Yesterday, while I was driving back to work from my lunch break, I saw this big-a$$ truck with a “MYTRUCK” custom plate in the front of it.
One of the cool things about the US is the fact that one can pay a little extra and get a license plate (vanity license plate) that fits their lifestyle, personality, or interests. For about $60 (as opposed to $35), not only can you choose amongst a bunch of designs, but you can also make up your choice of numbers and letters.
My own license plate is like that. Most people don’t know what the hell it means, but I really don’t care, because it means a lot to me. For starters, I chose the Sheep Wagon themed license plate to support Basque activities in Boise. When you chose a personalized plate, part of the extra money goes to support the organization or group featured in the license plate. Then you can add your own wording. In general you are allowed 7 characters to make up your word, but in my case, the sheep wagon takes up extra space so I could only use 5. Thus the “GATBU” instead of “GATIBU”. Probably most people in the Basque Country now got it, right?
In my opinion, Gatibu rocks. The reason why I chose them for my license plate goes beyond the music; thinking about this group brings up memories of one of the toughest but best times of my life. The beginning of a new journey on my own, before the full weight of responsibility and growing up hit me square in the face. A time to make long-lasting friendships and learn a lot about myself. A great trip back to the Basque Country, to reconnect with my friends and family, and where I actually got to meet the band (I will never forget Morga, remember, Itxaso and Irune?). Then there is the meaning of the word “Gatibu” in itself (“captive”), because, as much as I love Boise and I am happy here, I feel like that sometimes. I can’t move back to the Basque Country, I can only visit, and not that often.
Anyway, to me the whole point of getting a custom license plate is to help an organization you feel strongly about, or chose a word meaningful to you. But, seriously… Is it really worth the extra money to get a “MYTRUCK” license plate for your truck? We can already see it is a truck, and that you are driving it.
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