CC Outtake: Rust? No, Just Lichen And Other Organic Growth – But He Cannot Read The License Plate Frame

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Despite an extremely sunny and warm winter, the growths on this old Econoline van haven’t all succumbed to the dry air, although there is a noticeable lack of moss. And the RUST bumper sticker?

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Jerry Rust was a five-term county commissioner. Who knows for which of his many campaigns that sticker was put on for, but it got a lot of mileage. Ok, so that was the easy one. Now how about the Latin on that license plate protector? I took Latin at Loyola, but my mind was perpetually elsewhere. Well, it didn’t take much to figure out that it says “He cannot read the Craecum”.ย  But what exactly is a/the Craecum? Finding a simple definition is hard to come by on the web, but it’s perhaps a compendium of sorts. Anybody out there that can give us a better explanation of what this license plate frame is trying to tell us?

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From the ’05 license plate registration sticker, tis van has been immobile here for some time. And hence the organic exterior decor.

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This side is in better shape, undoubtedly because it’s exposed to the bright western sun, the enemy of lichens and such. These gen2 Econolines are getting a bit scarce on the streets, and have taken to hiding in the driveways. Here’s Jim Cavanaugh’s CC on this generation.