Monday, September 17, 2007

ode to an explorer

Okay, I know its not eco-friendly. And I realize it maybe the symbol of the western/suburban/middle-class culture that many of the books I read like to rant against.


I love my SUV.

I mean that. And not in the "I love pizza" or "I love the Bears" sort of way. I love it in the "I love my wife" sort of way. Seriously.

No. I am, of course, kidding. But I do love it.

Back in March, Betsy got in an accident and totaled her car. It was unimaginably scary, but outside of the expected soreness, she was completely, and thankfully, unharmed.

The insurance company gave us a check for the totaled vehicle and with it, we purchased a used Ford Explorer. And...I think I have said, "I love this car" every day since.

Let me explain. Because it has nothing to do with the color or the comfort of the car. It has nothing to do with the way I feel while driving it or the status I think it gives me.

No. I love that car because sometimes in life you need to transport 8 music stands, 40 5-gallon water jugs and an entire sound system all in a 2 hour window (as I did this past Friday). And sometimes...especially when you have the words 'creative-arts' in your job have to do things of this sort multiple times a week.

I can't tell you how many times in the last decade that I have played my own little game of Tetris trying to load music equipment in the back-seat of a 4 door sedan. I can't tell you how many times I have had to borrow cars or coordinate trips with multiple vehicles (or multiple trips with one vehicle). All I can really tell you is that I love my SUV. I may have already beaten up the interior a little, but I love it. It is a dang work-horse...and a dang blessing.

So, call me a yuppie. Or look down on me because global warming is all my fault. Whatever. I don't care. I love my SUV.


michaelCODY said...

haha. New cars rock. I always wondered if maybe you tried to hot-rod my Rav that one night I let you use it. Maybe I would had enjoyed it more if it were a V8 and hadn't gotten vandalized.

greg said...

Bill, you really need to reduce your carbon footprint. Sinner.

Betsy said...

I would just like to clarify (even though he doesn't deserve it since he loves his car as much as me)...we only use the car on days that he has to lug his equipment across town...just in case those who stumble across this blog think we hate the earth...

bill said...

yes. i heart the earth.

hmm, i never realized this before...the only difference between the word "heart" and the word "earth" is the placement of the "h".

the difference between an actual heart and the actual earth probably depends on the height of the person, though. unless you are buried alive...then it depends on the thickness of the wood used to make your coffin.

just a little food for thought.

jason said...

I'm really glad to read this post. I've actually secretly despised you because you drive a V8 Explorer. I'm pretty good at burying my hate. But this really sheds a whole new light on things for me. I finally feel like I can talk to you without grinding the teeth in the back of my mouth and showing off a fake grin.

And I'm glad Betsy was okay.

Please don't take me seriously. Except for the part about being glad she was okay.

x-ray chick said...

But you USE your SUV unlike the millions of folks whose biggest load is groceries...
Nothing like a big car to haul stuff.. and its way better than a van!

Going Weston said...

Dude, Don't worry about those hippies telling you save the planet. They got all pissed when I switched from regular unleaded to a mixture of premium, baby tree trunks, and animal furs. It's a bit more expensive, but you should hear my baby purrr.

Just pop the explorer into 4 wheel drive and level those unbelievers. They don't deserve to sit up as high as us.

bill said...

amen, jacob. amen.

ragamuffinminister said...

I love my baby seal coated interior of my own SUV. It's so smooth. :)

I'm right with you on the SUV man. I mean, if it's ACTUAlLY used, then go at it. My Rodeo has lasted 185,000 miles. Many of which carted sound systems, luggage for youth trips, and dead bodies from...other trips.

Needless to say...very used.

dburn said...

have you ever considered an El Camino...i think of them like a mullet on a up front but a truck in the back...anyways i bet they can haul alot of stuff

Anonymous said...

el. camino.
el. el. camino.
el. camino.
el. el. camino.

the front is like a car.
the back is like a truck.
the front is where you drive.
the back is where you el. camino.
el. el. camino.

Kevin said...


What Would Jesus Drive?

Thoughts? Discussion?

Anonymous said...

I think it's hilarious when rich people drive a Prius back to their 4000 square foot air conditioned mansion. Kind of cancels out...

bill said...

who is the anonymous commenter who commented that song?

is that a real song?? that is hilarious!