The Little Car That Wanted to Be Big

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My neighbor drives a full-size Escalade.  They have one kid, so of course this makes sense.  Ok, now they have two kids but clearly they need all this room.  I’m not really sure if they are planning for the trifecta but I’m always amazed how people think they need huge SUVs to haul two kids around.  That or they are really shitty at packing up a car. 

When we went to Vegas over Thanksgiving, we had two kids in two car seats, the yellow lab, a pack and play, two duffel bags, two other bags, food and the two yutes (that would be me and my wife) in a CX-7.  Oh, and a double stroller.  We were comfortable and the dog could lay down in the back.  Let me remind you the CX-7 is built on a MAZDA3 platform.  What’s that?  No, I didn’t win packer of the year awards unless we are talking about fudge. 

When the gas crisis hit a year ago, my neighbor went out and bought a Smart.  His wife takes the Cadillac most of the time while commuting is done in the go cart.  Twice in the last week, I’ve been outside working on the purple people eater to hear him going to work.  Twice, I said to myself, oh he’s taking the truck.  Twice I spun around to see him taking off in the Smart.  I couldn’t believe how loud it sounded.  I mean it fooled me into thinking it was a V-8 Cadillac Escalade.  It never sounds that loud going down the street.  I think the angle I’m hearing it from his driveway to mine gives it some extra oomph.  Well done little guy. Bark over bite any day is what I say.

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