When the kids were little and we were traveling, we played a game to see how many different state license plates we could see. Now, with everyone traveling the interstate highway system, it’s no longer a challenge.
Now, the kids are grown and it’s just my wife and me. We look for personalized messages on license plates. Some are serious, some funny and others quirky. It’s become a big business, the Bureau of Motor Vehicles has a committee to screen the messages for obscene contents before issuing the plates.
Depending on where you travel, the quirky plates follow you. I saw so many versions of Ohio State slogans in Columbus, I have quit counting. There were a few plates that referred to "that state up north," that weren’t very complimentary.
Same goes for the veterans’ hospital in Cleveland that are worth mentioning. There was "DOOR GUNR," "1ST SHIRT," "RECON MAN," and "BACK ALIVE." The officers got in on the fun also, with "F-16-PILOT," "CHOPPER-1," and "C-130 PILOT." Then one slipped by the sensors with a slang term for a B-52 bomber. I’ll leave it to you if you want to research it.
My favorite was on the back of a pickup truck in Virginia. The truck had a Harley Davidson motorcycle in the bed with a "HOG 1" plate, the truck plate was "HOG HAULR." Both were painted the same color scheme. I bet that cost some bucks.
Ladies also get in on the quirky plates. I’ve seen "X and PARTY," "HOT SAM," and "MY DREAM," on the plates of a gray-haired lady in a Corvette convertible.
After returning home from serving in the Air Force in 1966, I had plates with the tail number of the plane I worked on, "U-259-P." Another version was "U-806-P." I’m amazed at how many times these two numbers keep popping up in everyday life. My clock number at work was 806, and 259 was in our house number, and various other documents. Maybe I should use the two numbers to play the lottery.