“Can I see your license and proof of insurance?”
“Sure, okay, just a minute, wait a minute, okay, whoops here it is, dam, is that the right one, whoops, sorry … Is there a reason?”
“Yes, there is. Have you looked at your car lately, of course you have!” (At least he had a sense of humor.)
“Your plate, there’s no blue left on it!”
“I know, I’ve had it since 1979” what more could I say. “I’ve grown attached to it. And the dirt on it, it's like a little outline don't you think?" (He didn't think so.)
Good thing he wasn't looking at the front plate ...Wait a minute, I see blue, and much better dirt.
Tomorrow Officer, I promise (and I've found the tools) but do you think I can convince them to let me keep the memories, you know ... to frame and hang in the living room?
Since 1979 these plates have graced a Ford Mustang, a Chevrolete Cavalier, a GMC Jimmy, a Buick Skylark, an Oldsmobile Cutlass Sierra, a Hyundai Santa Fe another Hyundai Santa Fe and a Hyundai Tuscon and seen over a million kilometers of road. I'm going to miss them.