UPDATE: Due to election discussion, we have pushed back the on-air discussion of the new Nebraska plates until Wednesday’s show. Barring a breaking news story (and we’re not talking cable tv “breaking-news-when-it-really-isn’t-breaking-news”), we’ll take up this topic on Wednesday morning’s show at 7:35am. Prepare to vent.
Here we go again. The state of Nebraska is asking us to vote on our new licence plate design which will adorn our cars starting in 2011. You might have guessed by the title of my post, that I am less than impressed with this year’s finalists, which are the licence plate beauty contest equivilent to a Miss America contest that comes down to Whoopi Goldberg, Amy Winehouse, the old lady from “The Goonies” and 1980′s Cyndi Lauper.
I don’t mean to be harsh to the fine folks who designed these four entries, but for cripes sake can’t anyone design an attractive licence plate for this state that once people see it, they will universally say “Holy crap! That’s gonna look great on my car! I’ll buy another car just so I can have another set!”
For examples of what other states have done, look around at this website. Quick, how many of you use to cringe everytime you saw those blue with white letter adorned Iowegan cars? It was like a scarlet letter that screamed “Look out, I have no clue what I am doing so be prepared to brake without warning.”
Here’s where you can vote. The only real choice I see is the one with the meadowlark. It’s different than what we’ve had before and it actually has stuff in it beyond the same old state capitol-Chimney Rock-farm animals motif that seems to have taken a stranglehold over our “we-don’t-want-to-do-Husker-themed-plates-for-fear-that-everyone-will-figure-out-that-we-really-are-single-minded.” Here’s a look at some of our “winners” from past years. I still remember fondly the Bi-centennial “Indian head” plates because those were the first ones I recall – and they looked great on dad’s old ’72 Impala.