Gut Rumbles

January 10, 2005

envy is a mortal sin

Read this post and then explain it slowly to me, so that I can grasp the anger concept.

My beef is with the average suburbanite who has two of these behemoth vehicles sitting in their driveway and the only time the wheels ever leave the pavement is to jump the curb and park on the grass at the mall at Christmas time when all the parking is gone.

Okay... GOD!!! Jump up and tell those "average suburbanites: THEY CAN'T HAVE ONE OF THOSE.... simply because IT PISSES YOU OFF!!! Yep, if it pissed you off, it must be wrong, and therefore we should tailor the world to suit YOU. Outlaw SUVs, but you can keep your jeep because you are smarter than everyone else with a four-wheel drive.

This kind of attitude is where government idiocy comes from. Holy ME, and evil YOU, because you don't suit ME with the way you live. We need a LAW to MAKE YOU live the way I see fit. It's... MY WILL the will of God.

How can you possibly object to that kind of attitude?


I don't mind folks having them - as long as they learn how to drive them. After our first ice storm, it was the "safe" 4 wheel drive SUVs that were on their roofs in the ditches or straddling smaller cars they never bothered watching out for (because they expected the little cars to part like the Red Sea for them), I wanted to force them all to retake driving lessons to learn how to handle the behomeths they choose to drive.

Me, I drive a small stick because I love the control and manueverabilty. And because I'm cheap.

Posted by: S L B on January 10, 2005 02:10 PM

" if it pissed you off, it must be wrong, and therefore we should tailor the world to suit YOU."

Gee, that doesn't sound so bad. Where do I sign up?

First thing I'll do is trade in my SUV for a tank, and then...

Posted by: Tom on January 10, 2005 02:26 PM

I've never understood how people can fume over someone else's choice in his automobile purchase. I mean, sure: I think that the Excursion and H2 are both incredibly impractical (and in the case of the H2, just plain dumb), but if a guy really enjoys sinking $60 in gasoline everytime his wife drops the kid off at elementary school, then so be it. It's not my problem.

Posted by: D.J. M.B. on January 10, 2005 02:44 PM

I don't get it Acid? The guy reminds me of you. He has tunnel vision.
C'mon; when you get right down to it... ain't this what it's all about? The ones with opposing tunnel vision - YELL at one another, and the ones with wide-angle lens: talk to one another.
I'm making no judgement here, merely stating a fact.
What I just wrote is pretty wise, ain't it? But the REAL problem is: I still scream at a lot of people. LOL!
Why? Tunnel vision is more interesting, and a helluva lot more fun.
And THAT is what it's all about.
My guess is that the answer to all our problems is (gulp) boring dialogue(?) And that simply will not do.

Posted by: D. Lee on January 10, 2005 02:51 PM

He sounds jealous.

Posted by: BlogDog on January 10, 2005 03:02 PM

HEY Tom! I want a tank too!
An old Sherman or a stuart will do nicely.

Posted by: Saphyre Rose on January 10, 2005 03:02 PM

You're great....and totally right...

I love my Yukon XL Denali - $50 a tank and I couldn't care less - when the bimbo in the Concorde LXI (a large rear-wheel drive car w/terrible gas mileage that no one complains about) rear-ended me and PUSHED MY SUPER_SUV into the car in front of me, at a light (she was going 40 mph) I was ecstatic that I was in a larger vehicle - no injuries to me at all. Had I been driving a Saturn, I'd probably be
a. still in the hospital
b. owner of car parts, not an existing vehicle anymore.

I agree - people that own them should be able to drive / park them, but that's no of his business either.

Posted by: VHMPrincess on January 10, 2005 03:08 PM

I want a Hummer. I have no good reason for wanting one, but I don't NEED a good reason to own one.

I just need the cash to pay for it. If I've got that, what I buy is nobody's business but my own.

Posted by: Acidman on January 10, 2005 03:32 PM

I think that the whole world must be going to hell in a hand basket if all some guy has to worry about is what type of vehilce I drive. But, I can't afford a SUV either.

Posted by: Ronnie on January 10, 2005 03:40 PM

We're finding that if we have more than one kid an SUV or decent van is mandatory due to the "protect you from yourselves" child seating laws and the design of the cars and seats.

Blame the child safety people for part of the boom in SUV sales.

Posted by: Jay on January 10, 2005 04:28 PM

How can you possibly object to that kind of attitude?

Last time we did, it involved muskets. I've always said the old ways are the best ones.

Makes me want to buy a Hummer. But not one of the new, pansy ones. The original Arnie-grade, hippie-squashing one.

Posted by: Mr. Lion on January 10, 2005 05:02 PM

The guy is JEALOUS!
Do as I say, and not as I do comes to mind as a philosophy...

Posted by: Tetzman on January 10, 2005 05:03 PM

Well, I don't know if a Ram, and a Durango are SUV's but neither one gets jack shit for gas mileage, and while I don't enjoy the price at the pumps, it is what it is, and so far, I'm footin' the bills.

I can haull 5 little leagers and all their equipment in the bed of the truck. I can haul plywood back from Home Depot, and I can put both my dogs in the bed of that truck. I need it. Ever try to do all that in a Honda Civic? Yeah, that's what I though.

Momma's Durango... Well, I'll fess up. I got tired of her wantin' to take my rig everywhere she went, so I got her, her own. It's 4WD, and it snows and ices up here. So far she's kep' it 'tween the ditches and I'd rather she have that then me. Anybody like gettin' calls "Hey, I'm stuck, come unstick me? I know she knows how to drive it. She's only uses two throttle positions in that truck. Wide open, and Idlin and she ain't even a RedNeck. I'm nice to my Ol' Black Betty.(My Ram Pickup)

Posted by: RedNeck on January 10, 2005 05:20 PM

I want a Hummer.

You should be able to get them pretty cheap in Costa Rica.

Oh wait, you're talking about one of those big-assed SUV's, aren't you. Nevermind.

Posted by: Ralph Gizzip on January 10, 2005 06:17 PM

Are you actually reading the the same post I wrote? Sentence #5- "If you're an off-road enthusiast and actually use the four-wheel drive function in the vehicle, that's cool."
How about further down,"I like four-wheel drive vehicles. What I don't like is status-seeking poseurs."
The gist was that people who drive them don't buy them for off-road, but for looks. That they are often rude and or incompetent while driving them.
Where the hell do you get that I advocate having them outlawed??? Don't paint me with your liberal brush. I never mentioned legislating anything.
I don't mind your ripping me a new one, just be accurate about it. Your journalism schooling is showing.
Damn liberal cracker : )

Posted by: Lee on January 10, 2005 06:21 PM

Right out of the lefties playbook, those evil SUV's, if a person is successful enough to own and operate an SUV don't go trying to drag the owner down to the level of the owner that isn't willing to be that successful. Because of their inablity to succeed, in their minds, everyone else that does must be punished for their success, so bring them down to the level of the lowest common denominator. FDR started that mentality in 1933 and it still affects the minds of half this nation's population..

Posted by: Jack on January 10, 2005 06:27 PM

Self preservation is the key. When you drive your Saturn under my Hummer it'll be Uranus the world is saying adios to! I'll just have the ding in the bumper fixed and get on with life. Paying a little more for a fill-up in exchange for some piece of mind is fine with me.

Posted by: Rumbear on January 10, 2005 06:37 PM

Rumbear, you better hope I am not driving the saturn on the day you try to run us over.

I used to drive a muscle car. A 1972 AMC Javelin. That was 1978. Carter blew that. I couldn't afford a $45 dollar fill up as a college student.

Let's face it boys, the real reason you have those big SUV's is NOT for self preservation it to make up for the size of the dick.
Nice mentally, "I am going to run you over with my big vehicle." Does that mean that I get to run you over in the parking lot because you got out of your vehicle and my car is faster?
Don't think I am just picking on the boys here.
I know women have penis envy just as well as some of you dickless wonders.

Stop just agreeing with Acidman for a change and read the damn post.

Posted by: Saphyre Rose on January 10, 2005 10:47 PM

To hell with a Hummer. I really want one of THESE.

Posted by: Desert Cat on January 10, 2005 11:14 PM

SUV's are fine. They have a purpose. I'm sure that dude was just blowing off some damn steam. I was almost sideswiped by an SUV... big ass expedition driven by someone not old enough to buy cigs with cell phone glued firmly to ear. You should have to get a special class licence to drive one of those, (to prove proficiency) like you have to get one for a motorcycle or to drive truck. (18 wheeled variety)

But yes, this being America, we drive what we want. And we like it. :D

Only thing in my garage will be a buick LaCrosse and a mustang Cobra (my fiancee's)

Posted by: cythen on January 11, 2005 04:05 AM

Let us put this in perspective. My firend, with the 74 foot houseboat,spends about $$300 every time he fills up. I guess there is just not enough houseboats or the greenies haven't discovered them yet.

Posted by: Steve on January 11, 2005 08:35 AM

The point is envy. Most activists are motivated by it. Think how well off they (and everyone else) would be if they attended to their own affairs and left others alone. Tolerance of activities one disapproves of is no skin off anyone's ass.

I'm neither envious of others' wealth, nor intimidated by it. Live and let live: that way, my rights and yours are secured.

Posted by: Brett on January 11, 2005 09:08 AM

Ah, these kinds of rants make me smile when I'm driving by in my excursion.

I just put my best "fuck y'all" face on and keep on driving.

I can afford it, I enjoy driving it, I love those got-damn heated front seats, and I love being able to be eye to eye with the guys in the big trucks. A big SUV is a beautiful thing.



Posted by: Catzmeow on January 11, 2005 11:49 AM

oops, not an excursion (those are too damn big even for me to want to drive), we have an expedition, which is a good fit for the size of our family.

Posted by: catzmeow on January 11, 2005 11:51 AM
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