By Matthew E. Milliken
Aug. 24, 2016
On Wednesday afternoon, I was walking to my car when I spotted a Mini Cooper that I thought belonged to my friend D—.
On a whim, I circled around the automobile, looking for D—’s distinctive license plate. (He’s fond of a particular Scrabble word, naturally.)
The car wasn’t his; instead, the license plate said, “FLUDCOOP.”
Hmm, I thought to myself. Flood Coop? I wondered if the car had been submerged, or if might be a replacement for a vehicle that had once been flooded.
I decided that that couldn’t be right, so I tried sounding out the license plate differently. I came up with Floo D Coop.
Which… wait, that wasn’t right either. The “D” was obviously a stand-in for “the,” so obviously “Flu” was meant to represent…
Flew the Coop! I muttered triumphantly to myself.
Sometimes, you just have to savor the little victories in life.