With summer comes more vanity plates

The VIEW from here


Gary Gould — Managing Editor

Gary Gould — Managing Editor

I’ve noticed a resurgence of vanity plates, both here and abroad, with the coming of, well, better weather. I’m not going to go as far as to call our current weather trends “good,” but good enough that more cars are on the roads and with them, more personalized license plates.

Here’s a few — some local and others from abroad shared by friends:

 MNRJRKS — Honestly, I had nothing to do with this one. I plead the Fifth and I have no knowledge of what could have possibly spawned this very mean, spiteful vanity plate. I will admit, however, I’ve thought about getting a plate that says WMNREVL but I am not going to generalize.

 STIFFS — Ah, got to love mortician humor. This is an outof state plate but I’m pretty sure this guy work sat a funeral home or coroner’s office. Or this could just be what he does with the bill after he goes to dinner.

 PUTUOUT — I’m thinking maybe a landlord who’s sending a message to tenants about late rent.

 4 3PEEPS — A car shared by a family of three perhaps? Just sharing a car with another person is difficult enough, but three people is just downright trying.

 CHUTSPA — Yes, we get it, you are bold. You have a lot of guts — strong intestinal fortitude. So much so you’d drive around with THIS as your license plate.

 BE CURLY — In honor, perhaps, of everyone’s favorite Stooge? I’d love to the see the driver — heavy-set guy with a bald head, runs around yelling: “Nyuk, nyuk, nyuk!” or “Why soitenly!”

 PEP LEPU — Not sure I would want a vanity plate referring to a Looney Tunes character who is notorious for smelling bad. Maybe he’s trying to tell everyone he’s a hopeless romantic? This one just stinks.

 CATCH-42 — Is this a long awaited sequel to Joseph Heller’s classic about the insanity of war? If so, I didn’t catch that one on a best-seller’s list anywhere. A little online research suggests it is a combination of Catch-22, which many considered to be a “no-win situation” and the idea that the number 42 is the answer to The Ultimate Question of Life, The Universe and Everything Else — from the novel The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Bottom line — too much thought went into this and I still don’t get it.

 I95SUCKS — An out-of-state plate. Here in Michigan you can’t have a tag big enough to criticize the condition of roads and highways because they ALL suck. I feel no sympathy for this driver because he or she obviously hasn’t had to drive our roads or the plate might instead read MISSUI95.

Gary Gould is the managing editor. He can be reached at 810- 452-2650 or by e-mail at ggould@mihomepaper.com.


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