven sign campaign is like the person who finds a box of old photographs in the attic. I can’t identify a single face. I have no attachment to any of the captured moments. And there is definitely not enough “wow factor” to make the effort to save each picture to a digital format and back them up on The Cloud.
I need the attic space for my kid’s Skylanders.