Tuesday, January 03, 2006

"I'm going to let my car do the talking"

Many local car owners favor faux European stickers, with BURR (Congressman Richard Burr is local), OIB (Ocean Isle Beach, NC), or some other destination, person, or organization in the black-edged oval. Also popular are circular magnets with the names of local schools, public and private. Wake Forest stickers are all the rage. American flags, yellow ribbons, and other patriotica have a firm foothold. Medical organizations are in the mix. And churches are into the action now, too. Country clubs, peewee to varsity sports teams, political bents...

I sat in the pickup line at the oldest's school yesterday and watched cars exiting the parking lot. The average at my son's school seems to be about three decals/magnets/stickers per vehicle, with about 95% on the back of the vehicle.

With their riotous colors, seemingly random placement and big bold letters, the stickers make any vehicle with five or more (and I counted six such vehicles yesterday in line) look, from the back, a bit like the cover of a

A newspaper of small format giving the news in condensed form, usually with illustrated, often sensational material.
[From tabloid journalism, from Tabloid, trademark for a drug or chemical in condensed form.]
"tabloid." The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition. Houghton Mifflin Company, 2004. Answers.com 03 . 2006. http://www.answers.com/topic/tabloid