August License Plate Report

Nothing to report. No new plates, no new states. The map is no more green than it was at the end of July. It’s no less green either, true. This is good, but it’s also not surprising. Once a plate’s been spotted, it can’t be unspotted.

What’s done cannot be undone, said Lady Macbeth. Or something like that.

What does it mean? What it does not mean is that the island was not swarming with cars. (How’s that for a double negative?) It was, but of course. The month just past was August after all. What it means is that where I was, the cars were not; where the cars were, I was not. This is good.

This morning, however, I saw lots and lots of cars. I took my born-again politico self down to Five Corners, the veritable Heart of Traffic, for a standout on behalf of Sam Sutter, Democratic candidate for Congress from the brand-new 9th Massachusetts Congressional District.

Out of all those dozens and hundreds of cars and trucks, the most exotic plates I spotted were Illinois and Tennessee. Not exotic at all. Massachusetts dominated, and many, many of the Mass. plates were clearly local. After that it was the usual suspects: Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey, interspersed with Pennsylvania and the northern New England states.

Maybe all the hard-to-spot states really did vanish at the end of July.

ISO Mississippi, New Mexico, Nebraska, Montana, Hawaii, South Dakota, and North Dakota.

A new congressman would also be good. The primary’s next Thursday, September 6. If you’re taking a Democratic ballot, do consider voting for Sam Sutter.

And call me if you see any of those AWOL states.


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 August License Plate Report

  1. Barb Winters says:

    9-17-12 Just saw New Mexico at the corner of Main and S. Summer St. in Edgartown. Cranberry SUV. By the time I got someone to read the lists of states you needed on my phone (didn’t have my glasses) the car was gone. I’ll call you if I see it again.


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