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Saturday, April 02, 2005

Vanity Plates

Some time ago, Phil at Market Power posted about vanity license plates. My wife and I both have vanity plates.
Hers is her name, rewritten in Hawaiian.

Mine is

T1 TA3

Imagine how you'd react after passing my car, then looking back at the car you just passed and seeing that plate in your rearview mirror.

One time when I was crossing the border, returning to Canada from the US, I pulled up to the little immigration booth as usual. There's a mirror on the back of the sign that says "Wait here until the car ahead of you leaves"; it's there so they can check license plates and the backs of automobiles.

The young lady in the booth did a double-take, and then asked, "Do you know what your license plate says in the mirror?"

Me, innocently, "No, what does it say?"
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