People fall into two categories. Those who bumper stick and those who don't. My husband and I, for two, fall into the latter. We stick (no pun intended) with the philosophy that a vehicle is a major purchase in life and why would you want to mess it up with stickers all over it? Stickers are for sticker books, envelopes you send in the mail, and to alert people to something they need or want to know, such as Past Due or Happy Holidays or whatnot. Bumper stickers are just unusually large stickers that people use to tell the world (or mostly the guy trailing their bumper) what they believe in, who they really are, or what they would like to do to you if you follow too closely. Then you have the ones who wholeheartedly place the campaign bumper stickers on their cars in order to promote the candidate they are wholeheartedly following and who never remove them even if their candidate wholeheartedly loses. You can be pretty sure they are still pulling for that candidate and refuse to accept they have been defeated. Romney followers? He lost over six years ago and Obama won. Not what I wanted either, but time to remove the campaign stickers. I've seen cars with presidential campaign stickers several campaigns back -- eight to twelve years old!
Then there are those people who perhaps think it is rude to brag to your face, but see no harm in doing it with a bumper sticker. My child is a Straight A Student at (such and such Middle School). Or If you think this is a great car, you should see my Jag (a blatant lie!). And there are those with the jealousy problems. I don't care about your Straight A Student or My dad can beat up your dad or something ridiculous like that. By reading a bumper stick on someone's bumper you can learn all kinds of things about them:
If they are Democrat or Republican or like their politics with Tea
If they believe in God or in the theory of evolution (remember the little fish eating each other? The eater depended on which side of the fence you were on...)
If they are married, have children or pets (the little sticker families lined up on the rear, starting with the dad and ending with the kitty?)
If their child is a cheerleader or on the football team
Where they attended high school or college or where they work
Their membership at a local church or where they like to eat
If they are in the military or have a loved one serving
If they believe in guns or think guns are the end of the world as we know it...
The list goes on and on. And we are living in a day where sharing your beliefs on the rear of your car might not be the best way to share, what, with all the road rage around. It also could possibly give the police a heads-up to your brazen or arrogant personality, making it harder for them to be non-biased. That is just asking for trouble in my opinion and you best beware.
But here's the real thing about bumper stickers. They are much like tattoos. Once you get one, you have a tendancy to want another one. Now, I am not against tattoos. My son has several and my daughter has a couple. But somewhere down the road your interests and beliefs might change or evolve or you may no longer be in the military or love that person whose name is permanently inked inside a heart on your arm and you just might regret it ever having soiled your body. Ditto for the tattoos that you stick on your car. They are much harder to get off than they are to put on. Then, as the years fly by and you get a little age on you and the car gets some age on it, the tattoos as well as the bumper stickers just might be the remnant of a past that you no longer care to remember. Just sayin'...
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