Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Off the Medical Road.

Other odd things that occured: loved the 4 ton truck that pulled behind me at the gas station today. A 100 dollar fill up I'd guess. The guy was a typical SUV driver: fat, suited, probably in sales. He seemed nervous as he lowered himself out of the high carriage (which will tip over in a stiff wind apparently). I'd gone inside to get some water and when I came out, I saw something I didn't expect to see. Despite the suit, the SUV, and the WASP look, he had an environmental bumper sticker NOS (something about the blue bay). I went into momentary cognitive dissonance. The SUV not only pollutes, but sucks gas, makes the Mullahs stronger, funds, in part, terrorism, is more likely to kill innocent kids when their too-high bumpers smash into skulls, but has deaths-per-vehicle on par with other cheaply made things that aren't meant to go fast. These are things that ought not to be driven by someone who cares about the environment. To care about the environment is to have a brain. It is to be able to step beyond oneself. Nearly above one's own self, to see the interation that one has with the world at large. This cognitive leap is impossible for the SUV driver.

It was like watching a mole using suntan lotion.

I think the bumper sticker was probably put on by the guy's 13 year old daughter. Or the wife he's soon going to get tired of arguing with. Or one of his friends as a joke - but surely they could do better with a rainbow sticker?

My world is restored. SUV drivers are evil, simple, and stupid creatures, with no room for good.


Blogger laurenbove said...

Hi Doc: What's up? (weak laugh once the nearly unintended pun is discovered)

I have a Jeep Cherokee (not grand just Cherokee.) I love it because it gets me out and about to work etc. in the snow and ice. I can climb a tree if I have to. (I've actually had to) I also like the American-ness of it. It was the first big girl car I bought on my own. It was real. I felt connected to the root development of ground vehicles designed for all terrain under battle conditions.

Why was this important? It wasn't really. Just that connection to something real I guess.

I do hate the gas mileage it gets and the damage caused to the environment. Father was a hippie and is an enviromental engineer that actually builds scrubbers that clean the pollution out of the air.

Alas the conundrum... What to buy? Suggestions for the East coast and our winters from hell?

My most hated drivers are the UBERSUV's such as the monsters (Excursion, Escalade, Suburban to name a few) the privileged SAHM's drive and although destined for failure, pathetically attempt to manueveur.

Nonsequeter of the day: I just spend 100 dollars COPAY for Bextra for a month. That sucks about as much as SUV drivers suck.

9:34 AM  
Blogger Doc NOS said...

I'm on the fence about jeeps. I'll just err on the side of caution and call them evil. Sorry. It's like the Kosher rules, from what I understand. Even though the bible doesn't ban eating shrimp, the Jews err on the side of caution and call it not kosher. Jeeps: not kosher, cannot eat them.

You're going to the circle of hell reserved for small size SUVs, not the inner circle, where owners of Hummers go. Again, I'm sorry.

8:57 PM  
Blogger marybishop said...

I guess I'm going to heaven because I drive a Cabrio - I fill it up once month whether it needs it or not.

6:11 AM  
Blogger laurenbove said...

Excellent, just so long as I'm out of the "inner circle."

Can I be redeemed if I trade in for a nice 2002 Kosher Honda only driven on Saturdays to Temple and back? I swear I'll never keep it in the same garage as the milktruck. Promise.

12:32 PM  
Blogger Doc NOS said...

I'm pretty sure all cabrios go to car heaven, but I'm no theologian.

If you trade in for a honda, then heaven is your's, unless you use it to haul shellfish. I'm pretty sure it doesn't matter though, because purely on the basis of putting together a paragraph that contains both honda and milk, you're probably going to go to hell. Since I did the same, I guess I'll see you there.

Now of course, that is based on my interpretation of the bible, which I tried to read once during a particularly boring wedding, so I could have some of the details wrong. However, it should be said that it was a long and boring wedding.

10:47 AM  
Blogger marybishop said...

Good lord, this was a funny exchange....still laughing.., I follow laurenbove..she follows doc nos so I guess we are family...

I am so glad I'm going to heaven...had to be a reason I paid that much for a used car.

7:31 PM  
Blogger marybishop said...

laurenbove...this was funny "Hi Doc: What's up? (weak laugh once the nearly unintended pun is discovered)"

I like your style, laurenbove...clever! Thanks for visiting my site.

Doc Nos...I like your style too and look forward to reading your blog.

I think you ARE a theologian..just don't know who your god is yet.

My personal lord and savior is God-awful. I have found more tangible proof of God-awful than any other god so that's who I'm sticking with.

I am also studying God-damn..I think I like him too.

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