Everyone should have a hobby, right? Mine is collecting license plates. Well, OK, not quite: I don’t go around swiping license plates off cars or buying them at estate sales. I live in a studio apartment and what disposable income I’ve got mostly goes to the dog. There’s no space or money for collecting tangible objects.
What I do is spot license plates. Every January 1 for the last 22 (approx.) years I’ve started with a blank map. The goal is to spot at least one of every state’s license plates before the year runs out. I’ve achieved this goal, I think, once: North Dakota is the perennial spoiler, the one I’ve spotted exactly twice in those 22 years. But I keep trying.
For some background on my little obsession, see License Log, the newest page on From the Seasonally Occupied Territories.
2011 was a pretty good year. The only states I didn’t score were Idaho, Alaska, and — you guessed it — North Dakota. If you’re on Martha’s Vineyard and you spot a North Dakota license plate, message, e-mail, or phone me, OK?
Here’s my map/log of the year just past: