I drive a very memorable car. It's not a Volkswagon Camper, but as you can see its got a lot of personality. I admit that my car sticks out in the company parking lot, but when you get into the mountains, it looks pretty normal. New England hikers, climbers, and kayakers tend to plaster their cars and trucks with all kinds of bumper stickers.
One of the first things I did when I bought my first car during graduate school in 1982 was put some bumper stickers on it. The first one was Question Authority. That pretty much explains my attitude to the status quo.
Since then, my cars have all been plastered with stickers. They're always a real ice breaker and I enjoy it when people enjoy them.
Take last Friday evening, for example. I stopped at the gas station on my way home from work to fill up before my hiking trip on Saturday. The lady behind me in line started clapping when she read my bumper stickers, so I approached her and asked which one she liked best. She replied, "My Other Car is a Pair of Boots."
So I asked her if she was going hiking this weekend and we immediately fell into a friendly discussion about hiking the Whites. She has completed 46 of the 48 peaks on the White Mountain 4,000 footer list and only had Madison and Galehead Mountain left to climb. Bumper stickers open doors and minds.
This set of stickers is a little faded, so let me list them. These are just the ones on the back of the car…..
- Stop Mad Cowboy Disease
- My Other Car is a Pair of Boots
- Life is Good, Up the Creek
- Merrimack Valley Paddlers
- Can't Sleep, Clowns Will Eat Me
- Reading is Sexy
- Namaste Baby
- Sit Happens
- Whiteblaze.Net, A Community of Appalachian Trail Enthusiasts
- Appalachian Trail, a footpath for those who seek fellowship with the wilderness
- Renewable Energy is Homeland Security
- My Privacy is Protected by Radical Militant Librarians!
So, if you see me buzzing down a highway or a back road, give me a wave.