Before hand-held game players and certainly ceiling mounted DVD players, road trip entertainment often turned to games you played by looking out the window.
The simplest license plate game was to just spot out-of-state license plates. Many other games and even singing were part of the selection but honestly I don’t remember much singing because I know I can’t sing and I got that no-tune-carrying gene from my parents.
I also remember a time when we didn’t have all these different special cause plates. I’m not sure of the exact number but I think Illinois has about 100 special plates.
That really complicates the game but I suspect the game might not be played that much anymore. Sometime in the 70’s or 80’s the vanity plate showed up. I’ve never owned one but I do enjoy seeing the creativity of them. Also, it’s good to know someone is willing to give our state a few extra bucks.
Vanity plates - hold that thought.
Last month I posted a dialog based on movie quotes (IMHO it was great). I titled it Hooah which comes from the movie “Scent of a Woman” (also Hooah really is shouted in the Army). I just checked, this Al Pacino movie came out in 1992. I really enjoyed the movie.
Maybe it was on a Sunday in 1993. It certainly was a Sunday and it certainly was after the movie was a hit.
Family loads into the car having just left Sunday morning mass. There in the parking lot I spot a vanity plate. God knows why I was playing license plates but it was the solitaire version.
As we pull behind the car (family includes a couple of teenagers), I announce loudly (and proudly since I didn’t win license plates very often):
“Look there’s Hooah from the movie Taste of a Woman”.
I was not expecting the reaction. Taste, scent, it was one of the senses - right?
“You’re gross dad!”
“Oh, yeah, I meant scent.”