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.
- 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?
- What is the likelihood that a front license plate will help catch a crook or a drug dealer?
- 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?
- Do prison inmates make license plates anymore? If not, why not? Seems like a good occupation for them.
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.