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No denial going on there...!

Driving to work the other day, I see a SUV in front of me displaying a personalized license plate saying:


LOLOL! No denial going on there…!

Awhile back - when gasoline prices in SoCal were around $3.50 per gallon – I had just parked at the grocery store when the most ginormous SUV I’d ever seen, outside of a Hummer, parked right next to me. It sparkled and gleamed in the sunlight.

A woman got out, looked at my car – a 1973 VW Bug which was in desperate need of washing – sighed, glanced at her vehicle with a pained expression, looked back at me and said wistfully, “I bet you’re really happy you have that car.”

I replied, “Yes. I am.”

(And yes, I am truly eccentric to be driving a car that is older than many people I have worked with…! I said for many years to many people (who unkindly inquired "when are you going to get rid of that junker?"*) that I was working on an antique car. And, as of a couple of years ago, I achieved my goal.

* - The attitude of people in the 1980s toward my car was: "When are you going to get rid of that junker?"

* - The attitude in the 1990s was, "Ah, nostalgia! I used to have one of those!"

* - The attitude now is... I'm not entirely sure, exactly. But there are still plenty of these cars around. Here's a link to Bugstock, an event I attended for a couple of years.



>>>Kath, you wouldn't be you without your VW. They loom large in your legend. lol (name that movie)

LOL! Little blue bugs certainly are my trademark.

>>>That said, Larry and I still tool around in a highly efficient light truck while Ben just entered the realms of SUV ownership (long story) and looks at our little truck and sighs heavily.

Whatchya gonna do? I still can't quite figure out the point of having such a heavy vehicle for suburban use. I used to ride around in four-wheel-drive vehicles (on unimproved roads) in Arizona, but having something like that to drive the kids to school or go to the grocery store seems to me to be like using the proverbial cannon to shoot a gnat.

I do know one woman who definitely *needed* a large vehicle. Very sad story; her sister passed away and she suddenly had custody of three young children, in addition to her own three kids. So she went out and got a large capacity SUV.

But for most instances of kids & stuff, what's wrong with the boring old station wagon? (I guess it's the "boring" part that's wrong with that equation.)