The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

3 July 2006


Twenty-two dollars (and, says the application form, a four-month wait) gets you a vanity plate in Oklahoma. Not that you have that many options:

  • Seven characters.
  • No punctuation other than hyphen (one) and space.
  • "Any special plate request deemed to be offensive to the general public will not be issued."

I had thought up a good one for a previous car, but never got around to applying for it: DCXXVI. No doubt this is due to a certain unwillingness to be conspicuous: drawing attention to one's vehicle is usually not a good idea, unless you're up to your eyeballs in fog — and if you are, a twelve-by-six metal rectangle isn't going to be much use anyway.

Still, the Topic Jar is about depleted, so if you'd like to recommend a plate that would be suitable for a 2000 Infiniti I30 with a whale-tail spoiler of dubious utility, I'm listening.

(The Sooner State, incidentally, also offers a series of environmental and wildlife-conservation plates; one of the latter includes an image of a deer. This plate is not being considered under any circumstances.)

Posted at 9:57 AM to Driver's Seat

Did you mean DCLXVI? DCXXVI is 626, which isn't exactly a conspicuous number.

Posted by: Jeremy Pierce at 11:54 AM on 3 July 2006

Yeah, but I was driving a (Mazda) 626.

Imagine the consternation.

Posted by: CGHill at 11:58 AM on 3 July 2006

Back when I was a mulletted teenage Rush fan in New York state, they inexplicably denied my application for 1001001. Something about the 0s being mistaken for Os. I wonder why that's not true of anything that has 0s in it. It was all for the best, since what did an 18 year old need with a personalized license plate on his 1985 1/2 Escort?

Posted by: Matt at 4:26 PM on 3 July 2006

I thought about FNORD23, but concluded I'd wind up spending the rest of my life explaining it — or that someone else already was.

Posted by: CGHill at 5:35 PM on 3 July 2006