Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Which One?

My son swears to me that he has seen at least 200 different license plates since we left Michigan. Most of them have been in Florida. I know my son exaggerates. He gets that from his father. But, Florida does seem to have an endless supply of choices for your license plate. There’s the standard plate that has the state outline with an orange in front of it. There’s the custom plate where you select the letters and numbers to say something and then there are 110 others. I’m not exaggerating. In addition to the plate for historic cars, there are:

Animal Friend
Conserve Wildlife
Discover Florida's Oceans
Everglades River of Grass
Fish Florida
Indian River Lagoon
Large Mouth Bass
Protect Florida Springs
Protect Florida Whales
Protect Our Reefs
Protect Wild Dolphins
Save Our Seas
Save the Manatee
Sea Turtle
Sportsmen's National Land Trust
State Wildflower
Tampa Bay Estuary
Trees Are Cool
A State of Vision
Agricultural Education
American Red Cross
Boy Scouts of America
Choose Life
Corrections Foundation
Donate Organs
End Breast Cancer
Family First
Family Values
Florida Arts
Florida Educational
Florida Golf Capital of the World
Florida Salutes Veterans
Florida Sheriff's Youth Ranch
Florida Special Olympic
Hospice: Everyday is a Gift
Invest in Children
Keep Kids Drug Free
Kids Deserve Justice
Live the Dream
Motorcycle Specialty
Parents Make A Difference
Police Athletic League
Police Benevolent Association
Salutes Firefighters
Share the Road
Stop Child Abuse
Stop Heart Disease
Support Homeownership For All
Support Our Troops
Support Soccer
U.S. Air Force
U.S. Army
U.S. Coast Guard
U.S. Marine Corps
U.S. Navy
U.S. Olympic
U.S. Paratroopers
United We Stand
Florida Marlins (Baseball)
Florida Panthers (Hockey)
Jacksonville Jaguars (Football)
Miami Dolphins (Football)
Miami Heat (Basketball)
Orlando Magic (Basketball)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Football)
Tampa Bay Devil Rays (Baseball)
Tampa Bay Lightning (Hockey)
Barry University
Bethune-Cookman College
Clearwater Christian College
Eckerd College
Edward Waters College
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Flagler College
Florida A & M University
Florida Atlantic University
Florida College
Florida Gulf Coast University
Florida Hospital College of Health Sciences
Florida Institute of Technology
Florida International University
Florida Memorial University
Florida Southern College
Florida State University
Jacksonville University
Lynn University
New College of Florida
Nova Southeastern University
Palm Beach Atlantic University
Ringling School of Art and Design
Rollins College
Saint Leo University
Saint Thomas University
Southeastern University
Stetson University
University of Central Florida
University of Florida
University of Miami
University of North Florida
University of South Florida
University of Tampa
University of West Florida
Warner Southern College

With so many to choose from, the decision isn't so easy. My husband wants the Save Our Seas plate that looks like this one.

He likes the shark on it and that he can support the preservation of the oceans is a big plus as well. I’m leaning towards the Aquaculture one here.

Aquaculture is where researchers try to cultivate things from the sea in hopes of finding cures for any number of diseases or conditions like blindness, arthritis or cancer. This is done in a way that is as environmentally sound and economically feasible as possible. In other words, instead of harvesting millions of anemones (or some other thing from the sea), they take a part of it and cultivate it much like they grow skin cells for grafts for burn victims. This way, they get the amount they need without needlessly killing high numbers of animals or plants. I think this is a worthy cause and I hope and pray they are successful.


Anonymous said...

Ileana, You have a dilema...if the car is driven mostly by your husband then my vote is for the shark. IF on the otherhand it is mostly by you by all means the clownfish. You could also always compromise and whichever sea life is not chosen on the plate can be cut out on vinyl and put on the window so everyone gets a say!
Eddita :)

Anonymous said...


I would get the shark in a heart beat. I am so facinated by those animals. No, I do not ever wish to meet one face to face. My son also loves sharks. We watch shark week every year on the discovery channel.


Anonymous said...

I really like the clown fish one! I am a sucker for tropical fish though. I miss the fish tank we used to have but I don't miss cleaning it! How great of you to donate to such a worthy cause! Oh and I like Eddita's idea about the vinyl also!

debenj said...

Eddita does have a good idea... I like the Clown Fish (Nemo!) both are nice. Am amazed at how many different plates you all have in that state.

RSMobley Designs (KNK & GSD Files "Coming Soon") said...

Your right, we do have a lot of tag options here in Sunny Florida. I love some of our tags, but I have to tag,4 cars, a boat, Motorcycle and a trailor, SO they all get the plain standard tags. LOL!

Good luck with your decision, they are great causes.