Why, oh, why?

I think some of my rants are quasi-important, but since I haven’t indulged in one for a while, I should clearly state that this one isn’t important at all.  🙂   I’ll label this clearly as a mini-rant whose title’s question doesn’t really demand an answer.

A couple of weeks ago, I finally got through the last steps of an arduous process.  Completing Phase Three of a tenure review process?  No.  Finishing radiation treatments?  No.  Something far less important.

It took about six weeks to finish — in part, because of

  • not living anywhere near a hardware store or a Walmart
  • not remembering things at the times when I was nearer those stores
  • de-prioritizing this whole escapade, since its importance pales in comparison to a lot of other goings-on

The problem?  Installing a license plate on the front bumper of our 2008 Honda Accord.

According to this site, as of 2009, 31 of these “united” states require a 2nd license plate on the front bumper.  Here are a few questions.

  1. First:  why?  Why is the front plate required by these 31, and why do the other 19 not require it?  Could it be that some tax-mongering states — I don’t know, like NEW YORK? — required it so they could collect higher fees for registering cars?
  2. What is the likelihood that a front license plate will help catch a crook or a drug dealer?
  3. Why, given that 31 states do require it, does my Accord not have a built-in way to attach the plate?  Honda, couldn’t you have made that a little easier?
  4. Do prison inmates make license plates anymore?  If not, why not?  Seems like a good occupation for them.

Here’s my jerry-rigged front plate.  

This little operation required three trips to different stores over a period of 5-6 weeks, about an hour of my time, 6-8 bolts (see extra bolts on one corner in the 1st pic), brackets (see 2nd pic), a couple of washers, and some electrical tape (also see 2nd pic.  And I still think the plate will end up falling off.


4 thoughts on “Why, oh, why?

  1. Laurie Smith 10/10/2012 / 2:37 pm

    If 31 states require front license plates, that means that 19 (not 29) do not.


    • Brian Casey 10/10/2012 / 2:45 pm

      I used to be good at math. My errors of typo and all other varieties have increased a lot in recent years. Thanks. Fixed that error!


  2. SisyphusFalls 10/10/2012 / 10:34 pm

    This just made me think of all the garbage I had to go through moving to NY. Matt is one of the most expensive “investments” I’ve made in my life, and he’s certainly worth it 😉

    NY State made me register for a license twice. Apparently, having all the documentation to show I was married wasn’t enough. They first have to issue me a license in my maiden name (since that was what my OH license was under), charging me an arm and a leg for something I could have put together at Office Max, then proceed to charge me about half that cost to get the license in my married name since oh, yes, now it’s very official.

    Superficial government run scams, I tell ya.


    • Brian Casey 10/10/2012 / 10:46 pm

      NIce to hear ya from. Scams — yeah. Loved the Office Max crack!


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