Every license plate I saw this morning contained a Z. All right, I looked at six and five contained a Z.

You see, I sometimes play a game as I commute to and from work. I make words out of the letters in license plates—only official state license plates count, none of the vanity ones. They also has to be random plates from the road or from cars parked alongside it. The game allows one to scramble the letters in any way that will make a word, with Q and X as optional skips. You can make a word out of them if you wish to try, but no demerits for skipping them, and two points instead of one for using them. Of course, since I’m in the car by myself there really isn’t anyone to keep score or to play against, except some hypothetical opponent who might or might not be me.

I was quite smug yesterday evening when I saw a plate with GQE. It felt like there was a word there but I couldn’t quite suss it out. After I meditated on it for a while, “QUAGMIRE” popped into my brain. That’s when the smugness hit. My hypothetical opponent even gave me kudos.

But Z’s everywhere I looked this morning. I didn’t come up with any good solutions. I couldn’t be arsed to try. I kept thinking that I wouldn’t be moving down these roads, ones I’ve traveled for decades, for much longer. I won’t miss the commute. It’s often brutal these days. But I will miss some of the sights and sounds.

Will I miss the license plate game? There will be other roads and other license plates, although I admit to sometimes playing the game obsessively until I have to force myself to stop or risk my sanity.

Maybe I’ll concentrate on new sights and sounds instead.

Random quote of the day:

“all the things we are
taught, all the loves we chase, all the deaths we
die, all the lives we live,
they are never quite right…”

—Charles Bukowski, “Cut While Shaving”

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Random quote of the day:

“The closest you will ever come in this life to an orderly universe is a good library.”

—Ashleigh Brilliant, Pot-Shots

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Random quote of the day:

“Somewhere along the line I knew there’d be girls, visions, everything: somewhere along the line the pearl would be handed to me.”

—Jack Kerouac, On the Road

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Random quote of the day:

“In what language does rain fall over tormented cities?”

—Pablo Neruda, The Book of Questions, LXVI (tr. William O’Daly)

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Random quote of the day:

“Many myths, sacred stories, and rituals are attempts to recreate a sense of stillness.”

—Swami Chetanananda, “Stillness,” Parabola, Vol. XVII, No. 3, Fall 1992

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Random quote of the day:

“Read widely, and without apology. Read what you want to read, not what someone tells you you should read.”

—Joyce Carol Oates, The Faith of A Writer

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Random quote of the day:

“Reputation is what other people know about you. Honor is what you know about yourself.”

—Lois McMaster Bujold, A Civil Companion

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Random quote of the day:

“Novelists secrete a certain BO, which only other novelists detect…”

—Walker Percy, The Paris Review, Issue 103, Summer 1987

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Random quote of the day:

“You have to begin to lose your memory, if only in bits and pieces, to realize that memory is what makes our lives.”

—Luis Buñuel, My Last Breath

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