Originally Posted by mista_sse
I know there'* a lot of talk about GP owners bein' "Koky" I'm just wonder'n what kinda attitude do bonneville drivers have?
Oh, Lordy... Okay, you asked:
Since 1984 I've had vanity plates reading "I BYTE" (okay, well in 1984 I thought it was riotously funny) on my cars, including a Trans Am, two Cutlasses in succession, and currently the SSEi.
So anyway, early in the evening the phone rings, and it'* my brother in law. "Your car is going to be on the Ten O'Clock News!"
(Quick check out the front window. Yup, car'* still there.) "Um, why?"
"They're doing a feature story on unusual vanity plates, and they showed yours in a promo for the Ten O'Clock News! Better watch!"
So throughout the rest of the evening, we sort of knew when Channel 2 had run another promo for the late news, because seconds later we'd get a call from some friend or relative who'd just fallen out of their chair in surprise. A _lot_ of people know these plates.
I found a blank videotape and set up a VCR to tape, and sure enough, there was my plate in the story on vanity plates. Damn, I wonder where they'd found it. Must have been in a parking lot at Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg, IL, perhaps -- Channel 2 loves to go out there because it'* close to the expressway and they can get in and out real quick.
They'd filmed mine in extreme closeup at a funky angle -- you couldn't see anything of the car, just "I BYTE" filling the whole screen -- but then as we watched, the narrator said something like "Some plates reveal a more aggressive attitude" (uh-oh, now what...?) and they faded from my license plate into an interview with (I swear) a Doctor Sheldon Greenburg from something-or-other Hospital, who droned on for a while about how you weren't supposed to antagonize drivers who pick out "aggressive" license plates because you never know what they might do. Yes! Mess with me and ... um... I'll make your software all buggy, or something. (Microsoft users will never know the difference...
So there you have it. My 15 Minutes of Fame, and it goes to my car.