As I was driving from Michigan to North Carolina during the holidays -- and back -- it struck me that Florida ruined it for us all.
It used to be so easy. Pennsylvania was blue with yellow letters. Michigan was blue with white letters. Some northern state was burgundy with white letters. Or it might have been Maryland.
Then Florida added an orange or a palm tree, I can't remember which.
The result -- every other state in the union had to get cute with their license plates! They added water, birds, trees, airplanes, statues, tourist attractions or landscapes.
But that wasn't enough. Then every state opened it up to schools and organizations, and now there's about a gazillion versions of each state's license plates.
AND, they all are squeezing so much onto a plate, that the state's name is in really TINY letters, so we now need to travel with binoculars to actually figure out what state a tag is from.
Yes, Florida ruined the license plate game for all generations to come.
But it is a really cute license plate ....