All summer, the county road commission has been "chip sealing" the back roads around here. With the help of the Economic "Stimulus" Plan they're "putting America to work" as the sign says, laying that sticky goo covered in gravel which settles into place as everyone drives over it. Seems like "make-work," as far as I'm concerned, since the gravel just settles right into the potholes and the cracks open up again when the road heaves in the winter and spring.
On the way home from Story Time at the library in a nearby small town, I saw that they had only just painted the lines on a recently chip-sealed road. Ah, bright, new yellow lines...
And then I saw It.
Behold, I give you:
(Sorry... hope you weren't eating your lunch. Have a nice day!)
(ETA: see sequel here.)