Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Fun with license plates

I was driving across my hometown of scenic Benton, Ark., today when I saw a license plate that caught my attention.

It was one of those vanity plates and it read "EMBALMR." I suppose if you make your living as an embalmer, you might as well have a sense of humor about it, huh?

I've long thought about getting a vanity plate but I've never actually done it. I found a dandy tool at the Arkansas state Internet site that allows visitors to generate samples of their own vanity plates, see if the particular combination of letters and numbers they want is available and reserve their plates.

That site is located right here and it's more fun than a barrel full of monkeys. Go ahead and try it out. Play with it. Go nuts. I had minutes of fun, of course, and generated my own "The Hawg" license plate and was thrilled to find out it's available (I doubt I'll get it, but it's nice to know I could).

I generated some other license plates, too:

Some of these require additional comment. For example, my son is 12-years-old and he will be driving in a couple of years. I've called him "The Boy" for as long as I can remember, so a vanity plate with that nickname on it seems mighty appropriate.

Also, I've been entertaining the idea of having an active and up-to-date law license once again. In this economy, it's a good idea to have as many options available as possible, right? That's doubly true if you happen to be in public relations and are watching PR folks getting thrown out of work right and left as organizations are trying to save money in a rough economy.

Should I ever make the decision to practice law again, a license plate that says "WEASEL" on it seems appropriate, doesn't it? Here's the odd thing about that -- both "WEASEL" and "WEASEL1" are unavailable in this state, but "WEASEL2" is available.

It seems strange to me that there are at least two people running around Arkansas with "weasel" plates. If I see one of them, I ought to wave that person down and ask why on earth they chose that particular plate and whether they practice law.

The other plates are just ones that seem appropriate for a lot of drivers in this state. Those plates are available, too, and I was impressed that the state's license plate generator won't even produce a sample if your requesting something that's not available.

They've screened out obscene plates, too, I discovered. That goes for some obviously obscene words and phrases and more covert ones such as "FUQ." Bear in mind that even if a plate is available, the state must still approve it. I wonder, then, if the "HATEYOU" plate would make it through the approval process. I somehow doubt it.


Matt said...

I love it! I could come up with a whole list of plates I would like to have made, but with the road-ragers out there now I guess it's best to just keep swearing out them under my breath. Morons! Hey, I wonder if that one is available!!

The Natural State Hawg said...

Well, the perfect one for you is available in Arkansas "MATTSPK."

Fun site, huh?

Matt said...

MATTSPK, way cool! Hey, there's a good one - WAYCOOL!

The Natural State Hawg said...

"WAYCOOL," huh? I like it -- I'm not cocky enough to pull it off, but I like it just the same.

Karen said...

That is so cool! I wish it worked for my state. Your state must be really techno!

The Natural State Hawg said...

Arkansas? Techo?

We've been called a lot of things around here, but that's not one of them!

Still, that is pretty cool, huh?

HebsFarm said...

I've always thought it would be appropriate to put R2MNOT on my car, since my car is often full of people arguing... can't see paying a fee to be cute though.

The Natural State Hawg said...

Oh, why not?