"panic" only comes from having real expectations
My dad lives in Kentucky, but drives a company van that has Ohio plates and when we went on vacation we rented an RV from an Ohio dealership. Of course, when we arrived at our destination, we rented a car with North Carolina plates.
Also, I'm here in KY, but my neighbors have 4 cars, all still with Ohio plates on them.
I suppose it's normal to assume that the plates and the home state of the driver are the same, but I bet it's not uncommon for that not to be true.
And I agree with the thought that a lot of comments like these are conversation starters/acknowledgements as people try to say something besides the usual "Monin'" or "Hello." (such as "hot enough for ya" when it's 90 stinking degrees outside.)
A man boarded a plane with 6 kids. After they got settled in their seats a woman sitting across the aisle from him leaned over to him and asked, 'Are all of those kids yours?'
He replied, 'No. I work for a condom company. These are customer complaints.
Here's your sign...
2015 Reds record when I'm attending: 4-112015 Dragons record when I'm attending: 1-2
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