August License Plate Report

201608 aug license plate

Iowa and Kansas both showed up in August, good ones both, especially for August. Vineyard roads are jammed in August — most years it’s all anyone talks about, though this year the lack of rain and the presidential election are in the running — but the hard-to-get license plates are no easier to spot, maybe because I’m staying off the roads as much as possible.

I spotted Iowa, I think it was, right outside the Oak Bluffs post office one afternoon as I walked from Reliable Market to my car in Ocean Park. I did a double-take because that’s a loading zone part of the day so usually all the vehicles illegally parked there have Massachusetts plates on them.

Parking in downtown Oak Bluffs can be a bear in the summer. The parking lot at Reliable is small and often full. Circuit Ave. and Kennebec are generally jammed, and the traffic that’s always on one’s tail makes one reluctant to pause when some car’s brakelights come on, signaling it’s about to vacate its spot. Some people I know do their grocery shopping in pairs — one to shop and one to drive around and around until either a parking place is found or the shopping is done, whichever comes first. I’ve had very good luck with the 15-minute spots on Ocean Park. It might take me as many as 20 minutes to walk briskly to Reliable, do my shopping, and carry my bags back again,, but I haven’t been ticketed yet.

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.
This entry was posted in license plates and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink.

3 Responses to August License Plate Report

  1. Wow…that’s a lot of visitors….I’m surprised we haven’t heard a loud splash…


  2. Helen Green says:

    I can’t tell by that map whether you have Missouri or not? I have summer neighbors from St. Louis. But you might have it already.

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.