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The Big Reveal

May

16, 2011 |

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I’ve held you in suspense for two weeks now, and I’m sure you’re all dying of curiosity to know the make and model of the license plate. Dying.

REDZMZM

I love that so many of you instantly thought of the Zoom! Zoom! Zoom! commercial. My mind never went there, but apparently the car’s owner’s did. It was indeed a Red Mazda.

I thought surely someone would guess the make, but alas, no one.

So, want to see the picture?

A red Mazda MX5 Convertible. Beautiful piece of work, isn’t it?

Stina Lindenblatt from Seeing Creative was the first one to guess Red Mazda, so I hearby proclaim her as our winner! A Lion bar will be on its way post haste. 🙂

And just for fun, here’s my license plate of the day:

1UNDRPAR

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Extreme Parallel Parking

May

02, 2011 |

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You knew it had to come up . . . but darned if I didn’t see even one personalized plate in France. Yeah, I think that’s just not done there. Probably because the French spend all their energy learning to park in impossible places:

Why bother thinking up a creative 8-letter (or whatever it is in France) commentary about yourself when no one will be able to see the plate half the time anyway?

Actually, I’m wondering if personalized plates are an exclusively American thing. I’d love it if all of you who live in other countries would confirm or correct my opinion. (Please!)

Anywho . . . since there are more than enough creative plates here in Virginia to make up for it, I’ve decided on a compromise. Here’s how it will work:

Good, yes? Because I have to say that I’m sacrificing a lot by sharing my limited supply of Lion bars with you. You can’t get these in the U.S., and they are SUPER yummy!

So on to the important stuff. I saw this car parked at the grocery story, and I was grinning the whole time I was there. You may laugh, but as a children’s writer, I’m trying to take lessons from my audience. We should all let something so simple make us happy.

And, the license plate du jour:

REDZMZM

On your mark. Get set. Guess!

P.S. If you haven’t voted in the latest This vs. That, please head on over before I tally the results. 🙂

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Brawl ‘n Haul Contest: Wacky License Plate Wednesday

Mar

30, 2011 |

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You knew we had to have something associated with license plates, right? So today, Vicki and I are each posting personalized plates for this car:

 Vote on which plates you prefer in the comments. Here’s mine:

BITE ME

Now, off with you to Vicki’s blog to see her plates, just be sure to come back here and vote.

And just for fun, here’s another wacky car we liked. Give us your plates!


And if you’re just joining us, here are the rules for our Brawl ‘n Haul contest. For a longer explanation and the posting schedule for the contest, click here.

Rules:

  1. You must be a follower of both blogs
  2. When you comment, let us know if you prefer Grand Prize #1 – 10-page critique by Sarah LaPolla (Note: your ten pages must be for a YA or Adult work) or Grand Prize #2 – A Prize-filled Gift Basket
  3. You can earn 5 bonus entries for the grand prize by spreading the word in any way shape or form (twitter, blogs, facebook, sidebar, etc.)
  4. This is open internationally! Woo hoo!
  5. Contest Closes Saturday 2 April at midnight EST. All winners will be announced Monday, 4 April 

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License Plate Trivia Revealed

Feb

07, 2011 |

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So wow, I was impressed with how many of you got the color right! *wink, wink*

For those of you just tuning in, the license plate was

ROS3RED

My readers were charged with guessing the color, make and model.

But alas, no one got it exactly right. Stina Lindenblatt was the closest with the guess of a Red, Toyota, Sienna.

Red, yes. Toyota, yes. Sienna, no.

This license plate actually corresponds to the car model. “ROS3” or Rose is a type of flower, no? So this car was a red Toyota Corolla. Corolla is a Latin word which means the collective petals of a flower. Not a perfect fit, but you can definitely see the connection.
In any case, congratulations, Stina! You have the choice of your favorite candybar or a Mystery Prize. It may be better than a candybar. It may not be (bwa-ha-ha!). Your pick. 😀

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License Plate Fun

Dec

10, 2010 |

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Last Sunday I saw this license plate:

RIT ON

Now if I adjust it just a touch . . .

WRIT ON

. . . isn’t that perfect?

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Guess that car!

Oct

04, 2010 |

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It’s been months since I obsessed (publicly) about personalized license plates. But I certainly haven’t stopped finding fun ones. Yesterday I saw:

BZE GMA (any guesses?)

and

LOVE NBA (obvious, huh?)

Seriously, they’re like the ultimate twitter. How much can you say about yourself in 7 letters?

But I digress. So here’s the game: Guess the car make, model and color.

Simple enough, right? Last time it was WAY too easy. And I foolishly gave a hint. *snort, cough* This time it will be harder. Maybe.

SUSHIBX

First person to get it right, I’ll mail their favorite candy bar. Or they can choose to be surprised. *big grin*

Ready. Set. Go!

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Guess That Car

Jun

02, 2010 |

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You know me and personalized license plates. So, . . .

License Plate Game of the Week:

Guess the make, model and color (must be the specific color, and yes, that’s a hint) of the car with the following license plate:

HER KIWI

Definitely do-able. First person to get it, I’ll mail a chocolate bar of their choice. If no one guesses by midnight EDT of Friday, June 4, we’ll try again another week. Okay, and to be fair, one guess per person. Make it a good one!

Good luck!

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Personalized Plates?

Mar

24, 2010 |

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In Virginia, it doesn’t cost much to personalize your plates, so we see quite a few. Here are the top 10 (as chosen by my husband and I), for you to figure out:

1. NANAVAN3

2. OLD BATS

3. SG1GRL

4. SNOMNKY

5. ADHDx5

6. WSHPNIN

7. SVLIVS

8. SPRTOY

9. VOCLST

10. GUDTGO

10.2 GW PROF (I know, I know! I just liked too many)

Can you figure them all out?

I grew up in a family of personalized plates:

My dad: STRNMY (know what it says?)
My mom: JANET’S
Me: SUMNER (it was my dad’s idea so I’d remember who I was wherever I went. Thanks, dad.)

The whole personalized thing is pretty fascinating. It’s like micro-communication with a bunch of random strangers. Even having grown up with that, I’m still not sure why people choose to do it. What do you think?

And just for the fun of it: You have a max of 8 letters to say something about yourself that you’re willing to share with the world. What do you say?

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