Tony Deyo

Stand-up Comedian

And zingo was his name, oh.


Sometimes you make big decisions in life, and then later… you wonder if it was the right decision. Moving to NYC is not one of those. I was recently reminded of how New York fits us so much better than North Carolina. While trying to figure out where to return my NC license plates, I ran across the North Carolina DMV’s “Frequently Asked Questions” list. This is the 2nd question on the list:

“Walked out to my car this morning and zingo (!) my license plates, both front and back, were gone. I suspect it was the work of some local hooligans. What should I do now?”

First of all, I didn’t even know “zingo” was a word. Secondly, I didn’t know you could throw an exclamation point into the middle of a sentence just to add emphasis. And thirdly, do people really still say “hooligans”? And are they saying it so often, that it needs to be the second question on the Frequently Asked Questions list?

Incidentally, the first question was concerning the appropriate procedure after swerving to miss a skunk, hitting a tree stump, and bending your front license plate in half “like a beach towel over a tree stump.” Apparently North Carolina also has frequently used analogies.