by Heiderino on the April 19th, 2006

Have you ever been toodling along, minding your own business, when a BMW drives past you with a maddening license plate such as “JIMS BMW?”

The term “new money” immediately comes to mind.

If I don’t already know what a BMW is, telling me that you are driving one is moot. I don’t know what it is, and nor do I care. Also, if you are the “CEO VIP” of your company, that is great, but it doesn’t do much for anyone’s ego but your own. Actually, it’s a good bet that this annoys the living heck out of employees who see your car in the VIP spot every day too. You might as well say “IM BETTER.”

Then there are the hilarious misspellings – some so bad you can’t figure out the plate to save your own life. Sure, sometimes people are clever with great combinations of letters and numbers, but more often I see one like I saw today – DEUTSH on an Audi. The simple lack of C was enough to make my skin crawl. Of course, I have never been a fan of purposeful misspellings (Ha! Even foreign!) such as “krazy,” or “nite,” which may explain this a bit more.

One last thing to consider when getting a personalized plate: At least in Wisconsin, it’s easy to find out who drives a car just by their license plate. With this in mind, you may want to get the plate “STALK ME.”

by Heiderino on the June 18th, 2006

Originally uploaded by Heiderino.

The Domes are an obvious landmark in Milwaukee. This is horticultural heaven, with the Tropical, Arid and Floral Show domes. It’s kind of funny, because they have been there for my whole life (or at least since I was two) and I went on numerous family visits and school field trips there, but I haven’t been there now for probably (gulp) 16 or more years.

I was taking the kids down to meet my parents for lunch at our favorite Mexican place, Botanas, and by some freak of nature was running early. I didn’t really want to get to the restaurant and drag them in to sit there by myself, and Drue just happened to spot the Domes from 35th Street.

For fun, I decided to drive over to them for her to see. She was in awe – fascinated by these things. I couldn’t believe how EXACTLY THE SAME they were – particularly the zig-zaggy entrance way. Just driving up there brought back a flood of memories, including what I can even imagine the smell was inside.

I’m glad we saw the Domes that day – next time we’re looking for something fun to do, we are going there! It’s a great photo-op heaven, and I’m always looking for those!

To get an even better idea of the domes, and because I can’t (YET) provide my own photos of them, check out the “official” web site.