2013-05-10 / Columnists

Slice Of Life

by Beth Hanning

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I love the New York Yankees. Ever since I was a young girl in the 1970s with a crush on Bucky Dent, I have loved the Yankees. I have had Yankees baseball hats in all different colors, t-shirts and even socks. One thing I have never thought of doing is purchasing a Yankees license plate. I think it is wonderful to be such a dedicated fan, but I personally think you should not have a Yankee vanity plate, or any other professional team, UNLESS you are on that team. While driving one day, I saw a gentleman with Yankee vanity plates and the plate “A-Rod.” My two daughters asked me to speed up to see Alex Rodriguez driving the car. They were very disappointed when I hurried up to the car and it was not the original A-Rod.

Professional sports fanatics are not the only offenders. Sports fans in general love to advertise their affection for different aspects of sports. Recently I saw a plate that read “LLUMP.” I am assuming that this person is a dedicated person who volunteers his or her time to umpire little league. However admirable I think umpiring little league baseball is, the person just lost a lot of respect.

Do not even get me started on vanity plates I cannot figure out. I have almost gotten into mulitple car accidents while trying to decipher a witty code. Now I can figure out the easy ones like “MXBHVN.” But it is when I see this that I almost crash: “VNSHPNY.”

Even moms are offenders. Even in the 1980s when I was in high school and the “Baby on Board” stickers became popular, I thought they were unnecessary. In the 1980s the minivan or station wagon was the mom mobile. Did you really need a yellow decal to alert people you had children on board? Nowadays moms drive a variety of cars, a sleeker minivan and some moms even drive extra large SUVs. Instead of having yellow decals, we now have stick figure families. Depending on the size of your family, you can have stick figures to represent family members, and they even have dogs and cats. I just do not understand why one would want to be represented by a childlike stick figure?

For some reason my favorite fan was a local person who drove an SUV with the word “Warriors” on the back tinted window. This had to be a homage to the 1979 futuristic film The Warriors. Now this guy was an avid fan of this film and I often wondered who he was. He was not jumping on a sports bandwagon because they had won the World Series or acquired the hottest draft pick. He was honoring a movie over 30 years old. Now that is a fan. I am assuming his SUV was ruined with Sandy. I hope he (I am assuming it is a gentleman) gets a new Warriors logo. ***It is so great to see businesses opening each week.***

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