Thursday, October 28, 2010

My license plate obsession.

When I started my blog last year, I made a list of happy little things that I wanted to post about.  One of the things at the top of my list was license plates (I talked about that here).  I just LOVE looking at license plates and I can't even stop myself if I wanted to, which I don't, so that works out nicely.

When Elliott was about three years old, I gave him the nick name E-Man.  He was SO active and actively engaged in all things destructive that I thought he needed an action figure name ... thus, E-Man ensued and we still call him that.

I don't think it was too long after we moved to Draper, that I pulled up to a light and was stopped right behind a car with the license plate "E Man" and YOU KNOW I did a song and dance in my head about how cool that was!!!!  Except it was a bummer too because I thought, Oh shoot!  That would have been such a cute plate for Elliott to get when he starts driving.

I actually saw it around town quite frequently in the following years and then my sightings stopped.  Just a few months ago, McCall said, "Mom!  I saw a license plate that said E Man, how cool is that?!?!?!"

It was back.  And then a few weeks ago, I had a sighting of my own ... and I had my camera.  And isn't it funny how after you become a blogger, everything becomes a little bit more of a photo op? 

I really do think that Utah drivers pick out some pretty clever personalized plates.  Like the big yellow Hummer I saw the other day with the plate "HUMMBEE" and the grey mini van I was behind yesterday that said "DSNYVAN".  I saw one a couple of weeks ago with my sister that said "SPOILME" and the one below, which I saw in the high school parking lot, must belong to someone who is spoiled!   :)

Not that this one is so original, but hey, she got it first!

It was probably sometime last year, I was in the drive thru parking lot of McDonald's (imagine that) and I saw a plate that said "DONNY O" and I freaked out!!!  I wanted to get out and meet the person who owned it and ask her (of course I assume it would be a her) if she was a HUGE Donny Osmond fan and how long had she had it ... but I had cars behind me and I SOOOO wished that I had had a camera with me so I could take a picture of it to send to my friend Diane!  I was a little distressed about it too. The phone that I had back then didn't have a camera on it.  Boo!  As I made my way to the window, I thought maybe I should drive back around and wait for the owner, then ask them if they could take a picture of it and email it to me ... then I re-thought that and decided against it because - how lame would THAT be?

I was bummed.  (What's that expression - simple things for simple minds?)  And I really did think I was being silly.  My word, I could just tell her about it, right?  But it isn't the same as seeing it.  Shoot.

Guess what I saw today??????  I was on the phone with my sister, Courtney.  I got behind that Donny O car and said, "Oh my gosh, there's that plate.  I have to hang up. Call you back!"

I followed the car into the parking lot of the Olive Garden, waited for them to go into the restaurant, and then ever so discreetly, took a picture.  And it made me soooo happy! 

So, this one's for you Di:


  1. you. are. kidding. this is why i'm so glad your my mom. hahaha. you license plate stalker, you. ;)

  2. didn't proof read first...YOU'RE my mom!

  3. I don't see them as much since I moved down here to the country but I used to have one for said.."SONGBRD"..because I sing. Every once in a while I'd see the same one but from Idaho! ;D

  4. Great post!
    GREAT accompanying pictures!

    You are so on the ball; thanks for sharing.

    I have also taken pictures of unknowing people out there then blogged about them. Photos and blogs go nicely together!

    from one stalker to another,
    Julie Cole

  5. OMGosh...wasn't that Donny's plate when we climbed onto his car where it was parked...and took pictures in Vegas? I have those pictures...I will have to check...I think you were in a long peach dress! Rememeber that? Who was driving the car you saw in this photo? Was it someone in his family? Maybe just a fan? I bet that is the most followed car anywhere! Cause everyone wants to see if he is driving it? Could've been his son Don, Jr. and his brand new wife? HOW FUN!!!! =D Thanks Pol~ I love it! Brings back some great memories!

  6. First off....I did show my daugher the snow images you took...just as I suspected she wants to pack her bags an more to Utah...silly girl..and we live in Canada..the Great White North!

    I love all these today...what a fun thing to do..I always look for plates from another provinces or states...xoxoxo

    Friday hugs...the weekend is almost here. xoxo

  7. Love your blog. I'm a fancier of license plates also. But the best thing about your blog? Sister Hinckley's quote. Only coz it's soooo true. And I would have not even stopped at the drive through had I seen the Donny O plate! lol