When the Baudelaires arrive at Last Chance General Store, the street sign behind them says "Volunteer Pick-Up Zone" and "No Parking At Any Time." A V.F.D. bumper sticker is slapped on top of the "No," so that it reads, "V.F.D. Parking At Any Time." See more
My name is Lemony Snicket and I am on the lam, a phrase which here means, "conveying this information to you while being relentlessly pursued by the law." Being on the lam is a disheartening and an uncomfortable way to live. Not unlike being squeezed into a tight, dark box, tossed at high speed from a moving vehicle, and abandoned on a dusty patch of road, tormented by doubt and unsure of where you are going. Which, if you are on the lam, is often the only way to travel.