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Dear Mahatma: I asked you a few years ago if the Department of Finance & Administration had decided on the new letters and numbers after the current sequence runs out. You said their reply was no, because there were plenty of numbers left. Surely they know now. -- Old Lew

Dear Lew: You have some kind of fantastic memory. That question and answer was, well, we don't know how many years ago. This column has gone on for almost 14 years, and that had to be at least a decade ago.

One of our favorite people in state government is Scott Hardin. He fields questions like this for DF&A, and he's always so cheerful. We, on the other hand, are currently grumpy, mostly because it's either too wet or too cold to play golf.

Hardin checked with the folks in the Motor Vehicle Division, who report there is about one year left until DF&A reaches the scenario described above. That is, 999 ZZZ.

(It would be cool to have that license plate.)

When the end is reached, DF&A will start with the next series, which will be three letters, two numbers and one letter.

That is, AAA 00A.

(It would be cool to have that license plate.)

. . .

On another topic, we have heard from Blaine A. Burgess, general manager and chief operating officer of The Country Club of Little Rock, regarding a Q&A here about golf carts driven on city streets in the Heights neighborhood.

Every couple of years a frustrated reader writes in to deplore that dangerous practice, which is illegal, and worries about the horrible possibility of a car-cart collision.

Burgess tells us he reminds his members, via club newsletter, of the dangers of cart traffic outside the gates of the club. He also tells us that the club does not allow any of its club-owned carts to leave the club's property. Neither does the club allow any unlicensed people to drive carts anywhere on its property, including the golf course.

To which we say, how sensible. Also: Fore!

. . .

On another topic, we have heard from an old friend and bookend, John Hall, regarding our reference last week to the great country song, "Mamas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys," from which we quoted a lyric about old pickups.

Hall is smarter than we are, which is admittedly no great shakes. He told us that song, made famous in 1978 by Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and the boys, was written by an Arkansan.

That fellow is William Edwin Bruce Jr., born in Keiser in 1939. He's better known as Ed Bruce.

Keiser, for the geographically challenged, is in Mississippi County, with Victoria to the north and Marie to the south.

Bruce wrote many other country hits, including one recorded by Tanya Tucker that may be the best country song title ever written: "The Man That Turned My Mama On."

Vanity plate seen at Homer's restaurant near the airport: LSNZPL8.

Metro on 03/09/2019

Print Headline: DRIVETIME MAHATMA: Next plates to start at AAA 00A


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  • tdhoneycuttsbcglobalnet
    March 9, 2019 at 6:14 a.m.

    Texas specialty license plate spotted in Oklahoma City: H*GFAN. Given the state of issuance and the location, this is a brave fan. How charitable that the state of Texas has a Razorback specialty plate.

  • Delta2
    March 9, 2019 at 12:25 p.m.

    @TomHoneycutt...more than one state have specialty license plates that commemorate colleges from different states, Mississippi being one of them. I've seen Mississippi plates with Auburn, LSU, Bama, and several others. Too bad Arkansas is too paranoid to let residents who attended college out of state display their alma maters.

  • MaxCady
    March 9, 2019 at 6:07 p.m.

    License plate?? Must have taken him a while to come up with that one.

  • Morebeer
    March 9, 2019 at 8:37 p.m.

    Nothing against bicycles, but why are golf carts on the streets more dangerous than bicycles?

  • WhododueDiligence
    March 9, 2019 at 9:21 p.m.

    "We, on the other hand, are currently grumpy, mostly because it's either too wet or too cold to play golf."
    Well, yes, but on the other hand we're going to be grumpy anyway so we might as well go ahead and try to play golf. One time we did that and the weather forecast proved even worse than advertised. Our grumpiness didn't improve until someone said it's too wet and too cold, so why on earth are we out here trying to play golf? After an uncomfortable pause someone came up with the perfect answer: "Because it's too windy to haul rock."