You see, the addresses are hard to spot. There are no residential address plaques or mailboxes with numbers on most streets.
Even my house has dark brown numbers on a slightly lighter brown mailbox (which is against the house, not at the sidewalk). If it's dark outside or my mailbox is covered in snow, you've missed me. People revert to saying "the brown house on the left with the blue car in the driveway" yet that narrows down the choice to three houses on the street.
Once or twice, I've called a friend while driving back and forth, asking them to come out and wave me down... while inconvenient, it's better than sticking my head out of the car, yelling "JARED!!! JARED!!! DUDE, WHICH HOUSE IS YOURS??!?"
Instead of the personalized address plaques you see today, I grew up with numbers painted on the curb. But you could get away with that in California, since it never snowed and you could always see the curb.
In Idaho, you really do need something you can see from the street, in rain or snow, no matter the condition. Painted curbs won't work in the snow, because they'll be covered in an instant.
Which is why I'm tempted to get one of the custom address plaques you see online, and I plan on putting it right under the porch light.
Will it stick out like a sore thumb on my old house? Maybe. But you know what, people will be able to find my house. I can tell them my actual address, or tell them "look for the shiny bronze plaque on the shabby brown house. You can't miss it..."
Now, the main question: Should I get a Carolina Panthers plaque like pictured above, and support my football team? Or maybe one with my blog's logo, and "I'm watching you..." printed beneath the numbers? Choices choices...