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Have you ever wondered about vanity plates? You know, those license plates on the back of vehicles that say something other than a string of numbers and letters. My first introduction to vanity plates was from Hollywood on the Hart to Hart television show. The two main characters, who were rich and married, had license plates that read HART 1 and HART 2. His and hers matching, so to speak. It always gave us a clue as to who we would see getting in trouble next. Lots of telegraphing went on in the story line in those old shows.

We see a lot of vanity plates on the road as we travel. I’m always asking myself if the drivers mean to make a statement about themselves or just want to be able to remember their license numbers more easily. After all, a catchy slogan is a lot easier to remember that a bunch of numbers and letters in random order.

Recently, I’ve been jotting down some of the more interesting plates. The hubby and I often comment on the messages we see displayed. Sometimes we have to say the letters a few times to get the gist of the plate when vowels are left out. Here’s a few of the more interesting ones we’ve seen.


  • OTTAMWAY—(outta my way) We saw this message on the plate of a car speeding down the highway a good ten miles over the limit. He dodged between 3 lanes of traffic and blew by a cop on the side of the road. Guess you know he really meant what his plate said.
  • 1 CUP –This plate was accompanied by a pink ribbon design. I feel certain a breast cancer survivor drives this car, and she letting the world know she’s a survivor. Good for her, I say.
  • GOOSE—Do you suppose the husband’s car had a vanity plate that said GANDER? Makes sense to me.
  • DENTPRO—This one had me wondering is he a professional at fixing dents? Or maybe a pro at getting dents? Or maybe a dentist? Could work for all three scenarios.
  • NVRYELD—(never yield) And he didn’t.
  • ANEYE4ANI—(an eye for an I) Pretty sure you don’t want to make this driver mad.
  • NOKTRNL—(nocturnal) My first thought when I saw this was “Vampire.” But the driver was out in the daytime. Guess that’s why all the darkened glass was needed.
  • OUTATME—(outta time) A great plate for a time traveler, but we decided that the speed at which the driver went probably meant something else.
  • DA WITCH—She’s driving. He’s riding. ‘Nuff said.
  • 23GKIDS—In a Stop Abortion frame. We know this family’s philosophy.
  • FUEL LOL—On a Prius. I did laugh when I read this one. It would have been even funnier had it been on a Tessla.
  • DRUMSTIX—Guess we know what instrument this driver plays. Either that or he loves poultry legs.
  • MED SS—I soooo wanted to see if the driver of this car had white hair and wrinkles. But they sped off too quickly.
  • PICASSO—Probably not, but I’d bet this one is an artist.
  • EXODUS 8—I just had to pull out my phone Bible and look up Exodus chapter eight. It’s about the second plague God brought on the Egyptian Pharaoh—frogs. Make of it what you will, because I couldn’t figure out what the driver might have meant.

I’ve always thought it might be fun to get a vanity plate, but the cost has stopped me. That and I’m not sure what I’d put on my plate. Should advertise myself as awrdwnngwrter (award winning writer)? That’s probably too long for the plate. Maybe I should say GOT BOOKS, because I do have quite a few. Or how about LVS ROMNCE (loves romance)? That seems like a suitable license plate tag for a romance writer. But then again, in today’s world it might be viewed as a dangerous invite.

On second thought, I think it’s safer to stick to the plates the BMV assigns randomly. Vanity plates will make your car much more identifiable, which could be a problem if you were going to break any laws. But they are fun to watch for on the highway and ponder on what the drivers wanted to convey.

What about you? Do you have a vanity license plate? Have you seen one that has stuck in your memory? Or if you were going to get one, what would yours say?

The hero and heroine of A Groom for Mama didn’t have any vanity plates, but if I were going to give them one I think I’d say DRAMEDY, because this award-winning book is filled with humor and a touch of drama. Take a peek at the blurb and then hop over to Amazon and read a sample.


A Groom for Mama

By Catherine Castle

Beverly Walters is dying, and before she goes she has one wish—to find a groom for her daughter. To get the deed done, Mama enlists the dating service of Jack Somerset, Allison’s former boyfriend.

The last thing corporate-climbing Allison wants is a husband. Furious with Mama’s meddling, and a bit more interested in Jack than she wants to admit, Allison agrees to the scheme as long as Mama promises to search for a cure for her terminal illness.

A cross-country trip from Nevada to Ohio ensues, with a string of disastrous dates along the way, as the trio hunts for treatment and A Groom For Mama.


About the Author:

Multi-award winning author Catherine Castle loves writing. Before beginning her career as a romance writer she worked part-time as a freelance writer. She has over 600 articles and photographs to her credit, under her real name, in the Christian and secular market. She also lays claim to over 300 internet articles written on a variety of subjects and several hundred poems. In addition to writing she loves reading, traveling, singing, theatre, quilting and gardening. She’s a passionate gardener whose garden won a “Best Hillside Garden” award from the local gardening club. She writes sweet and inspirational romances. You can find her award-winning Soul Mate books The Nun and the Narc and A Groom for Mama, on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

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