Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Imagine if the ONLY Mode of Transportation was HOPPING

This morning Brad, Nate, Penny, and I drove off to get our licenses and register our vehicles. But not before stopping at IHOP, because I had woken up with a craving for their stuffed French Toast. Sigh. It's really dangerous living down here because there are WAY too many good places to eat very close by. We parked in a space that had "IHOP Only" stenciled on the asphalt. So Nate and I got out and started hopping. Except I didn't hop very far because I was laughing so hard at Nate, who looked indescribably hilarious hopping towards the restaurant like a demented furry woodland creature. I wish I could have captured it on video for posterity as it is one of the funniest things I have ever seen. It is wonderful to be an adult and be silly.

Well, the whole process went rather well -- except for the DDS rejecting Nate's birth certificate and Nate having to drive down to Griffin to get a new one...good thing he wasn't born in New England! ( But there was an outlet mall nearby and Penny, Brad and I spent a happy hour or so shopping. ) The man at the DDS ( GA's equivalent of the DMV) was a gregarious and talkative soul. At first he seemed horrified to hear that I was from New England and made some comments about Yankees and being liberal...and I hastened to assure him that I was not a liberal. He started railing about Ted Kennedy and why did he keep getting elected, being the murderer that he is...?! I said I didn't know but that it was some sort of strange miracle, I guess. We had quite an interesting talk. This exchange would NEVER have happened in New Hampshire. I hope our conversation somehow gave him a clue that not all New Englanders are bleeding heart, left wing, fuzzy headed, Kennedy-worshiping liberals.

We thought that vanity plates were fairly inexpensive down here and so we were all brainstorming about what we were going to get on our plates. We came up with quite a long list of possibilities. Among the top choices of mine were "CLARITY", "GO2HEVN", and "NO MO SNO." Brad was trying to decide between " VICTORY" ( but he was pretty sure it would already be taken) " ABVONLY", "OVRCOMR" and "YESIWIN." But when we got to the Tax Assessor's office, we found that it was a little steeper than we had planned on...Maybe for our birthdays next year we'll spring for the vanity plates...

14 comments:

Marie said...

I like your "no mo sno" vanity idea,I get a kick out of it:) That's great.
I saw a vanity plate that was like
HA Y E took me awhile to get it...but than I did and I was like OOOOHHHH!
:)

DJ said...

what is abvonly? i can't figure out that one...

Claire said...

"Above Only" - as in " above only and not beneath."

KW said...

All is vanity, a chasing after the wind...

melbrown said...

I miss you all!!! I want to see Nate hop!

ljmax said...

Tell Nate to hop on over to his blog and update us on his Southern adventures...NOW!

redsoxwinthisyear said...

I though maybe "abvonly" was a typo, and you meant "asvonly." Like you wanted to preach to the world what bible version you were stuck on...

Linds said...

I'm so glad someone else asked about the whole "abvonly" one, because I thought it was just a blonde thing that I wasn't getting it!

Claire said...

Well, I guess I'm glad that we didn't get it then; there's nothing worse than a vanity plate that doesn't make sense to anyone except the person who got it. What's the point in that?

You guys were a pretty good test audience. I shoulda taken a poll to see which ones you liked best...too late now I 'spose...

Loreo said...

And yet another opinion--I was thinking "Avonlea", of all things! I'm impressed that Nate is still young enough at heart to hop into IHOP

lis said...

I vote for "GO2HEAVN," simply because it is so encouraging to decipher a vanity plate and find out it is another Christian!

Perhaps this just shows that I am still not used to living in the Bible belt, where the churches are packed every Wednesday night. :O)

Anonymous said...

Just for the record, I also had thoughts of Bible translations, and Avonlea, desperately trying to figure out what on earth ABVONLY could possibly stand for...Good thing you didn't go with that one!

Gretchen

DJ said...

How many letters can you get? 7 or 8? that one letter makes a HUGE difference...

Claire said...

I'm pretty sure that down here it's seven...I don't know about other states.