Sorry everyone, you are going to have to wait at least another post for birds. I know you are all upset, but I wanted to get this observation out before I forgot it. This one happened a few weeks back while driving home late one night. For some reason I can’t remember exactly why Linda and I were out that particular night, but since this occurred on I474 near Bartonville, I am guessing it was ..wait.. wait..brain making gyrations… binary tree search through long memory initiated… preempted with an aggressively pruned quicksort and now for a reverse recursive validation loop… Ding – oh yeah, we were heading back from a Dog Show just outside of Forsyth. We were in our big Toyota cruising down the highway in an unstoppable deathtrap. At the mercy of the car gods we could make it home without the evil carbot taking over control and sending us on a horrifying journey straight into the nearest wall… although I guess I could just pop it in neutral and coast to the side of the road but that won’t get the journalist to come a running now will it!
Oops, back to the post. On our way up the Bartonville hill towards Peoria I was passed by a dark blue (or black, it was night) Toyota Prius. Chuckling to myself on how tired his legs must be from peddling that hard, I watched the car drift by and merge back into my lane. As I usually do while on the road or walking through a parking lot, I took note of the license plate to see what clever saying or number they care to display to the world. If you are curious, the next thing I look for is a Jesus Fish because I find them absolutely annoying and like to point this fact out to my wife – although not nearly as annoying as the little family silhouettes that are so vogue these days – TRUST ME, NO ONE CARES how big your family is or whether you have a dog or a cat. Then I look for the Obama sticker and thank the driver for putting the US in double digit unemployment and unrecoverable debt. Unfortunately, I did not get to these secondary items because I was fascinated by the license plate. On the plate were the letters SUE EM 2. So apparently this particular driver wants the world to know they have an affinity to take people to court or I guess a slight chance they are named after a chocolate covered peanut candy (get that? hehehe). After much brain things inside my head, I decided it was the former and pondered on why anyone would want this particular plate. All I could think of were downsides. For example, if this person were to have trouble on the road, would you be willing to pull over and try to help them? Would a service vehicle be willing to provide assistance… or is the thought of being sued by the owner if it doesn’t happen to turn out completely in the car owner’s favor too big of a risk to even bother? As much as I hate people who abuse the legal system – think Lindsay L’s lawsuit against E-Trade just because they used her name and she thinks she is the only one in world that has rights to it (if she wins this, every Lindsay in the will have a defamation suit against her for ruining it in the tabloids) – I am likely to at a minimum hesitate before providing any immediate assistance. Couple that with the potential for their Prius carbot to awaken and they have definitely put themselves in a risky situation. Imagine what the cop would think as he was yelling in his bullhorn to put the car in neutral?
Oh well, I thought it was odd and figured I would share. I bet the next time you see a Jesus Fish or a family sticker in a car you will think of this post 8^)