Fork in the Road Gets a Fancy Makeover

The new and improved Fork in the Road
The new and improved Fork in the Road

We were cruising down Gifft Hill last week when we came across the shiny new fork in the road. We have to admit – it looks pretty fancy. Well, we wanted to scoop, so we headed on over to Connections and chatted it up with Cid Hamling a bit. Here’s what we learned:

Many people have speculated that the new “dinner” fork (as opposed to the smaller “salad” fork it replaced) was an early holiday present, but in reality, it’s actually a late birthday present for Cid herself. Cid’s birthday was September 23. Factor in a bit of island time and it actually showed up right on schedule!

The new fork, made completely out of metal, was built by Paul Pono with the help of Gary “Sinbad” Cox. And if you look closely, you’ll see a small LIbra emblem inscribed on it. (Both Cid and Paul are Libras.)

The original fork in the road was erected more than 20 years ago. The newly built “dinner” fork is the third fork of its kind. The original fork was destroyed in April 2012. You can read all about that here. It was then replaced with the salad fork soon after.

The fork has gotten pretty fancy over the years. It’s been decorated with a pumpkin head and black robe for Halloween, and last year, a giant shrimp was erected on it in time for the holidays. It was even covered with bandaids once after Cid fell and was injured.

And here’s a random fact that made us chuckle: The people living near the fork in the road refer to themselves as “the forkers.”

Only in St. John.

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10 thoughts on “Fork in the Road Gets a Fancy Makeover”

  1. Very nice! Love how the bend in the fork mimics the bend in the road. Stylish and yet quirky at the same time…just like STJ! 🙂

  2. BRAVO to Pono!!.. who graciously donated materials, labor & equipment in this endeavor… without Paul… nothing would get done right the first time!! Also..” Cuddo’s” to Donna Kengla, for helping me with the design…. ST. JOHN’S LOVE RULES!! ~BAD

  3. I TINK DIS FORK MUST BE A DOUBLE ANRANDRAY IF DIS BE DONE BY PONO. HE ALWAYS SAYIN NOBODY FORKS WID HIM OR I DON’T GIVE A FORK OR SOME GUYS ALL FORKED UP. YA NO WHAT I MEAN? SO DIS MUSS BE A MEMORIAL TO PONO SO WHEN HE GOES BY HE KNOWS HE’S ON HIS FORKEN WAY HOME.

  4. Maybe Sinbad and I did the fork so we could stick it in PapaJack to see if he was done! We absconded with the old fork and it will be discovered at a later date thousands of miles away. Pictures will be posted when it reaches its final fork destination.

    • What kin I say. Pono wants to poke me with a forken fork, ok. So was I well done or rare? What the fork does he know anyway. He’d poke his forkin fork into anything that move bein from Maine. You know those guys from Maine you gotta watch out for anyway. You ever wonder why anybody is from Maine? Forkin cold, forkin mosquitos, forkin you name it and you can find it in Maine. Its like in Vahginia, we keep getting them Yankees coming down like they do here in St John and you can’t get them back up. We call em hemorrhoids. So I’m sitting here wondering why I give a crap about Pono and his forking fork and I dunno. Actually I think its a great idea that should be patented and sold as a novelty. Ya yeah Pono? I’d order three for Peter Bay to give directions to people coming to my house. Go in the gate, take a left at the first fork in the road, take a right at the second fork and a left at the third fork. Easy, simple and clean. How much you want for them?

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