Why Do All U-Haul's Have Arizona License Plates?

Monday, June 27, 2022

Summertime makes me think of road trips.  Who doesn't envision that American dream of putting the top down on a convertible and spending your summer vacation hitting the highway?  Think of all you can see and do out on the open road!  

Here in my house, we're in the midst of a stressful-yet-exciting move across a few hundred miles into a different state, and we've frequently been hitting the open road.  It's not exactly leisurely, but it's the open road nonetheless.  

When people hear we're leaving New York after almost 40 years, we often hear "You Got Out!" as if leaving New York is like escaping prison.  I mean, it kind of is, but that's a different story for a different time as we don't discuss politics here at YesterYear... 

We only discuss happy thoughts of better times from a bygone era!  I guess the two really are connected when you think about it, but I digress...

As part of the move, we initially rented a U-Haul truck.  Then, we canceled the reservation and rented an even bigger U-Haul truck.  Then, it turned out we didn't need the U-Haul after all when we found that a POD was roughly the same price, and I didn't have to drive it!  I rented a small U-Haul ten years ago when we moved into that house we just sold, so I can at least say I have some experience driving a rental truck.  From what I remember, it was fun, if not slightly uncomfortable to sit in, as my wife and I were starting off on a new adventure together in our first house.  

By the way, if you like road trips and 90s nostalgia, and why would you be here otherwise, perhaps you'd like to check out my article about Hamton and Plucky's big road trip to Happy World Land in Tiny Toon Adventure's How I Spent My Summer Vacation.  CLICK HERE TO READ IT!

As a kid, I was always fascinated with U-Haul trucks.  After all, kids like big trucks and things like that.  They sort of reminded me of an RV, which I've documented here before that I've always loved.  I'd daydream about fixing up a U-Haul with all the amenities of an RV so that I'd have a secret stealth RV to travel the country in.  I'd park it on the street or in a parking lot, and nobody would ever know I was eating, sleeping, or watching TV inside.  Silly, yes, but I spent a lot of time on a road trip planning such silly things.

Also, U-Hauls are painted with bright, bold orange accent colors.  Orange is my favorite color, and even today, I'm still immediately attracted to any brand or product that features the color (ahem: Tide).   In addition to the orange and white, the trucks often depict colorful images and fun designs painted on the side.  These images ranged from cowboys, UFOs, animals, and even fighter jets.  My family would frequently play a guessing game over what design we'd find as we pulled alongside a U-Haul during our road trips.

While guessing at the side panel images, I noticed something else that all of the trucks had in common.  They all had Arizona license plates.  Why is that?  And why do they all have "Apportioned" written on them?

Well, I'm never one to let you down, so let's dig a little deeper into why U-Hauls all have Arizona license plates!

Saved By The Bell's Summer at the Malibu Sands Beach Club

Monday, June 20, 2022

Like many other children of the 80s or 90s, I grew up watching Saved by the Bell.  I previously wrote an article about something that has always puzzled some fans of the show, titled "Where Did Jessie and Kelly Go?"  I'm pretty proud of the article, as it's something I always wanted to get to the bottom of, and I hope you'll please CLICK HERE to read it.

When I was growing up, Saved by the Bell frequently ran in syndication, both during mornings before school or in the afternoons afterward.  I'd often get up earlier than needed and catch an episode or two before heading for the school bus.  My Mom bought me the Saved by the Bell board game, and while it was definitely made for girls, my friends and I still enjoyed playing it to the point that I still have it today.

Of all my favorite television shows, I've found that my favorite episodes involve travel, or at the very least, different scenery.  For example, on I Love Lucy, my favorite episodes are the season from Lucy and Ricky's trip to Hollywood.  On Saved by the Bell, my favorites have always been the "beach club" episodes.    

For those unfamiliar with Saved by the Bell, the "beach club" episodes were a six-episode story arc during Season Three, where the gang gets summer jobs working on the beach.  During those episodes, we discover that Lisa Turtle's parents are members of the exclusive Malibu Sands Beach Club and use their membership to get the kids from Bayside jobs for the summer.   

Kelly and Slater spend the summer as lifeguards while Jessie works at the reception desk.  Screech works as a busboy at the club's restaurant, while Zack starts the summer as a waiter but quickly begins to operate as the "social director."  Using his social director title quite liberally, Zack frequently lent a helping hand by applying sun tan lotion to girls on the beach before offering to take them to dinner.  (What a guy!)  Lisa Turtle, whose wealthy parents got everyone jobs, doesn't need to work and spends her summer lounging on the beach or tagging along with the group. 

The "beach club" episodes also introduced us to two fun new characters.  Character actor Ernie Sabella (CLICK HERE TO READ ALL ABOUT HIM) debuts as Mr. Leon Carosi, the owner of The Malibu Sands.  His daughter, Stacey, is a tough-talking loudmouth from "the east coast," quickly becoming a love interest for the show's main character, Zack.  Stacey is portrayed by the great Leah Remini of King of Queens fame.   

Let's continue our YesterYear Summer of '22 with a look back at the Saved by the Bell summer at the Malibu Sands Beach Club! 

Foods of YesterYear: Carvel Ice Cream

Monday, June 13, 2022

Believe it or not, Memorial Day has already come and gone.  So, what better way to launch the YesterYear Summer of '22 than with a story about ice cream?  After all, who doesn't love ice cream on a hot summer evening?  Or, you know... all year long?

Some of you may be reading this not knowing what Carvel is.  A mostly East Coast brand, Carvel is heavily concentrated in the North Eastern United States.  The company is the original soft serve ice cream brand in America and markets itself as "America's Freshest Ice Cream." 


Carvel ice cream is one of our favorite treats in my house.  Carvel will, at times, get dropped off via a food delivery service once the little one is in bed so my wife and I can enjoy a night of television or a movie.  (Isn't modern technology great?) 

Growing up north of New York City, we had a Carvel in town.  If I remember right, my Grandfather always preferred Carvel over the local Ma and Pa establishment everyone else preferred.  He really liked the crushed bits of chocolate cookie called "crunchies" between the layers of ice cream.  More than a few times, old Gramps famously wrote letters to Carvel complaining about the inconsistency of his beloved crunchies.  He was rewarded for his efforts of taking the time to handwrite a letter with coupons for free cakes.  Not a bad return on his efforts, if you ask me. 

As we kick off the summer of 2022 and increase our ice cream intake, what better way to kick off the season than to look back at the history of the iconic ice cream franchise!

This Month In YesterYear History - June

Monday, June 6, 2022

Welcome to June!  A new month brings a new edition of "This Month in YesterYear History!"   

In this series, we'll take a brief look back at the "best" or "top" of pop culture from 20 (2002), 25 (1997), and 30 (1992) years ago!    

Using film website Box Office Mojo, The Billboard Top 40 music list, and a conglomeration of television rating websites, I've pieced together a little time capsule of what was significant in life during those days.   

Hopefully, as you read these brief synopses from the past, you'll remember the who, when, and where of your memories from that time period.  That's what this site is all about, after all!

So, get into those time machines, my friends!  We're headed back to 20, 25, and 30 years ago!