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it hasn't been updated in a while, but i'm glad to see that there is a site dedicated to the hatred of the suv. i never liked these things, but since i've actually had to spend more time driving lately, this hatred has grown into something larger, more all-encompassing. (check the web site for some tips on how to creatively protest against these travesties.)

i don't have enough time or enough energy to go through all of the things that bug me about the suv, but aside from the personal peeves- i can't see around them, they take up a parking space and a half, etc.- i have to say that there are a couple of reasons that stand out:

1. the people who have trouble admitting that these vehicles are just a luxury that feeds their ego feel the need to justify the purchase on the grounds that these vehicles are more safe than conventional cars. they aren't. vehicles that have lots of room and have a better safety record exist and they are lighter weight than suvs. they're called minivans. but they don't have the sporty look that the suv driver wants. so you'd rather have a vehicle that is unsafe, but (you think) makes you lok good.

2. there are very, very few people living in cities whose lifestyle actually requires a vehicle with off-road and 4-wheel drive capability. in an urban environment, these vehicles are a nuissance and, given the amount of gas they take and the fact that their presence drives the cost of fuel up for everybody, the choice to own one is extremely irresponsible. these people need to be sent to their rooms until they can behave like grown ups who realise the consequences of their decisions.

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as long as you're here, why not read more?

dreamspeak

ok, so i've been lax about posting here. i apologise. there are reasons. i don't know if they'ree good reasons, but they include:


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me :: i agree smedley. [pauses for a moment] did you get that here?

dom :: no?

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dom :: what ?!?!?

me :: i've had wine and very little food. [pause] but the alien thing was real. [pause.] well, real on tv.

dom :: please eat something.

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