?

Log in

No account? Create an account
Lakeshore
An author of no particular popularity

Jay Lake
Date: 2007-11-09 05:10
Subject: [poll] License plate bingo
Security: Public
Location:Nuevo Rancho Lake
Mood:bemused
Music:way too damned early
Tags:cars, funny, personal, poll
dinogrl has suggested an open contest to name the vanity plate for the 1967 Volvo. I had thought SMFH, for "Swedish Meatball From Hell." I'd also been toying with finding a period license plate, which the Oregon DMV will allow. (They treat it as a vanity plate, basically.) In the mid-1960s, Oregon plates said "Pacific Wonderland."

In my continuing tradition of living way too much of my life in public, I shall throw the question open to the readership of this blog. Here's a poll about that burning issue so characteristic of our times. If I get some good suggestions, I'll run a voting poll sometime next week, with prizes.

Poll #1085635 New license plate for the Volvo

What should the Volvo's new plates be?

The normal, current Douglas Fir plates (trying to blend in)
1(2.5%)
Period license plates to match the car (pretending to blend in but secretly hoping to be noticed)
22(55.0%)
SMFH (meaningless to everyone but me, which will enhance my mysterious charisma)
5(12.5%)
CLOWNS (a desperate cry for help)
2(5.0%)
CRIT ME (reeks of writer)
1(2.5%)
Something else I'll suggest in comments
9(22.5%)


ETA: Oregon only permits six alphanumerics on a vanity plate, btw, so do please let that influence your suggestions.
Post A Comment | 19 Comments | | Flag | Link



Laura Anne Gilman: trouble?  moi?
User: suricattus
Date: 2007-11-09 13:18 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:trouble? moi?
WWJLD

Reply | Thread | Link



J.K.Richárd
User: neutronjockey
Date: 2007-11-09 16:13 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
2x on the LOL.
WWJLD For The Win!
Reply | Parent | Thread | Link



Rafe
User: etcet
Date: 2007-11-09 14:01 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Period plate =with= vanity text! (unless this is not available, in which case, vanity text trumps period appropriateness)

Options (alphabetically):
LAKE WU
LOUDSHRT
NU WIERD
RKT SNCE
SPEC FIC
TOURIST
VISITOR


(However, I think WWJLD is brilliant)
Reply | Thread | Link



Rafe: f*ck [by fireba11]
User: etcet
Date: 2007-11-09 14:28 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:f*ck [by fireba11]
SIX? What are they, communists?
Reply | Parent | Thread | Link



Brian Dolton
User: tchernabyelo
Date: 2007-11-09 14:55 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Only having six to work from is a touch limiting, but there's the painfully obvious WRITER. J-LAKE makes you sound like a rap artist, so that would be amusing. IAMOLD might be interpreted as being about you and not the car, so probably a bad idea, even if you are an old writer :)

But, yeah, WWJLD? is class.

Reply | Thread | Link



User: caryn71
Date: 2007-11-09 17:13 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I think you should do a noun that is not related to anything at all, but will make people wonder WTF?

Like:

mud
toe
tooth
ear
earwax
kiwi
peanut
fuzz
thumb
navel
gulp
oogle

etc...

I think gulp and oogle are my favorites.


Reply | Thread | Link



Coffee Shop Whore
User: skidspoppe
Date: 2007-11-09 17:42 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I'd vote for "oogle."
Reply | Parent | Thread | Link



jeffsoesbe: bald man thinking
User: jeffsoesbe
Date: 2007-11-09 17:27 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:bald man thinking
Playing off the white color and the theme of ghosts in every fantasy writer's list of subjects (ie, "Dogs in the Moonlight"):

GHOSTS
GHOSTY
GSTWGN (Ghost Wagon, if only there were 7 letters you could do GHSTWGN)

If you had an international character set, you could do "ghost" in Swedish (courtesy freedict.com):

VALDNAD (first A has a circle over it), shorten to VALDND or VLDNAD
SPOKE (O has an umlaut, which makes sense once you say it)

You could also go with SPOOKY.

- yeff
Reply | Thread | Link



Coffee Shop Whore: Mean Language
User: skidspoppe
Date: 2007-11-09 17:43 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Mean Language
ghoti (fish)

But that's just for the English geeks
Reply | Thread | Link



España Sheriff
User: cmdrsuzdal
Date: 2007-11-09 17:52 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Hmmm... no suggestions, but this just made me wonder if anyone makes license plate frames with the little "lj username" head on them.
Reply | Thread | Link



Rafe
User: etcet
Date: 2007-11-09 19:36 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
No, but that's a brilliant idea for a sticker....
Reply | Parent | Thread | Link



seajay06
User: seajay06
Date: 2007-11-09 18:11 (UTC)
Subject: Pacific Wonderland, definitely.
My three cents:

1. WWJLD is particularly disturbing to me and would be my first choice.(Oh, the places you could go!)

2. GHOTI is intriguing...

3. TOURIST is self-referential and incorporates your whole life, not just the writing part(s). :-)






Reply | Thread | Link



martianmooncrab
User: martianmooncrab
Date: 2007-11-09 18:32 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
get the salmon plates... think spawning..
Reply | Thread | Link



sheelangig
User: sheelangig
Date: 2007-11-09 19:28 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)

Is this car replacing the GENRE car or just augmenting it?

WOLWO
KICKME (for the international sport of volvo kicking)
INSHOP (do you have a good Volvo mechanic? Vol-Tech in NE Portland is good)
ENTRPY (classical reference)

Reply | Thread | Link



Menolly
User: nolly
Date: 2007-11-09 21:00 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
"NOTJAY"
Reply | Thread | Link



corvida
User: corvida
Date: 2007-11-09 21:37 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
NOUN
VERB
CARVERB
NOADVRB
META4
HIDING
OH HAI
MOCIAN (my other car is a novel)
Reply | Thread | Link



kara_gnome
User: kara_gnome
Date: 2007-11-10 01:26 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I just noticed the ETA, so I deleted a suggestion. Let's see, how about:

E volv d, or Evolvd, I suppose, which is not as cute as E volvo d :D Six letters is so restricting!

I hesitate to ask, but have you thought about a new car? :)
Reply | Thread | Link



Simon Haynes
User: halspacejock
Date: 2007-11-10 03:26 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
HOTSWD

;-)
Reply | Thread | Link



jenntheamazon
User: jenntheamazon
Date: 2007-11-10 06:57 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
What about MOMOS, or CHEEZ...or to make fun of LOL speak (this is mostly for Frank btw. *grins*)...how about IHZCHZ (for I HAZ Cheeze!)

And I just read the WWJLD...I luvs that one too. It would make people who don't know you go "Hmmmm"
Reply | Thread | Link



browse
my journal
links
January 2014
2012 appearances