I was so surprised to get a particular comment on my last posting. Someone asked me to "nix the liberalism", (the translation to English from Pig Latin is by me). Then the writer asked what SUV I drive.
First, I would be surprised if anyone who reads this weblog is not a) one of my blood relatives, or b)a person who has actually ridden in my Subaru, or c) conscious of my political leanings.
For the record, I've really admired SUV's, because they look so cool. I think they would fit my family lifestyle since I regularly drive more than three children in the afternoons to dance class, baseball games, or on playdates. I am never a lone driver. A minivan would also work, but as far as I know, none have a stick and I still like to live in the fantasy view that I am still cool because I drive standard transmission. However, I have written letters to the editor of two papers, an email to the Everyday Ethicist, and have had countless conversations stating why I believe SUVs are really a bad idea for our country.
For those that truly have no alternative for what they have to haul, they seem like a very appropriate vehicle. Maybe for taking the work crew out to the oil rig, or what have you. But man, to drive yourself, in town, to and from work, like so many of the SUV drivers I see here in Austin, they don't seem to be very "conservative" in terms of gas consumption, emissions, and safety for the general driving public.
Not to mention, the people getting rich off our gulping of oil are often in Saudi Arabia, where, by the way, many of the hijackers of 9/11 came from. You know, I feel really good and extra patriotic thinking I'm starving the Saudis of a little piece of America's assets. I wish we could think of some energy source and have THEM buy from the good old USA for the next 50 years. That's because I'm so patriotic. I love America a lot more than Saudi Arabia.
I'm posting a photo of my beloved (100,000+ mile) Red Subaru wagon, so you can wish my sweet ride a little goodwill.