May License Plate Report

Missouri and Michigan showed up in May. Too bad Mississippi didn’t make it a 3M hat trick.

The tally was disappointing till I consulted my maps for previous years. They reminded me that May often isn’t a big month for new spottings. 2016 brought just one (Missouri) and 2015 two (Idaho and Utah). I counted five in 2014 (Alabama, West Virginia, Kansas, Tennessee, and Missouri), but 2014 was the best overall of the last several years, not least because Nebraska slid in just under the wire at the end of December.

Missouri does seem to have an affinity for May, or maybe it’s May that attracts Missouri.

I’m bemused by the absence of North Carolina, South Carolina, and Washington State. They’re usually on the map before June. I’m pretty sure I’ve seen all of them, but it hasn’t registered because I thought I already had them. And oops! once again I’ve forgotten D.C. I know I’ve seen at least one from the Last Colony. I’ll be more attentive in June.


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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4 Responses to May License Plate Report

  1. Strange about the Carolinas. Looking forward to a completed map 🙂


  2. Just spotted Minnesota at the Registry of Motor Vehicles while I was renewing my license. Maybe that was the third M.


  3. The Lost Colony! LOL…Is it too late to cut them loose?


    • LAST Colony! It’s not too late to give D.C. full representation in Congress instead of one goddamn non-voting delegate in the House. However, this won’t happen till the city is so gentrified and white that most of it votes Republican — IOW, never.


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