February License Plate Report

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After a strong January, February is often so-so, but not this year. Sure, 6 is a lot less than 25, but what do you expect when the game starts from zero every January 1?

And will you take a look at #4 of those 6: Hawaii! The “where” is even more amazing, because I didn’t spot Hawaii in the M.V. Hospital parking lot (where I have indeed found it in one or two previous years). No — it was parked next to me at the Vineyard Haven dog park, which is in the woods about a mile down a mostly dirt road.

Unfortunately I didn’t get to speak with the driver and get an answer to the perennial question of how vehicles with Hawaii plates get to Martha’s Vineyard. Well, yes, of course they come on an SSA ferry like vehicles with every other state’s plate — the real question is how, and why, they get across the Pacific to the West Coast and then across the continental U.S. to New England.

The car’s people must have been walking in the woods while Tam and I were playing in the big-dog section of the dog park, and they slipped away without my noticing.

Illinois showed up just after the month changed. What else will March bring? North Carolina is late this year, so that would be nice, and how about Michigan, Indiana, Washington state, and Iowa — Iowa so I can complete the stack just to the east of the stack that will probably never be all filled in. I mean, if it didn’t happen in 2019, a rare year that I actually saw North Dakota, can it ever happen at all? Who knows. Watch this space.

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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1 Response to February License Plate Report

  1. Ellen T. Miller says:

    February brought Ohio, Oklahoma, and Indiana but that’s all.  Nothing yet this month.  I also have Kansas and Alabama, but not New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, or Hawaii.  Isn’t it funny that on such a small Island (which I travel daily) we see such different cars?Looking forward to the FRG tomorrow.  Best, Ellen “Don’t look back, you’re not going that way…”

    Ellen T. MillerP. O. Box 4456Vineyard Haven, MA 02568508-693-7846


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