Signs that are posted are usually pretty good. When a sign tells me to yield I pay attention. If a sign tells me there might be heavy traffic ahead I might take that into consideration when choosing which exit to take. When a sign says "Warped Tour Closed" I don't know what the hell that means. I now know it means "Your life will be fucked up for the next hour>Enjoy."
The Warped Tour is usually a rocking concert that lasts all day. Some of the acts this year were Transplants, Fall Out Boy, My Chemical Romance, The Offspring, Thrice, Dropkick Murphys, Relient K, and Strung Out. There is also 30 to 40 other acts that you probably have never heard of unless you are Mark Stern or my brother. It is a must see concert for many kids between the age of 12 and 24. I have never attended, although this year's line-up really was exciting to me.
This Monday was The Warped Tour's appearence in Northampton, MA. I just happened to be going to Northampton to see March of the Penguins and grab a bite to eat at Fitzwillys. Now you might ask why go to Northampton to see March of the Penguins when it is playing at any Showcase Cinema in the country. Well for that I blame Ian who said let's go to the Pleasant St. Theater. So on our way up 91 to exit 18 we saw a large sign that said "Warped Tour Closed". We thought that meant you cannot get any tickets to The Warped Tour. We then saw a sign that stated concert traffic should exit at exit 19. So when we approached exit 18 we hit some traffic. This was understandable because there was a concert going on. That is where the common sense ended.
The next three exits were blocked by state troopers and flares. Traffic was also moving at less than 10 miles an hour. We ended going over 13 miles out of our way before we got to Deerfield and we could turn around. Now I contend that there absolutely, positively should have been a sign saying exits 18-19 & 21 are closed. (For some reason there is no 20.) That way people could drive at their normal pace and get off either before that exit or just waited. The other confusing thing is that traffic was allowed to get off at any of the Southbound exits. What the heck is that all about? We have moved so far along in technology, but we cannot announce that three exits are closing. They could have even abbreviated it like IMer's do. I would have been fine with that. I would have needed my IM to English dictionary, but I would have been fine with that. LOL.