Selective Delettering

In the summer of ’04, I bought this car. It was barely used with only 6,600 miles on it, great condition. On the rear hatchgate, the used car dealership had affixed their proprietary sticker, which read:

   BASNEY
IMPORTS
SOUTH BEND

each letter a separate black decal. Dad advised that unless I wanted those letters there permanantly, I better pull them off while the glue was fresh. Applying a creative trick I had learned from years back, a process known as Selective Delettering, I carefully removed certain letters, until the ones that remained formed smaller words:

   IMP
END

I sat back with a smirk. This was the kind of subtle creativity that should adorn my bumper, and I considered leaving it there forever. But I changed my mind, and decided to remove the whole series of decals. But first, I snapped this photo with my then-also-new camera. It came out shiny!

I learned about selective delettering over a decade earlier, when my mom brought a decommissioned delivery van home. We had free use of it so long as we peeled all the obsolete company logos off if its sides before we returned said van to its owner. I’ll have to give Dad all the credit for the SD method, with which he rendered the van to proudly announce:

   OF ICE  UP LIES
GO HEN WARS BASH

I’ll leave it to you to figure out what that originally said.

On a related tangent, I think this would be a great idea for a bumper sticker:

   This bumper intentionally left blank

…You’re welcome. Feel free to use it.


But back to The Now. I visited Mt. Vernon, George Washington’s home estate, where I learned that apple trees will grow in hedges and that Washington’s will emancipated all his slaves in 1799. I helped my sister-in-law move. I’ve been watching lots of movies from the library. Jamaica, New Zealand, Eritrea, and Bolivia are new additions to my foreign coin collection. I found some free books, and $1 got me a 1937 encyclopedia volume. And if anyone needs a one-page condensed rules sheet for Lawless, I’ve got a PDF for you.


Nifty Wikipedia Thing: Ninja Golf

Movies I’ve Seen:

Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
The Band Wagon (1953)
Bonnie & Clyde (1967)
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
The Forgotten (2004)
Flightplan (2005)
The Great Raid (2005)

What I’ve Been Reading:

"The Difference Engine: Charles Babbage and the Quest to Build the First Computer" by Doron Swade

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