I haven’t written about personalized license plates in some time. In all honesty I had become sort of burned out on them. Little did I know they would be back due to popular demand.
Granted, there have been some readers who haven’t cared for the license plate columns. I’ve received e-mails and phone calls from several folks over the years who simply did not want to see another license column in the paper.
“Write about something important!”
“Ugh! Another stupid license plate column!”
Yes, I’ve heard it all. So sometime last year, when I started having our reporters take over some of the column writing duties for the newspapers I pulled the plug on the license plate column.
But then over the months I started hearing from readers who wanted to know when I’d be writing more columns about personalized plates. Some even started offering up license plates they’d seen on the road.
So how could I continue to say no? I mean, if the public wants license plates who am I to refuse?
So here’s what I have this week:
2PPCME — This plate was on a Mercedes Benz. I’m going to guess the doctor driving was probably a urologist, unless it was a highly successful port-ajohn business owner.
FREE&FAB — This quite possibly was on the car of a divorced woman, excited about starting her new life. Though I don’t know too many things that are fabulous and free. I’m sure her ex-husband’s plate says BROKE&ALONE or DOWN&OUT. 4MY3BOYS — Must be the family vehicle to transport three brothers to their various sporting events and other activities. Could also be the car of widower Steve Douglas who was raising his three sons — Mike, Robbie and Chip. If you don’t get the reference, look up the 1962-72 TV show My Three Sons and you’ll understand.
RAMMIN — My son, Sam, spotted this one. He said it was on a truck, so I’m going to guess maybe a Dodge Ram Pickup? It was a good plate, so I have to send Sam a shout out for a job well done.
ALNVAIN — I think it means “all in vain.” This must have had some sort of personal meaning to the owner of the car it was on. Something didn’t work out for this person, I’m just not sure I’d want to go around advertising it on my car like a Facebook status.
POVERTY — Saw this one on an older Cadillac. Probably meant as a joke, because people in poverty don’t usually drive a Caddy. There is the possibility they have recently fallen on hard times, leaving them stuck with an older Cadillac instead of a shiny new one.
RMRUNNR — Last time I checked — assuming this means “rum runner” — Prohibition ended in 1933. Nobody is running rum any more, unless they’re driving around with an open container of Captain Morgan and Coke. firstname.lastname@example.org