July License Plate Report

How ’bout that map, huh? July brought in several hard-to-get states. Iowa isn’t generally too tough, but Alabama, Arkansas, and Oklahoma are all good catches. West Virginia too: most years I’m SOL if I miss the family friend from Morgantown who’s usually gone by the end of June. This year I missed her but spotted another visitor from the “wild, wonderful” state.

Don Lyons, the guy who got me into this game, reports that he really and truly has seen North Dakota this year. Be still, my beating heart! For Don’s 85th birthday in the middle of the month, I made him a card with a North Dakota license plate on it. I also bought myself two items of hot-weather clothing from Deva Lifewear, which is located in North Dakota. Maybe these things will bring me luck?

A Hawaii plate passed me near the hospital the other day, but it was on the front end of the car. The rear plate, I’m pretty sure, was Massachusetts — sure enough that it wasn’t worth pulling a U-ie and chasing the car toward Oak Bluffs. For a while Massachusetts was a one-plate state, and if you got your current plate number in those years you can put anything you want on the front. I’ve seen this faux-Hawaii car before.

On to August!

About Susanna J. Sturgis

Susanna edits for a living, writes to survive, and has been preoccupied with electoral politics since 2016. She just started a blog about her vintage T-shirt collection: "The T-Shirt Chronicles." Her other blogs include "From the Seasonally Occupied Territories," about being a year-round resident of Martha's Vineyard, and "Write Through It," about writing, editing, and how to keep going.
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2 Responses to July License Plate Report

  1. deb says:

    love your post! just got back from a week on MV & saw 34 states (including DC) and 2 from canada. nothing you didn’t already have though. we come for a week every year, next year will make it a points-based game for our whole house, with more points for distance and low population. lucky you being year round…


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