Thursday, August 06, 2009

Vanity Plates.

Every morning I drive to a corporate campus in Virginia and am struck by how many vanity license plates I see in the parking garage on my walk into the office. Is it Virginia, or my company?

It takes a certain amount of wherewithal to get a vanity plate. I don't know about you, but every time I'm at the DMV, I'm just trying to get shit done. I haven't thought about what my license plate is going to look like. Then I see these plates and I'm like damnit, why don't I have a vanity plate? To me, they fall into the same category as tattoos: I'm a bit skeptical, but secretly, I wish I could be that oriented toward defining myself, that creative and self-aggrandizing with my time. Whoops, okay, I have a personal blog. I am that oriented toward defining myself, that creative and self-aggrandizing with my time.

Here are some plates that have struck me lately:

OMG WTF: Best license plate of all time.
21 FRVR: Someone stole my plate, except it would be 14 FRVR
GUI GRL: Work nerd
FX GUY: Work nerd
4 OBS: I see this car every damn day and it haunts me. There is also a sticker on the car with four stick figures, so I assume it refers to the family. But what is OBS? Are they all gynecologists??

What would your vanity plate read?


  1. Anonymous2:28 AM

    Hi Christina,

    A few days ago, I was taking a break from studying and I Googled, "Haruki Murakami short stories." I came across your website, read "The Second Bakery Attack," and proceeded to get my friends to walk with me to the nearest McDonald's so that I could pig out on a Big Mac.

    I just wanted to let you know that I admire Murakami too and am very grateful that you decided to post the story!

    Best of luck,
    A fellow Murakami fan

  2. This comment makes me so happy! Thank you.

  3. God only knows if you read your comments from this far back but my personal favorite license plate read:


    Which I can only assume was supposed to be an elderly sailor as opposed to an aged prostitute. Either way, kudos to that driver.


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