Friday, September 2, 2011

In-vain in the Membrane

I like word games, spelling games, and the whatnot. I'm also a reasonably good speller. Yeah... I'm that nerdy. Text Twist on MSN Games? Have you ever played it? I can play it for a very long time. Word Mole? I had a freakishly high score on that game.

You may not be as nerdy as I am, but there's a word game nearly all of us play. It's called "figure out what the vanity plate on the car in front of you says". Yes, it needs a shorter name. But, you know you do it. I do it. I even turn it into a competition to see who can figure it out first when I'm with another person in the car. I'm a nerd, and I'm also pretty competitive. Even over something as trivial as figuring out what a vanity plate says.

Some vanity plates are pretty humorous. Some are pretty creative. Some, like the one in the picture below, make me giggle. It could go two ways. Are you a fan of hockey? Or, are you a fan of hickeys? Maybe it's both, and you went for the ambiguity on purpose.

I was driving to work today and saw a vanity plate. I spent a second trying to figure it out. I could only give it so much attention as I was trying to maintain my 5-7 miles over the speed limit, put on my lipstick, and make sure I was properly groomed before getting to work. My distractions made me forget what it was. But, I had an ingenious thought. I want a vanity plate. I want one with random letters and numbers that make no sense. Just to confuse people. Make them spend time looking at it. Sounding it out in their heads. Trying to figure out just what in the H that license plate says.

That would make me laugh. Did I mention I'm a nerd?

And of course... There's a Seinfeld for that.