Tales From the City

LOL car

A Maine moment, don’t be such a pill, and spare bills.

LOL car

Traveling in Maine recently, we saw many vanity license plates and had fun decoding them. The best one needed no decoding. It simply read “OWA-CAH.”

James Burns / Dover, New Hampshire

Don’t be a pill


We’re so inundated with catchy drug names that it can change your perception. I went to pick up my prescription at CVS and immediately returned it to the pharmacy technician: “This isn’t mine. I’m not on Promi-sed.” She gently pointed out that the word read “promised,” as in it was promised to be completed by a certain time.

Janice Harpin Schmidt / Brookline

Spare ten grand?

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It finally happened: A panhandler in Central Square asked me not for a dime or a dollar but for ten bucks. That threw me.

But if he’d asked me for ten grand, that would have thrown me even more – and made me worry that I was starting to look like Mitt Romney.

Steve Nadis / Cambridge

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