Thursday, October 4, 2007

Bumper sticker blogs?

OK, so you guys have pointed me in the direction of some great grammar police blogs, and for that I am thankful. Now I have another, perhaps greater challenge for you. Are equal to the task? I think you are.

I have a work-in-progress that's back of the burner right now, but I'm still in low-level in research mode for it. It's a road-trip novel, and I'm collecting interesting/funny/incongruous bumper stickers. Especially bumper sticker that seem to collide with others on the same vehicle/with the driver/with the car. At some point, I'm probably going to start taking pictures. Any leads?

One of my daughters pointed out that my car, a Prius, sports the trifecta in liberal commentary. I've got a rainbow strip across the back window, a Darwin fish, and a yellow "Support the troops/bring them home" magnetic ribbon positioned above my gas tank. Wait, wait, I'm not getting all sanctimonious on you, I know that bumper stickers are as much about the car driver you want to be as much as it is about the person you are. And I know that my too-big old house is an energy sinkhole. But I guess you could say that my car projects my ideal world. I think lots of people feel the same way.

Any bumper sticker anthropologists out there?

4 comments:

caraf said...

Come to my neighborhood and I will show you a DOOZY. The king of all bumper sticker cars.

Also, see: http://caraf.blogs.com/caraf/2006/06/at_the_group_ho.html

Sara Latta said...

Yeah, it's a pickup, right? I've stopped to read its collected wisdom more than once.

I saw one the other day which I thought was hilarious but will never use (for reasons you'll understand). On the back of a car driving too slowly and over-cautiously was a bumper sticker that read, "It's OK, I'm Asian." And yes, the driver was Asian.

Speak(er) said...

Sorry, no picture. But my favorite set of bumper stickers was on a car I saw several decades ago. On one side was a bumper sticker that said, "Save the Baby Seals!". On the other side, "I'm Pro-Choice, And I Vote"!". It was early in the morning, I was heading to work, but I wasn't too sleepy to wonder about just what had the person been thinking who had placed those two next to each other.

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