January License Plate Report

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Usually I get at least 20 states in January, almost half the total. This year? Hah. The tally when the month ran out was a whopping 13, a scant quarter of the 51 I’m looking for. (Because I lived in D.C. for 11 years, and because when I first registered to vote it was as a member of the D.C. Statehood Party, you know I count D.C. as well as the 50 that are fully represented in Congress.)

The usual number are most likely out there roaming around. I’m the one who’s not.

In order of their spotting, I saw Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Virginia, New Hampshire, California, Rhode Island, Vermont, Oregon, Texas, Tennessee, and Maine. Tennessee is a good catch for January, so there’s that.

February is generally a slow month. I’ve figured it’s because I spot nearly everything that’s here for the winter in January. If this February checks in with a strong showing that makes up for lackluster January, I’ll count that as support for my theory.

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 January License Plate Report

  1. And I thought I was the only one who did this kind of thing! (As for plates spotted in the Great State of Colorado….I’m thinking most of them have been down here lately…FL, IL, NE, KS, OK, TX, CA, NV, UT, AK, NY, IA, OH, IN, GA, MI, OR, ID, NM, AZ, DC, VA, KY, SD, MT…. Of course, we do have military forts here…So we could be cheating!)

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    • Playing the game on an island probably makes it more challenging. Every car here came over by boat, which means none of them got here by accident or on a whim. Which makes Hawaii plates especially remarkable — considering they have to cross two oceans to get here! But they’re not the rarest (that would be North Dakota), and they’re probably not in the scarcest five. My theory is that they’re military personnel whose official residence is Hawaii but who are currently stationed somewhere in New England. One of these days I’ll find a Hawaii car that’s parked and with the driver still in it. Then I’ll ask.


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