The readers and contributors to this newsgroup seem to be getting their
jumping to conclusions.
Mike reads my post and assumes (wrongly) that I'm being pompous and wanting
to 'do as I do", instead of realizing that what I was talking about was (as
another reader correctly
inferred) that I was talking about people who buy trucks not because they
require them for their
jobs or frequent tasks of hauling big items, but because their size "might"
come in handy "sometime".
(Or maybe they're trying to do their share in the area of gasoline
I think we've all seen soccer moms transporting their ONE child to a soccer
game in a Ford Excursion
or Chevy Suburban....and that's the only reason they have such a behemoth
vehicle. I have nothing
against folks who own trucks who actually use them for their utility values,
a point lost on Mike
(who admits to being 'testy'.)
And yes, Dave, I have indeed seen people exiting Sam's Club (and Costco)
....and the local
supermarket....carrying enough supplies to outfit a summer camp for 200
children. I do get around,
just like you.
Alas mack, I can be held a tad guilty (is that like a little bit pregnant?)
by my own earlier admissions. Though I like to think of myself as a pretty
balanced guy, I take refuge in the fact that balance means that for every
rational thought I have there must be something less rational popping up
here and there...
One's words can sometimes come back to haunt one...
While I really do understand what you were trying to say mack, it remains
that there are several reasons why people drive what they do. In some cases
it is all about the fashion statement, or it's about the macho statement,
but in plenty of other cases it's because the household has a mixed need.
Often times that mixed need does is not supported by income or desire to own
two vehicles. So - for 20% or 30% or 40% (pick a number) of the time they
really need a van or a Suburban, or a Pick Up. The remaining time something
else would do. Economics and other factors drive the decision on what to
buy. Are there alternatives to those decisions? Sure, but none of us can
sit in the cat bird's seat and make a judgment on those decisions absent the
insight. That's really what I was getting at in my comments.
Besides... have you ever seen how butt ugly a gun rack looks in the back
window of a Honda Accord?
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