matter where you live, you've probably seen a license plate like the
above, designating an otherwise normal-looking car as belonging to a
police officer, veteran, diplomat, or some other such thing. They are
called organizational plates, and I for one see them all the time;
rarely, though, do they excite me much. However, I was driving to work
the other day and I saw an organizational plate that truly impressed
me. It looked like this:
Now that is the kind of affiliation you want to brag about, vehicular-ly speaking.
I tailed the Barbershop Quartet Singer for a while, wanting to see if he looked like I pictured (handlebar mustache, vertical-striped shirt, suspenders, possibly in black and white), or if he was in fact en route to a barber shop. The bad news was that he looked pretty normal and was just getting on the Beltway; the good news was that I was also getting on the Beltway, so following him didn't get me lost or make me late for work.
Anyway, when I got home that night I looked online for more information about the Barbershop Quartet plates and was sidetracked by the very interesting website of Andrew Pang, a Virginian who collects DC/MD/VA license plates. I browsed his awesome lists of Maryland organizational plates and have come up with the following list:
The Top Five Maryland License Plates I Would Most Like to Have
5. Maryland Science Center plate
License plate with a dinosaur on it? Want.
4. Optimist Club plate
It surprises me that they did not get a little more creative and throw a smiley face or something on this plate, but its bland institutional-ness kind of appeals to me. It says, "Just because I'm in the Optimist Club doesn't mean I'm a cheese ball." Totally true.
3. Square Dancing plate
I keep trying to think of how to properly caption this or comment on it, but all I can think when I look at it is HELL YEAH.
2. Professional Disc Golf Association plate
Um, what don't I love about this plate? It is the coolest thing ever.
1. Ancient Order of Hibernians
Apparently this is some sort of Irish fraternal organization, but it sounds cooler without the explanation. I want to get this plate and make people think that I am part of some special tribe of humans who branched off from the evolutionary path and took up hibernation. I could probably use it to get out of working during the winter.
American Massage Therapy Association
Um, sucio. I get the feeling the person who owns this car works for one of those kind of massage places.
La Leche League
Honk if you love breast milk.
Poe's Crows Club
I'm not even going to Google what this is, because I don't want to be disappointed. I'm just going to assume it involves re-enactments of Edgar Allen Poe stories.