Monday, March 2, 2015

SOLC # 3/31- Word Play





SLICE OF LIFE 3/31

      Day Three of the Two Writing Teachers Slice of Life Challenge. I'm also slicing with my classroom at  Linda & Jonathan's Class Blog.

            My assistant Jonathan is also participating at JK's Slice of Life, my colleague, Max at TeachingFromBehind, and his assistant, Kam at A Moment With Kam. 
                        Their class blog is Max and Kam's Class Blog

           I love to play around with words, am much in love with poetry, but when I'm driving home, I play with license plates.  License plates give me just a few letters with which to imagine what that plate could mean. I'm not writing about the vanity plates, although those can sometimes be challenging as to what the owner settled with. 
          What I enjoy are plates at random, like this one:
Owner, charming man - ninja! 



All Jazzed - Go!
        Silly, I know, but it passes the time to see what I can create. The other part of this is that it's a mnemonic, helps me to remember my own license plate number. Here it is:
Under Fire Department 
                Hope this gives you a new way to look at license plates when you're driving!
  

28 comments:

  1. How clever! I'll have to give it a try next time I am on the road.

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  2. You are speaking to my heart and silly way of seeing the world and words!

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  3. I always joke that since I've taught kindergarten and first grade, I can decipher any vanity license plate. The next time I am stuck on i-70, which seems to be happening on a pretty much daily basis right now, I will play this game!

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  4. Hmmmm....I'm going to try that today. Thanks Linda!!!

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  5. Very fun idea! I often try to figure out the vanity plates, but hadn't thought to do it with a regular one. I do not know my own license plate number!

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  6. This reminds me of a game we used to play with our kids on long road trips - such fun to imagine what those letters could stand for!

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  7. So clever! I thought the first one might be Orange-C Man. He has super powers due to his intake of vitamin C? :) Great post!

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  8. I never played that game but my wife impressed me by knowing my license plate a few years ago. I asked how she knew and she said, "Because you're 109-Very Cool Driver."

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  9. I have really only played with the numbers, adding subtracting, making tens, canceling out until I could get zero, see if I could arrange the numbers to make them go in a sequence like 6523 - there are two 8's 6+2, 5+3, You can make a run of 2,3, 4 (5+2-3),5,6,7 (5+2) 8 (6+2), 9 (6+3), 10 (5+2+3)...etc. You can start multiplying or dividing, too...depending on how long you are behind this car!
    Thanks for adding the letters...there are more letters nowadays and I need to keep busy! OCMN = Oh, come on! AJG = A jig! UFD = Uff Dah! (They said that a lot out in Wisconsin when we lived there. I don't know how to spell it.)

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  10. We'd have a fun time traveling together Linda - I do this all the time. Here in Ontario are plates are a bit different - 4 letters, 3 numbers. The game I play is first to try to make one word with the letters, then try a word for each letter. I remember mine by _ MHBB - My Husband, Bill Bev. Fun post!

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  11. I have a break at school. It's fun to hear all the ways others "play" with license plates. Now you have me looking at numbers, Donna! Thanks a bunch!

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  12. Love the license game. Usually do it with vanity plates. I'll have to try it with other plates.

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  13. The US plates look so fancy with their pics and colors. We have basic black and white in Estonia. We can still play. Sometimes we insert letters to make a word, sometimes we play as you do. For some time my plate read SKY and hubbie's plate had Bay. I thought we made a lovely match. No I am "Big Happy Fairy."

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  14. We always used the letters to think of people with those initials. After a while I decided my brothers were making up names, so I quit playing with them. However, I still do it in my head when I'm alone and driving a distance.

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  15. We always kept track of how many different states we saw on long trips. When we became a military family, we could often find a lot on short rides to the commissary or PX.

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  16. Okay, that could entertain us for a while on some of the road trips we will be taking in the near future. I have never thought to look at license plates in quite that way. Thanks, Linda!

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  17. My brother's initials are JHG. When I see a license with these letters in this order, I call him. I think they must've cycled through these letters because I haven't seen one in a while. I need to try your word game.

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  18. My daughter and I have done the same thing on road trips. It does pass the time and it's always good to laugh. I guess we aren't the only ones!
    KIm

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  19. Thanks for a good suggestion. Love your creativity. I have always had trouble remembering my own license plate number, but amazingly the one I have now is the same number as my street address!

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  20. Thanks again everyone. This is lots of fun to hear all the different ways people play with the licenses!

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  21. Thanks for the new road trip game! :)

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  22. What fun! I've always loved word play, and I always get a kick out of trying to figure out vanity plates, but I've never tried making up my own meanings for the random plates! Looks like I have a new game to try! :-)

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  23. Me too! Love the plates! I've been thinking about them for years. Imagining and creating games when we took road trips as a family.
    Nice!
    Bonnie

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  24. What a fun way to stretch your brain on a road trip! (I could see this getting competitive between me and the small one on a long trip this summer...to see who can come up with the best explanations.)

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  25. In that first one, I can't help but read: Oh, Come On! I will think of you now when I notice a license plate--which is sure to happen much more often, thanks to your playfulness!

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  26. Couldn't resist stopping by! Reminds me of poetry I used to have students write using their phone numbers. I can visualize you behind the driver's wheel playing with words!

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  27. Thanks again many fold everyone. It's so great hearing what you do with these 'car' games! Or other things, like phone numbers!

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  28. Now I'm going to be thinking of you EVEN MORE as I start watching license plates and playing with words!

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