Greetings! I’ve been back from Idaho for almost a week now and I’m still sort of getting myself together. I want to write a little bit more in-depth about my trip when I have more time, but, for now, I thought I’d reveal the result of the thrilling and controversial Georia License Plate Contest. Dun dun DUNNN!
Ok, so it’s not really thrilling. It’s more annoying and disappointing, as most things involving government and anything vaguely to do with the arts, culture or just plain good taste tend to be. But I digress! If you’ve been around these parts for the past month and change, you’ll remember my previous posts about the contest and ensuing controversy; the long and short of it is that they scrapped the results of the first vote and put it to the people again. These were the new three finalists. (Interestingly, tags 1 and 2 were in the first round of finalists.)
Slim pickins, am I right? Yeesh. To my mind, the best possible outcome here would have been tag 3, in spite of the Harry Potter font. Less is more. Unfortunately, the fine folks in the governor’s office don’t think that way. We Georgians will soon be uglifying roadways the country over with this tag:
BLECHHH. I’m surprised they didn’t try to shoehorn peanuts, Coca-Cola and James Brown in on there somewhere too, or add the state bird for good measure. Was this a contest to see how much you could fit on one license plate?
The press release accompanying the announcement reveals that the winner carried the vote by a wide margin, and also that the no. 2 plate was designed by the same artist — she’s done murals for the Department of Corrections and other public and private organizations. Harry Potter Font didn’t stand a chance.
So, there you have it. I’ll be hanging onto my current metal tag as long as I can (they’re going to flat plastic), and maybe someday I’ll cough up the extra money for a specialty plate with a cute kitty or a wildflower or some deer on it.