What's a Boink?
OK, based upon what some others have said... "boink" is not what you might be thinking. ;-) It's a bit of a favorite word of mine; it means "to happen suddenly"... like someone appearing out of nowhere - BOINK!... something gets done with unimaginable speed - BOINK! In the Calvin and Hobbes comic series by Bill Watterson, boink means "to fail or breakdown somehow."
all began when I got my first Mini (a 1962
So I decide to go with BOINK and select 62 MINI as my alternate on the application form. About 3 weeks later I get a letter from the D.M.V. telling me I would be getting 62 MINI. I thought "too bad but what the heck, it's OK." However, I decided it wouldn't hurt to at least call the D.M.V. and ask why I didn't get BOINK. A woman at the custom plate desk answered the phone and after hearing me ask "why," there is a very long pause... she came back with "well, sir, it has sexual connotations." I said "oh, gads, I must be out of the slang loop these days." Now, the truth be known, I knew that there was an alternative meaning of the word, but I never used it that way (and some parts of the world, the word in question would be "BONK"). I went on to explain how it was a favorite family word and that my son had a popular "best of" Calvin & Hobbes book entitled "Scientific Progress Goes Boink" (1991). She said that she would consult with her supervisor about the BOINK license plate and that they would call me back. I didn't expect a favorable ruling with a call back (afterall, I was dealing with a state agency).
Now, a tiny bit more background. There has been quite a lot of
OK, so I get a call back from the D.M.V. supervisor after about 15 minutes. She said, "hey, my son has that book too... you can have the BOINK plates!" I was delighted, and the rest is history. I used to get comments from some who sort of "wink wink, nudge nudge" me about it's double meaning. All the more fun! (oh, by the way, you simply wouldn't believe the multitude of references to the word "boink" in cyberspace... I did a search and found thousands, including a site where someone also had a car with the same plates! There is a woman in North Carolina that has a new, BMW, Mini with BOINK plates!)
When I finally sold that car (1999), I kept the plates. Then, when I went back into DMV to transfer the plates to the newer Mini, it started all over again... and with a little persuasion and luck, I got them on the 1973 registered car (though actually about a 1990 Mini). And, finally, when I sold that “Cooperized” Mini in 2005, I saved the plates and successfully (easy this time) got them on the 1959 Bugeye Sprite. J