Small car, small victory

August 24, 2016

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.


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