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Thursday, May 8, 2014

Destruction of the Nuclear Stick Family

I know this will come as shock to my steady readers, but yes, I am getting old and cranky.  Excessively cutesy really gets under my skin.   So it was with great delight that I noted this decal on the back of a mini-van yesterday.

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It nicely capture's my opinion of the propensity to emblazon the rear of mini-vans and SUVs with stick figures, sports participation, and academic brilliance decals and bumper stickers.   It is sort of a polite protest for those of us who are klutzes, not too bright, and hale from or preside over dysfunctional families.  

And for those of us who reside in that region in the bell curve where the clapper hangs, at last, a bumper sticker and front plate for we the dung encrusted masses of the mundane, usual, and mediocre.

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And finally a parting story involving a bumper sticker.  My wife and I took one of our cats to the vet.  There was a single car in the parking lot with its headlights on.  It had a bumper sticker “F--- nice people” except the u c k were not dashes.  We went into the waiting room and there was a rather attractive, well dressed, young woman sitting with no animal.  I said to her “At the risk of being seemingly nice, I believe you left your headlights on.”  She politely thanked me and went out and turned off her lights. 


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  1. Love the "Aim for Average" bumper sticker. And quite honestly I rather enjoy being one of the dung encrusted masses of the mundane.

    ....why does it seem (to me anyways), that the folks that emblazon the rear windows of their cars with the 'stick figure set'....seem to be hewn out of the goody two shoes set?

    Sextant, your crusty humour is getting better with each passing year. And this also reminds me of a line from Jane Austen's novel, Pride and Prejudice ...."'For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbors, and laugh at them in our turn?'
    Soldier on my good man....a 100 is a ways to go yet.........

    1. Busman, indeed the stick people do seem to wear too goody of shoes. One should of course be proud of their family. There is something just a little too cute about the stick people. Actually I was surprised, there seems to be a good bit of animosity toward these linear folks which gives me hope that we have not all devolved into jello brains. The common theme is "Nobody care about your stick family" and there is some form of assault, (some sexually), one featuring a fairly accurate depiction of an AC-130 gunship firing away at them, another with them hanging from gallows. A bit excessive. The T-Rex is one of the more polite forms, and one that the stick children will at least appreciate. Google image "stick people car decals."

      Busman, thanks for your kind comments, and indeed soldier on. I hope to live long enough that not only am I a burden, but a real pain in the ass.

  2. I had to Pin the demise of the stick figure family.

    1. Olga, Pinteresting! A high compliment in this digital age. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

  3. Not a big fan of the stick people either, or bumpers stickers. I do like a nice flower decal but mainly I like my cars plain. One thing I can't stand is when people do the personal vanity license plates and they put a message that no one in the world can decipher and then I spend all day trying to figure it out!

    1. I get a kick out of some of the bumper stickers that I have seen:

      Eschew Obfuscation.

      Trust those who seek the Truth, doubt those who find it.

      My other car is a piece of shit too.

      Caution, I brake for Schrodinger's Cat.

      But the stick families are a bit too saccharine and advertising that your kid is smart probably does them no favors at school.

      I agree keep the car unadorned. Usually no one gets enraged by a clean bumper. Alicia, thanks for stopping by and commenting.

  4. Great post. I think the stick people are silly. However, I have longed for the cute eyelashes for my car's headlights and also a red plastic rhino nose for my front bumper re our Save the Rhino campaign. My husband won't let me have either.