October 26, 2004
Slap a Yellow Ribbon on my ol' Cam-ry...
I've started seeing a lot of these ribbon stickers on the backs of cars recently.
At first I thought they were a nice, simple way to show your patriotism and all that. But then two things happened. First, they got really popular. Like, Vanilla Ice popular (well, during the early nineties, anyway). In a mall parking lot last weekend I counted one out of every 15 cars had one. I don't think 1 out of 15 cars has a working parking brake, yet they have these silly ribbons. Second, people began doubling up on them, which just mystifies me. "Support our Troops", "God Bless America", "Prevent Hangnails" -- it's getting out of control.
At about $4 a pop, that's some serious cash. Now that I know that someone is probably getting filthy rich off these things since they're so popular, I don't like them so much anymore. Also kinda like Vanilla Ice.
But they've at least given me an amusing game. On the way to and from work now, I play "How Patriotic are We?" Points are scored by spotting these ribbons. Here's the deal:
Ribbon - One Point
Small Ribbon - Half point
Two Ribbons - 3 points (2 for a big/little combo)
The elusive triple ribbon - 5 points (4 if any are little)
4 or more - No points, I'm obviously hallucinating
2x Bonus for a Kerry bumper sticker (since my guess is that more Republicans have these ribbons)
There's a half-hour time limit, because I can't count very high, and because that's about when my stomach starts to turn.
This morning's score: 24.
Originally, I thought this would make a great drinking game, but I don't think that the fine men and women of the New York State Police would agree. Not to mention that I'd be drunk before leaving my driveway.
P.S. I don't mean to question the good intentions of anyone that has one of these ribbons -- on the contrary, I think it's great. It's the phenomenon that I find so mystifying.Posted by Kevin at October 26, 2004 09:36 AM