Vanity Car Plates 4 Word Lovers – Thy Name is Los Angeles

30 May


“There comes a time when you look into the mirror and you realize that what you see is all that you will ever be. And then you accept it. Or you kill yourself. Or you stop looking in mirrors.”
Tennessee Williams

You’re so vain…

You probably think this post is about you!  Don’t you?  Don’t you?  Don’t you?

You’d be wrong 🙂

Vanity car license plates… I am obsessed with them.

Not surprisingly, in Los Angeles, vanity car plates are as common as DD breast implants and Botox.

One would expect a plethora of personalized plates in a community whose members are both incredibly vain and supremely creative.

Vanity car plates often share an entertaining spirit of play and fun. Often the words form a puzzle to solve – perfect for wordsmiths like me sitting in gridlock.  “GR8INBD” “STARGAZR” “1 LYNER”

These clever little phrases buzz around town, dart in and out of traffic, zip into the parking spot you had your eye on.

In L.A., reading – and deciphering – these vanity plates trumps Sudoku and the New York Times Crossword Puzzle for intellectual stimulation.

I saw this one yesterday.


I saw this plate near a friend’s beach place in Malibu.


What’s not to love?  I love laughs!  (Unless it means something entirely different? “I love L.A. f——- s—-?”)

Sometimes we get serious.


In most states, it’s easy as pie to get your own vanity plate, but you’ll have to shell out extra bucks on an annual basis.

I don’t have a vanity car plate yet, but I do have a chronic case of “plate envy.”



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14 Responses to “Vanity Car Plates 4 Word Lovers – Thy Name is Los Angeles”

  1. Carol Cassara May 30, 2014 at 12:44 pm #

    I love them, too. But not the ones that are too hard to figure out.

    • Barb Best May 30, 2014 at 2:01 pm #

      I agree, Carol. Some are very frustrating to solve… probably because many of the words use letters and/or numbers that are a bit of a stretch. There are many abbreviations, etc. Creative license – literally!

  2. Janie Emaus May 30, 2014 at 1:33 pm #

    We had one for our business many years ago. One of my favorites is my BFFs C2itltr It so fits her personality.

    • Barb Best May 30, 2014 at 1:56 pm #

      Love it… “See To It Later!”

  3. Dawn@LightenUp! May 30, 2014 at 2:10 pm #

    I’ve always loved them, too.I have a VW Beetle and always kind of wanted one that referred to my former photo career: SHUTRBUG or something.

    • Barb Best May 30, 2014 at 7:00 pm #

      Dawn, I understand! This is such a natural thing for a writer/artist to do.

  4. Stacey Thureen May 31, 2014 at 5:11 am #

    Great post, Barb! Living in the Greater Boston area, which isn’t too far from New Hampshire, we see NH vanity plates all the time. They are quite fun to see and interpret. 🙂

    • Barb Best May 31, 2014 at 11:40 am #

      Stacey, I’ve noticed that New Hampshire has many good ones!

  5. Diane May 31, 2014 at 8:44 am #

    I love sitting in traffic and puzzling over some creative licence plate in front of me. If there isn’t one in view, I work with the ‘normal’ plates I see. It’s amazing how many words you can get out of three random letters!

    • Barb Best May 31, 2014 at 11:43 am #

      Diane, thanks for dropping by… sounds like we enjoy the same hobby 🙂

  6. Diane Holcomb June 2, 2014 at 11:51 am #

    Some vanity plates stump me to no end. These are great. Easy to figure out, good messages. Yippee! – Hey, there’s a plate for ‘ya!

    You might get a kick out of my post about vanity plates:

    • Barb Best June 4, 2014 at 9:46 pm #

      Diane, thanks – I love your post! “Yippee” is perfect!

  7. CF Winn June 5, 2014 at 5:43 am #

    As usual, a wonderful post that I will share with the masses…plate envy…interesting and just up my alley – I love that the size of your wit matters.

    • Barb Best June 5, 2014 at 10:59 am #

      LOL! “the size of your wit matters” – Clever 😀

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