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I got my whale tail - RonO's Ramblings

Dec. 20th, 2008 06:16 pm I got my whale tail

One of the downsides to moving from Illinois was that I had to give up my Route-66 license plates. I know many people who admired them. I figured that since I really don't like boring blue and red on white plates (and it sometimes seems that 48 of the states have those as their default plates -- o.k. I know it isn't quite that many) I would get those in honor of having grown up about half-way down Route 66 from Chicago to LA.

But, I moved to California and was going to be stuck with blue and red on white default plates again. So, before we left I looked at the plate options for California and decided that the Coastal plates (a.k.a. "Whale Tail") where my favorite. Of course when we went to AAA within the requisite 10 days of arriving, we had to get sequential default plates. At that time, robot_grrl ordered up custom plates of the "Kid Friendly" verity. However, anything I could think of to put on them was taken. So I resigned myself to having to wait until I could order whale tail plates with my number.

Then, a few weeks later, I went online and requested plates that incorporated my car model with my nickname, and was able to get them! But since I ordered them online, they had to be shipped to a DMV office, and I chose the one near where we were staying in temporary housing.

A couple of weeks ago, Tara got word that her plates were at the AAA office where we had initially got our plates. We drove down there on the way to December Nights and got them.

On Tuesday I got a letter from the DMV informing me that my plates were available. So I called the DMV -- and had to call the toll-free number which was probably routed to Sacramento or wherever the central switchboard for the DMV is located. The operator (once I managed to force my way to an operator) didn't sound sure about having custom plates sent to a AAA office from a DMV, but took the information. Yesterday, I got a call from the Oceanside AAA office, my plates were in.

Now my car proudly sports a set of Whale Tail license plates:

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Date:December 21st, 2008 06:28 am (UTC)
Guess you are glad that your nick name was not Sea....
Date:December 21st, 2008 03:42 pm (UTC)
What's the significance of "RONO VUE?" (Okay, the RONO I can figure out.)
Date:December 21st, 2008 04:18 pm (UTC)
He owns a Saturn Vue.

I must admit that what I think of when I hear the words "Whale tail" is totally different :-)

Date:December 22nd, 2008 01:11 am (UTC)
Sadly, my brain went to that exact place as well.
Date:December 22nd, 2008 01:42 am (UTC)
Not being a car guy, nor having insight into how decisions were made by the California DMV or the Coastal Commission, I cannot be unsure that the choice of putting a painting of the tail of a whale onto these particular license plates wasn't specifically to reference that particular car.