Despite the nearly endless variety in our appearances, we hairless apes spend a lot of time and effort to distinguish ourselves from one another. Ironically, we often do this through our proclamation of allegiances and the various groups and philosophies we choose to associate ourselves with. Sometimes these allegiances are spiritual (believer vs. non-believer, Protestant vs. Catholic) or reflect how we prefer to produce or access information (readers vs. viewers, Mac vs. PC), but others are more whimsical, like what sports team we support, or our cola preference.
Am I though? Isn't a part of the reason we fly these colours to tell the world about ourselves? Look at the rear window stick figure families, and both the iterations and backlash they have generated. We've had a half-century of bumper stickers covering everything from political affiliation though the academic achievements of our offspring and the places we've been to, to our driving priorities (my favourite was the proper Jeep with a sticker that said "Yours may go faster but mine goes everywhere"), all in a bid to say something about who we think we are.
When someone's window tinting contains the words "No Fear" or its rebuttal "Fear This", I chalk it up to some kind of insecurity, but when one sticker said "14 Words", I actually did get a little frightened...of what I might do in response.
In the end though, it turns out I am just superficial as the next guy, and have themed all the decals on our Flex to the sci-fi show Firefly.
Firefly was a wonderful but short-lived program from that told entertaining and insightful stories about friendship, loyalty, and the necessity of standing up to authority once in a while, whatever the cost.
I picked up the 'Engineered by Firefly' one at the Calgary Expo last year, as well as the embroidered patch I put up inside. I was especially pleased when one of my friends thought the sticker was legit, and asked if that was part of the reason I had purchased this particular vehicle!
A 'Shiny' decal went up at the same time, but I applied it poorly and was glad to find a replacement at the Edmonton Expo last weekend. I got a handful of others as well, and got Glory's help in determining where to put them.
IDIC symbol (Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations). In the case of Firefly, it means dressing up my humble station wagon as an interplanetary vehicle from a televised space western.
I was really unsure about where to place this one, as it really would make more sense on the inside, since it is a type of bridge plating replicated from the set of the show. I toyed with putting it next to the fuel door, but ended up putting it beside the aft
In the meantime though, I look forward to the Fireflex prompting knowing grins and nods of acknowledgment from fellow fans, and from the rest, either a complete lack of reaction, or perhaps the same bewilderment that 'Metal Mulisha' window stickers provoke in me.