Sometimes, it takes fresh eyes to see something obvious. Like when Mr. TR’s friend VO, who drove up in the UHaul with the hubby, asked if Pittsburghers get issued the Steelers, OBX, and Sunoco stickers when we buy a car, or if we have to wait until we get the title.
But he’s right, there’s a small trifecta of pretty standard bumper stickers in Pittsburgh that might not mean anything to outsiders – and sometimes barely mean anything to me!
First – sports. This is pretty self explanatory. Some form of logo for the Steelers, Bucs, or Pens is de rigeur – my Steelers sticker graces the car I purchased in Texas and has never yet been in Pittsburgh.
Second, OBX. This one is probably pretty obscure if you’re not from the east coast. If you live anywhere in the eastern third of the U.S., especially the land-locked, cold Great Lakes and Appalachian areas, “OBX” calls to mind warm sandy beaches and idyllic lighthouses. Considering the Outer Banks are the nicest vacation spot within easy driving distance of Pittsburgh, it’s no surprise how many people advertise on their cars that they like to go there:
And finally, we come to the one that stumped me. Honestly, I never even noticed that probably a quarter of the cars in the ‘Burgh have a Sunoco sticker plastered on them. Or if I noticed, I never really thought about it. There’s a GetGo and a Shell station in my neighborhood that both generally had cheaper gas, so I rarely went into Sunoco, and I don’t listen to enough radio to know about the long-since-ended contest in which Sunoco planned to give away a few thousand bucks’ worth of gas to someone sporting their sticker:
So, how ’bout it? Be honest – what’s on your car?