Hubby and I were out and about yesterday, running some errands. At one point, we were stopped at a traffic light, waiting for it to turn green, sitting behind a pickup truck.
The tailgate of the black pickup was filled with text. Quite a lot of text. In columns even.
It appeared to be a documentation of the owner’s entire time in military service, where they served and what years, along with the training they received.
I have never seen such a thing. It was like a resume on wheels.
I did not take a photo for a couple of reasons. First, I didn’t want to capture the license plate, though I could have blotted it out for this post. But, still, there’s so much identifying info on the truck that I wouldn’t have felt right putting it online. (Yes, the person did put it on their truck for public consumption, but they probably assume the truck will be seen by a limited number of people locally.)
Second, we were in a moving vehicle and photos I try to take from a moving vehicle never end well. I have spared you that pain, though you’ll have to take my word about the resume on wheels.
It reminds me of the memorial stickers or painting done on vehicles in order to honor a loved one who has died. When this trend started, I only saw a few such memorials. Now I see them everywhere.
I’m not sure I could display my grief this way, but perhaps the loved one who has passed was really taken with vehicles. Or the owner of the vehicle spends a lot of time in the vehicle and wants a reminder. It’s an interesting trend in memorials. (Has a museum documented this trend in photos, I wonder?)
As for the military resume on the tailgate, it is a natural extension of military or veterans license plates, a way to remember and honor a person’s service.
What if this trend takes off like vehicle memorials and people start putting other types of resume info on their cars and trucks?
Just think about all the interesting stuff we’d have to read while sitting at a stoplight or in a traffic jam.