Eighteen for 50

I play an aggressive game of license-plate spotting. To occupy myself on long commutes, I decided to spot and record license plates from all 50 states. To make the game interesting, I applied the 18 fighting principles of my martial art to safely navigate traffic while reading plates. I wrote a 65-page research paper on the experience that included a statistical index, glossary, and endnotes.


Writing, research, investigation, analysis, defensive driving



  • Head of School Sifu Wally Jones
  • Co-pilot Eleanor Johnson