Written In The Sky

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We were just finishing our dinner and getting ready to head into the house to clean up when my daughter pointed up into the clear blue evening sky and asked “Hey, why is there writing up there?”

Well… we just didn’t know so we decided to take a minute and find out. Yes indeed there was writing in the sky. It took a while to make out the two lines that were floating above Portland. The first two words we determined were upside down “COOL MOON”. The bottom two we could read clearly from our yard were “ICE CREAM”.

A quick search on google turned up an entry on the blog Neighborhood Notes. Apparently Cool Moon Ice Cream is going to be opening up in NW sometime around September… I think if I’m in the neighborhood I’ll stop by and give their ice cream a try, after all, the sky told me to.

8 Comments so far

  1. NewPDXer (unregistered) on August 9th, 2007 @ 12:01 am

    Yup, I noticed that while I was downtown earlier this evening…really caused quite a scene downtown on Broadway with everyone looking up (and some cars even stopping in the middle of the road to watch).

    Quite a unique marketing tool.


  2. Jack Bog (unregistered) on August 9th, 2007 @ 3:04 am

    We got a great view of it here just south of Fremont — “Cool Moon” was to the south of us, and “Ice Cream” to the north, both facing us. The pilot’s story is pretty interesting — it’s here:

    http://www.neighborhoodnotes.com/2007/08/when-oregon-women-collaborate-skys.html


  3. Kerry (unregistered) on August 9th, 2007 @ 7:43 am

    Is nothing sacred anymore? Do we now have to start putting up with advertising littering the very blue sky itself? Do you people have any sense of the beauty of nature and don’t you care when it is spoiled?

    I, for one, will be boycotting Cool Moon ice cream.


  4. The real Kerry (unregistered) on August 9th, 2007 @ 9:27 am

    Funny, another Kerry.

    Littering the sky? That’s a good one. In fact, I remember as a kid seeing skywriting all the time. This is nothing new. Maybe only to people who have been living underneath a layer of smog most of their life.

    I would rather see skywriting as advertising than billboards in schools, or fliers on my windshield.


  5. lkhsdflihgikej (unregistered) on August 9th, 2007 @ 5:27 pm

    really caused quite a scene downtown on Broadway with everyone looking up (and some cars even stopping in the middle of the road to watch).

    I hope someone took the opportunity to tell them that they were going the wrong way, as from the Pearl District the writing was visible to the north, and with Broadway being a one way headed south, I would hope the drivers couldn’t see.


  6. NewPDXer (unregistered) on August 9th, 2007 @ 6:02 pm

    I hope someone took the opportunity to tell them that they were going the wrong way, as from the Pearl District the writing was visible to the north, and with Broadway being a one way headed south, I would hope the drivers couldn’t see.

    Well it was mostly pedestrians looking up and pointing as if they were witnessing something specatular. But the people inside the cars that were stopped were turning their heads looking north. It’s not that hard to imagine, really, so thanks for the smart ass remark.


  7. Doug Bloem (unregistered) on August 9th, 2007 @ 9:43 pm

    I’ve spent a bit of time flying small airplanes around the sky, and I have to say I’m always seriously impressed by skywriting like this. Think about it: it’s easy to write “COOL MOON ICE CREAM” on piece of paper (even if you’re using, say, your toes), but how the hell can you figure out how to make a bunch of big letters in the sky when you can’t see what you’ve written and you have to control that plane in THREE different dimensions? Props to the pilot.


  8. Cami (unregistered) on August 11th, 2007 @ 11:03 am

    Thanks for all the great input guys!



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