For the first time in my life, I’ve ordered a vanity license plate for my car. Why? Two reasons. One, this is the first time I’ve ever owned a new car and two, I came up with a plate that I felt was clever enough to make me happy.
I registered the car this morning, and here’s the temp plate:
So, what’s clever about that? “UP-UP” has multiple, albeit personal, meanings…three, to my peculiar mind.
- I am a network engineer. On some network devices, when an interface is physically connected, working properly, and administratively configured to pass traffic, the interface will report an “up up” status. When the interface is “up up”, generally speaking, all is well with it. This is widely known, so much so that network engineers might say to each other, “I checked the interface, and it’s up up.”
NETWORKDEVICE# show interface Gi1/1
GigabitEthernet1/1 is up, line protocol is up (connected)
- I hike in the White Mountains of New Hampshire more than the average bear. Those trails feature a whole lot of “up”. Believe me.
- I am a fan of the J.R.R. Tolkien Hobbit & Lord of the Rings stories. I read the books repeatedly as a child (and adult), and have also consumed the extended cut of the LotR movie trilogy more than once. In the Hobbit, Gollum uses “up up” in one of his riddles to Bilbo. In the film version of “The Return of the King,” Gollum in one his schizophrenic monologues says, “Up, up, up, up the stairs we go. Until we come to… the tunnel!” Which isn’t to say I fancy Gollum overly much. The sneak. But I am a LotR fan, and that tie – however distant – is enough that I feel I’m at least giving a tip of the hat in the direction of Middle-Earth with my plate.
So good news for you if you share the road with me. Now you know who just ran you into the ditch.