Friday, June 4, 2010

Causes Célèbres

Driving home the other day, I saw someone with this license plate:

and it got me thinking: why did that person chose that specific license plate to pay extra for? I mean I am down with Tibet and hate Red China and all, but why this one, single statement? Tibet is one of those obligatory liberal causes; much like the 2nd amendment or questioning the President's birthplace is for conservatives.

But there are so MANY causes and candidates and just plain cute stuff to choose from that I always wonder how someone ends up choosing:

That was one that haunted my childhood. WHY, of all the choices out there would you pick that ONE?

'Cause, see, if I put ONE bumper sticker on my car, it would end up looking like this one:

I have, I admit, TAPED a bumper sticker to my back window – during elections and such. But I could never choose one particular license plate or personalized license plate. Besides, we drive cars until they die, so a bumper stick is a major commitment. Of course, making a choice always puts me on the horns of a dilemma. What if I pick wrong? What if the RIGHT choice was the next one? What if someone else doesn't like my choice? Incidentally, traveling with me is hell.

So the question is: Do YOU have a bumper sticker (or more than one), personalized license or special plate? What made you choose that ONE? Did it give you agita? Or am I just weird?


  1. If ever I were in the mood to frivol away the extra vanity sum, mine would read:


    I'm proud of that.

  2. Years ago I had a bumper sticker that said.. SSDD same sh*t different day.

  3. I do have a few bumperstickers that aren't actually on my car. A couple of 'Oz' themed ones:

    "Don't Make Me Release the Flying Monkeys"

    "I haven't been the same since that house fell on my sister"

    and this one:

    "Where are we going and why am I in this handbasket?"

    Which, in my singleminded way, I thought for years WAS Oz related - Toto, you know. I doubt that anyone much younger than me would actually realize what the reference is.

  4. Where in the world did you find that car with all those stickers to rake a photo of? And yes, trying to figure out some of the personalized lisence plates is fun. The aha moment when you think you might have gotten it! Christa

  5. Christa - I can't take credit for the much bedazzled car. That was a picture that I found on the internet!