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Old June 3rd, 2008, 01:00 PM
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Tread Lightly

I'm going into day to do the yearly registering on a company truck. I always see the board of vanity plates for the state and wish there was something that pertained to the outdoors and 4wheeling. Also that might help preserve it. I have been thinking that a Tread Lightly plate would fit this desire and the extra fee that would go to preserve those areas that we are losing. I don't like covering my vehicles in stickers and decals. It looks a little drag racer or hippy to me. A plate that shows I support Tread Lightly though I think would do.

I am not connected with those that could bring about a Tread Lightly plate, but I figured that there are those on this board that might know somebody or could spread the word to see if something like this could happen.

I have recently emailed Tread Lightly about this subject, I figured the more that bring it up and have a bigger name in the offroading community might be able to push it farther. Thanks.
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Old June 3rd, 2008, 01:07 PM
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It looks a little drag racer or hippy to me.

You pretty much cover the gamut with that one... Are you somewhere in the middle or are you treading dangerously on the the fringes?

But, yes I have to agree stickers are the pinnacle of lame.
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Old June 3rd, 2008, 01:32 PM
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Hippy is a sweet insult to the right person, especially if they are a goth kid. They hate being called a hippy.

I actually really like the tread lightly license plate idea.
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Old June 3rd, 2008, 01:36 PM
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I would like the clean look of having no stickers. I want to show support for Tread Lightly though. A license plate wouldn't screw up the clean look. The only decal/sticker I have is from the previous owner and it is an American Yacht Club Member decal. I was about to peal it off before heading to college one year and my neighbor told me, stop the ladies will like that. I kept it and that is the only sticker I have.
I don't want stickers of all the parts I have on like drag racers. Or post dumb bumper stickers that might make people think I am a hippy. Though I don't see many hippies driving Land Rovers. Just a simple license plate that has a Tread Lightly symbol. I think then it would be easier to spot those across the country that really care about our trails. The main reason for Tread Lightly is because it is nationwide and not just i.e. friends of the rubicon or some other local trail conservation group.
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Old June 3rd, 2008, 01:39 PM
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The difficulty is that TL is a national organization and special interest plates are state issued. While I agree that a state like CA could generate a significant amount of revenue, it may cause accounting issues for TL for which they are not prepared as each state may require the funds be spent within the state (I don't know this for a fact).
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Old June 3rd, 2008, 01:40 PM
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When I am refering to hippy its more about the cars that you see with fifty or so bumper stickers with ridiculous quotes or phrases. Just your typical Kool-Aid drinker sayings.
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Old June 3rd, 2008, 01:54 PM
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I see the ones for like the corvette clubs and breast cancer research and wish we had something for our interest. I figured it might start out it in states like California, Utah, Colorado that have alot of outdoor activities. It wouldn't have to apply to just a regular car or truck. Maybe even a motorcycle or trailer plates. Enduro and Adventure motorcycles use the same areas where most of us go. Many people also trailer their toys to different areas. So why not plates for everything. It might take a while, but as support does increase maybe something like this could happen. Even if the support raised had to stay in that state. I think I would be okay with that. If that meant when I traveled to CA that I knew the trails were going to be open and clean, right on.
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Old June 3rd, 2008, 02:40 PM
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Contact your local state representative and see what needs to be done to add Tread Lightly!.

I spoke to TL a little while ago (because of your question) and they are all for the idea but do not have resources to pursue it.
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Old June 3rd, 2008, 03:03 PM
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It takes a petition to get a license plate supporting a organization. I signed a petition the other day for I believe the Blue Ribbon Coalition. I know, it's bad I cant even remember what I signed a petition for. Carey Steiner forwarded me the petition. I forget ho many signatures are needed. When I get home from work tomorrow i will try and look it up.
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Old June 3rd, 2008, 03:12 PM
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FYI: BRC leans heavily to the right, politically speaking.
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Old June 3rd, 2008, 04:16 PM
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I tend to lean to the right myself. But.. being someone who climbs, kayaks and back country skis I also lean a little left at times.

The people I climb and kayak with are extremely liberal in their politics but we get along great and it makes for good conversation around the campfire. These friends are the first to tell me that the desert and mountains should be considered road less areas and restricted to foot traffic only. Obviously I disagree. A few years ago when one of Southern California's premier climbing crags was shut down for environmental reasons my friends were at a loss. For years they had been the bearers of the torch for environmental concerns and now they had become the victim of the same.
The same happened with access to a few rivers we used to run. The roads to the river were closed for environmental reasons. Now they had no way to get to the river.

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Old June 4th, 2008, 09:32 PM
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I don't like covering my vehicles in stickers and decals. It looks a little drag racer or hippy to me.

lol! no doubt the Dead stickers as well as the other various collected decals on Blueboy seem to attract the attention of the highway patrol which in turn then usually results in the pacing of the 109 sporting antique plates motoring along around 70mph.

it upsets Bliss my wife more than I as they pass the Rover to visually inspect the vehicle and the occupants which are usually much older than they.

for me it is pretty comical to watch from the side rear view mirror the Labs as they stick their heads out of the open window and track onto the curious eyes staring into their area.

guess the term "hippy" might apply, yet, the Tread Lightly decal on Blueboy is now over 15 years old.


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Old June 19th, 2008, 07:35 PM
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Sorry guys, but she's not for sale:

http://www.specialist-leisure.co.uk/...indv.php?id=57

This is what I'm talking about when I say it looks Hippy like.
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Old June 19th, 2008, 10:15 PM
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License plates with an underlying message are weak. If you enjoy something, or support something, why do you have to pay your MVD to show it off? Here in AZ we have far too many "special" plates.

You can get the AZ Diamondbacks plate. "$25 initial application fee/ $25 annual renewal. $17 goes to the Professional Sport Franchise Foundation for youth education/development, and for housing and healthcare for low-income persons." So sorry, but WTF does the Professional Sport Franchise Foundation need my money for? And WTF does low income housing and healthcare have to do with baseball? Do they get together for pickup games on the weekend or something?

Or how about the Child Abuse awareness plates? "It shouldn't hurt to be a child." No shit. Look at all the cute little hands on the plate...how could your heart not just melt for this $25 plate? They've got white, off-white, beige, red, and is that a black hand in the lower right? All bases are covered. Maybe you should opt for the lame Diamondbacks plate instead of this one. At least maybe the low income persons will get a bowl of watered-down soup if you buy that BS instead of this lame shit.

I personally love the "Live the Golden Rule" plate. I have never seen one on the street, but if I did I think I'd have to carjack that motherfucker because I sure as shit know he/she ain't armed. This lame plate might as well say "Trust in Jesus" or "Turn Back to the Bible and Read It".

Of course we have the ubiquitous Pink Ribbon plate. "Hey everyone, I don't think cancer is cool!" Join the rest of the fucking world, who does?

And then there's the "Pet Friendly/Spay & Neuter" plate. "$25 initial application fee/ $25 annual renewal. $17 goes to a special fund for spaying and neutering of animals." These plates scream, "Hey everyone, I love my best buddy so much I cut his balls off!" "Look at me, I can't meet you for happy hour or get away for the weekend because I have to go let my dog out before he shits all over my house and chews up my Juice Newton vinyl collection!" "My cat is my best friend, I love her so much I had her uterus ripped out!"

And my favorite, the plate that represents my chosen professional field, the "Protect the Environment" plate. Where would we be without a subtle nod to Al Gore? We care about the earth, and global warming, and stuff. Just don't stand behind my car too long gazing longingly at my special environmental license plate because YOU WILL DIE OF CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING. This plate would be especially good on my 12 mpg, premium fuel Land Rover. I wonder if the environmental vanity plate that says "CHUMP" is taken yet?
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Old June 20th, 2008, 06:07 AM
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I generally agree that the specialty plates are weak. Even more so, the losers in Mass. who retain their beat up, 20 year old green plates for no other reason than to show they are a "long time" Mass. resident. Fucking stupid. Buy a new car, put a shitty old plate on it. Brilliant.

However I did recently break my own rule of no specialty plates or messages for this.

Ham radio plates were first issued here in 1964. I think it is appropriate and simple enough.
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Old June 20th, 2008, 07:30 AM
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Havening lived in AZ I can tell you there were no vanity plates I found to be worthy of the back of my Disco BUT I Love that golden rule plate.

Neato picture and I am a golden rule kind of person I am not too sure why you relate it to christianity though?
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Old June 20th, 2008, 08:49 AM
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Oh man. I'm dying here.

Blue is back.
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Old June 20th, 2008, 10:50 AM
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Havening lived in AZ I can tell you there were no vanity plates I found to be worthy of the back of my Disco BUT I Love that golden rule plate.

Neato picture and I am a golden rule kind of person I am not too sure why you relate it to christianity though?

Perhaps I was a bit harsh last night, or perhaps it was the Old No. 7 helping my fingers dance across the keys.

There certainly are specialty plates that are worthy, if advertising is your thing, such as the Congressional Medal of Honor plate, Former Prisoner of War plate, National Guard plate, Purple Heart plate, Veteran plate, or the Pearl Harbor Survivor plate. Although I find the requirements for the Pearl Harbor Survivor plate quite interesting:

Applicant must have been on station as a member of the United States Armed Forces on December 7, 1941, during the hours of 7:55am and 9:45am Hawaii time at Pearl Harbor, the island of Oahu or offshore at a distance not exceeding three miles, have received an honorable discharge and provide form 02-25, Part II from the Arizona Department of Veterans' Services (ADVS).

As much as I pay the utmost respect to these individuals, should a person who was at least 18 years old in 1941 really be driving?

Not including disability plates, Arizona has 38 different "special" plates. The special factor has been diluted to the point that the "standard" plate is now the special plate. You drive around and every car looks like it's from another state but they all say Arizona at the bottom. I thought one of the points of different states having different plates is so you can recognize them. "Yeah, officer, so this guy sideswiped me and his plate had a bunch of colors and I think a puppy and kitty and maybe some brown hands on it. I think it was from Sonora, Mexico....or maybe Iowa. Can't be too sure. I think the plate number was "No1chump" though.

And as far as the Golden Rule goes, of course the concept predates Christianity by a long shot, but I believe it was the Christians that first coined the term Golden Rule, thus my refereneces to Jesus & Co.
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Old June 20th, 2008, 01:54 PM
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"Yeah, officer, so this guy sideswiped me and his plate had a bunch of colors and I think a puppy and kitty and maybe some brown hands on it. I think it was from Sonora, Mexico....or maybe Iowa. Can't be too sure. I think the plate number was "No1chump" though.


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Old June 20th, 2008, 03:45 PM
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And as far as the Golden Rule goes, of course the concept predates Christianity by a long shot, but I believe it was the Christians that first coined the term Golden Rule, thus my refereneces to Jesus & Co.



Mathew was dropping some knowledge that day. I had no idea that made its way into the bible. I can always count on you to give me that bible book learning blew.
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Old June 20th, 2008, 05:53 PM
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Roberto, turn back to the bible and read it.

That saying was on a HUGE billboard along the I-90 overpass in downtown Cleveland for about a million years and I'd see it every time we drove the family truckster back & forth to our farm in upstate NY. I always wondered who would pay big bucks for a billboard to encourage random people to read the world's longest and most hopelessly boring book.

The concept of reciprocity dates back thousands of years. Probably originated the first time a caveman poked a stick into another caveman's eye. Now you can get it on your Arizona license plate for $25. How far we've come.
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Old June 20th, 2008, 05:54 PM
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I generally agree that the specialty plates are weak. Even more so, the losers in Mass. who retain their beat up, 20 year old green plates for no other reason than to show they are a "long time" Mass. resident. Fucking stupid. Buy a new car, put a shitty old plate on it. Brilliant.

However I did recently break my own rule of no specialty plates or messages for this.

Ham radio plates were first issued here in 1964. I think it is appropriate and simple enough.

That ham radio plate is pretty cool, just a little Flash Gordon action going on there.
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