What does your bumper sticker say about you
It started while I was getting my nails done. Now before I do any further, let me clarify. The place I get my nails done is one of those chain mega shops. More than a dozen clients and a dozen employees sitting in two rows: clients on the outside; workers on the inside.
While examining the length of my nails, the male manicurist commented casually that he wanted to run a situation past me for an opinion. While working on a prior client, he had brought up the names of our current president, past president and Senator John McCain. He said that while speaking about the most recent national elections, he had offered his political preference. After his comment, he added, that the client because “very quiet.” He said that at that point he began to wonder what he had done wrong then realized that he had offended her political preference in his statement.
The lesson here is Don’t Share your political opinion with people who control your tips. But for most of us, our politics, religion, position on gun control, birth control and abortion have no place in our work place. Most of us don’t even share our stances on these issues with passing acquaintances, keeping them mum from all but our closest family and friends.
One except though, seems to be bumper stickers. In an era where road rage happens with alarming frequency, folks seem to have few reservations about sharing their feelings. And while some stickers are vague, (Are You A Good Witch or a Bad Witch) others are more clear (Stop Killing Syrians).
So what kind of bumper stickers is out there?
Jesus’ fish and Darwin’s amphibians traverse car trunks. And in the most hostile moments it is dog eat dog; or more really fish eat fish. Who ends up on top is determined by the driver’s beliefs.
“My child is an honor student at….” Bumper stickers are the brag books of a whole generation. Parents may well have competing stickers from multiple schools; the sticky paper equivalent of sibling rivalry.
In retaliation, pet owners blare “My Rottweiler is smarter than your Honor Student.”
Travel destinations identify travelers with Walt Disney locations leading the way. Cars bear bumper stickers, window decals, even mouse ears for car roofs and side mirrors.
Some bumper stickers are utilitarian in purpose such as "How’s My Driving?" Others are obvious commercials for products, radio stations or proclaim patriotic beliefs.
Everyone’s seen the badly-behaved little boy; one car maker urinated on another car maker’s emblem. And isn’t there some sort of rule about utility and municipal vehicles which sport union bumper stickers?
A Sunday drive nowadays contains views of little cartoon families run around back windows, including the family pets. Skulls, unicorns and butterflies abound.
But overwhelming numbers of stickers proclaim political beliefs. Whether you supported the winner of the previous election and are gloating, or supported the loser and are saying “I told you so” there is a sticker for everyone.
While the stickers often conflict, they are almost as diverse as the items hanging from mirrors, but that’s a different story.