Ships that pass in the night
Right about 9:00 PM of Thursday, September 2nd 2004, my wife and I were traveling West on the Mass Turnpike. We had just come on from Rte 495, and were almost at the first rest stop when a red pickup truck with the licence "IM ROOT" passed us.
My wife, a stickler for honesty, noted that it was dark, so the color may not have been red, and that the plate also might have been "IW ROOT". Fah, I say. If I am driving a blue sedan with the plate "PCUNIX", it is only logical to assume that "IW ROOT" is meaningless. She said it could be "Irving William Root". Foo on that.
I wanted to give chase and get a definitive ruling, but no, she wanted to stop and eat. So the mysterious Unix person disappeared into the night as we went to Papa Gino's.
While eating, I mentioned another Unixy plate I used to see around Westwood now and then: "SUN GOD". My wife asked why that wouldn't just be a tanning enthusiast. Foo again, and the close proximity of a very large Sun reseller to where I usually saw the car wouldn't change her mind. "You don't KNOW the owner worked there", she said. I muttered something around a mouthful of pizza.
"And what do you think the 'ESC ESC' plate in my office represents?", I asked after swallowing. This retired plate had been sent to me by my ex-partner Kevin Clark and I had hung it up in a suitable manner. "Get away from it all?", she ventured.
"Hah!", I retorted, "it's Filepro's default keys to record data!".
Women. What do they know about license plates?
See Unix license plates also.
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