The backstory: T and I have apps for identifying license plates and we play competitively, texting the other and bragging when a rare state is sighted. On Sunday, we were together when we rolled up on a car featuring a plate with a license plate that looked - briefly - unfamiliar. I saw the blue and the yellow and thought “Kansas”, a state neither of us has seen in this round of the game.
Me: Maybe that’s Kansas.
T: Nope. Ohio.
And, in fact, it was Ohio.
Me: But it could have been Kansas. You know, with one of those state mottos written on the plate: “Fields of wheat, skies of blue, and intolerance as far as the eye can see.”
T laughed and then we were off and running, writing new state mottos for all 50 states. No state is free from our critical eye.