Contem-plate-ing the quirky stories in this city
SOME people collect stamps; others coins, or classic cars. Twitchers seek out the rarest birds like the paparazzi stalk Leo DiCaprio in his finest dad bod.
Me? I have a thing for number plates.
I know. Weird. I'm not so dedicated that I have my own personalised plates (yet), but seeing a good one makes my day.
Every time I walk down the street or hop in my car, I'm automatically on the lookout. When I revealed my penchant to a friend, he then realised he couldn't stop looking either.
According to the Department of Transport and Main Roads, last year there were about 3700 new personalised plates sold in Wide Bay.
They say the Gold Coast is the personalised plate capital, but boy, the Rum City is a great place for plate-spotting. In fact, there's a car around here with the plates RUMCTY.
That's just the tip of the 'berg. I've spotted classics like WAZNME (I wonder if it's got them off a speeding ticket?) and LETITBE (words to live by). Surely there's no better break-up present to yourself than ITZ OVA. Then there was ONROIDS - but you should really stay off them, buddy.
I've also spotted an ALIEN, SMILES and GOATS (the last one was on a Jaguar, confusingly).
Bumper stickers are a whole other world. (A favourite: "Women are born leaders. You're following one now".)
There's actually a Facebook group, Number Plate Appreciation Society, where users get bonus points for posing with their spots.
I'm putting this out there because I want to hear from you, owners of cool plates.
I want to meet the person behind the plate - the quirkier the better. Half the joy of spotting a good plate is imagining the story behind it.
It's one thing that has made me so fond of Bundy over the last couple of months. I love a town that lets its personality shine.
See you on the streets,