I've been in the humor business most of my life, which is about 40 years, and I never get tired of putting a smile on somebody's face. But, I get a double-pleasure when I can put a smile on somebody's face who is disabled, ill, or just having the blues, etc.
Everyone has their favorite story to tell, and this is one of my favorite stories because involves two things that are near and dear to my heart! Both are my passions...humor and creativity! There are times when I TRY to make somebody laugh...and, then there are times when it just happens because of circumstances. This is one of those occasions.
I do most of my walking/jogging at a local park, and I was just finishing up one sunny afternoon, and I was walking back to the car. I was at the back of the car, with the trunk open, taking off my running shoes and sweats and threw them in the trunk of the car. About the same time, I noticed a man in a wheelchair, coming up behind the car in a slow fashion.
When he wheeled his way up to about where I was, we exchanged pleasentries and he stopped to chat for a while. We talked for a few minutes, and then I noticed a big grin on his face. I had no idea what he was smiling about, as it must have been about something funny in our conversation. He was looking at my license plate...and he pointed to it and said, "Your personalized license plate is pretty funny. How did you come up with the idea for it?" I then explained to the man how the idea came about.
The speed limit is 55 miles per hour in most places, and being the model citizen that I am (yeah, right), I never drive over the speed limit. But, there are the road hogs...who don't obey the laws and they drive 60...65...70 miles an hour and faster...and they have no consideration for others! They think they own the road, etc.
Anyway, as I explained to the man...because I'm a slow and careful driver...other drivers behind me are usually impatient with me. They sometimes throw a fist or a finger at me and yell at me to speed it up, etc. They usually race around me like I'm standing still...you know the type...the road hogs of the world!
So, I explained all this to the man, and I also told him, that at the time, I already had a personalized license plate on my car, but I didn't like it. I wanted to change it, but I couldn't think of what to put on the plate. Personalized license plates can be tough to create, because there are only seven letters or numbers or less which are allowed, etc. So, to get a good one takes a little bit of effort.
As I continued telling the man...I was driving on the freeway one day, and there was a fellow driving a pick-up and he came right on my rear bumper! I thought he was going to hit me he was so close! I could see in the rear-view mirrow, that he had hate in his eyes, because I was going so slow! You know the type! I looked into the rear-view mirror...and shook a fist at him and yelled out, "All right...so I'm a slowpok...why don't you just go around me!"
After I said that...I realized what I had said...and "that's it...slowpok"...that's what I want on my license plate! And, that's what I told the man how the idea came about for the name. I told the man in the wheelchair, that I had the plate for about seven years, and I have had a lot of fun with it. It's my little disclaimer for rude drivers. And today, the road hogs see the license plate and they quickly go around me...like I'm standing still, etc.
I've always loved personalized license plates, with the creativity and ingenuity people display, and a few I can remember a few which are: GOMPA; HOTDOG; LEMON; DOINOK; PAIDFOR; HIS; HERS
The man in the wheelchair was quite disabled...not only was he in a wheelchair, but his right arm seemed to be pretty useless. There are some people, like this man, who have been dealt a terrible hand in life and I feel sorry for them. My heart went out to him, and I wished him the best, as he slowly struggled across the parking lot. I'm jst glad I had a chance to put a smile on his face that afternoon. The man made my day, and I certainly hope I made his day a little more enjoyable. Copyright; Jerry L. Aragon; 2006