MY Stupid State - dotcom
Well, that's what happened when the State of Florida didn't jump on "Florida.com" years ago and got stuck with "MYFlorida.com." Anytime you see a business with a domain name like bestrealestateservicesinc.com, you can bet that business was way late to the game.
Since 2003, all new license plates in the state have borne this stupid domain name on them. I just received one of these abominations in the mail yesterday, as the state attempts to phase out all the older, better standard plates, the ones that said "Florida" and didn't have giant cartoon oranges on them. They had one orange, yes, but it wasn't fluorescent. They're purposely forcing me by their deliberately inept design to choose one of the more expensive specialty plates, like this embarrassment, as if being the Golf Capital of the World was something to be proud of. Rock on, silhouetted retiree golf addict.
When these new standard plates started appearing on the road and I found out that eventually we'd all have to have one, I got real pissed and sent a letter to the head of these things in my state.
"Who is responsible for the hideous and inexcusable standard Florida license plate design? Do I have to have this piece of crap on my car? Of particular offense is the myFLORIDA.com name at the top. This is not progressive. It is ridiculous.
I can't tell you how bad this makes our state look. It is beyond stupid.
Carl A. Ford, Director of the Division of Motor Vehicles, wrote me back.
We regret you are not pleased with the design of Florida's license plate. The department initiated a new design for the standard Florida license plate in 2003. The Department of Agriculture in conjunction with the Florida Citrus Association recommended the new design that depicts two Florida oranges with leaves and orange blossoms. The additional MyFlorida.com on the license plate is to broaden awareness to a web site that has links to all state of Florida government services. The MyFlorida.com website provides citizens greater and more convenient access to state government.
He then went on to point me to the URL where I can find a bunch of expensive alternative plates, like Save the Sea Turtles and Share the Road with a Biker and Don't Beat Your Kids and John Lennon is Dead and a hundred other special interest plates.
I just thought it would be nice to have a simple standard plate free of promotion of a stupid domain name. Like this one.
Or this one.
And likely 47 other decent designs that don't include a "MY" domain name.