I think that I should have a weekly post dedicated to “Things I Don’t Love” (a nice euphemism lifted from Nate & Chica). I do love Fridays, so that seems like a good day to write.
Things I Don’t Love: Oval Country Stickers
They probably started out ok. After being used in Europe for an actual purpose, probably a few Europeans brought their cars here and kept their stickers. That’s fine. Then some others proud of their heritage thought it would be a good idea too. Ok, I’m still sort of with you. But then everyone went traveling. And suddenly they were from the countries they traveled to. And then they slapped a sticker on their car back at home. At this point, I’m not loving it, as I am not a fan of bumper stickers in general, but it is almost tolerable. Then came the other stickers, styled the same but saying things like “Woof” and other “cute” things. Then a couple of weeks ago came the clincher pushing me over the edge in my hatred: the white ovals that said “Alki*” in the middle. The driver was probably happy, driving around, showing his or her Alki pride, but I hated it. It just seemed so ridiculous to me. You aren’t any cooler because you happen to live in Alki.
But then I got an idea. What about selling stickers that said “Medina**”? That’s right people. I just figured out how to make my first million dollars.
*Alki is a community in Seattle with a long beach that people hang out on and walk/rollerblade/skate on the sidewalk. It’s “cool” to live in Alki
**Medina being a community in the Seattle area in which Bill Gates and lots of other rich people live