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Friday, June 17, 2005

In some ways I just don't want to grow up.

I have come to realize two things this week:

1. Being the driver of a small SUV is just not part of my persona. For all intensive purposes it's what I should be driving. I'm on the road a lot for work, which equals buying a lot of gas. My little Hyundai Tucson gets great gas mileage. Being the Mommy of a very young child also makes the small SUV an ideal situation. However, this car just doesn't feel like "me". I drove trucks for the last 14 years - I'm used to BIG, powerful, fast, and sturdy. I got quite accustomed to people getting the hell outta my way when they saw me coming. I'm also used to having the ability to haul a bunch of crap at one time. When deploying servers or workstations, the truck really came in handy.

2. I miss driving a manual transmission. That's all I drove until my last truck, a Dodge Ram 1500 quad cab, and of course my Tucson. Car manufacterers don't make many manual transmissions anymore, unless you're looking for a small sports car. I wanted the Ram in a manual transmission, but it was only available in the work truck model. Can you say no carpet, no power anything, no features whatsoever? Yeck. The Hyundai Tucson only comes in a manual transmission for the 4 cyclinder base model. Try running a little 4-banger with the air conditioner on in the Vegas heat - don't expect any get-up-and-go, 'cause you won't hardly get up!

I'm sure there's some sort of Freudian diagnosis for all this.

7 comments:

Z said...

Freud would have a diagnosis for something as inconsequential as doing laundry only once a week.

Forget Freud. Small SUVs should be outlawed on the same grounds as 4 cylinder trucks.

Moose said...

I'm with you on the manual transmission. Unless you want to drive a stripped out vehicle or a small car, you are out of luck.

Davydgrey said...

Holding a stick shaped object in your hand and getting pressed against the seat? No. Nothing Freudian at all in that.

An80sNut said...

What are you saying, DG? That she subconsciously wants Maddy to have a brother? I miss driving stick sometimes and still usually have my hand where it would be. I also miss my Toyota at times. Sure, I can put a lot in and on my Rodeo (the loveseat fit well on the roof) but with a truck... I'd go pick up some river rock and change my landscape.

Vavoom said...

As someone that drives a V6, manual transmission truck, I hear you. SUVs are absolutely lame. Would you like to pretend you are outdoorsy, waste gas and blow 40,000 dollars all in one shot? You've got it, get an SUV.

Vavoom said...

p.s. My sister and her husband just bought an SUV for their family. How about Subaru's? Those are pretty sturdy, zippy and good on gas. Freud would've wanted a car that had a cocaine dispenser on the dash...

Jas... said...

One word, Lora...
Hummer

:D
Jas...