Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Smart Cars?

The place where I work posted an announcement in their newsletter this month.

It read:

"You spoke, we listened...
Team members have asked if a special parking lot can be created specifically for Hybrid and High Fuel Mileage vehicles, and we at ( huge corporation that you have absolutely heard of) think that this is a great idea.
So, this summer, we will open a special new parking lot which will be restricted to Hybrids and vehicles which meet the standards for high fuel mileage set forth by the LEEDS List". (Whatever that is.)

First of all, NOBODY asked for this.


The people I work with, almost to a man, drive big, huge, monstrous pickup trucks. The only reason they drive the size vehicles they drive is because nobody makes a pickup truck bigger than the ones they currently own, and as soon as Peterbilt comes out with a pickup truck, the parking lot where I work will be covered with them within days.

Second, the place where I work does not really provide the employees with anywhere to park anyway. The closest parking lot to the building in which I work is an eleven minute walk away, and we get ten minute breaks, and a half-hour lunch break. If you leave anything in your vehicle, you have to do without it until the end of the shift. (Which is ten hours.)

But I think it is a great idea.

I think that people who drive Hybrids and such SHOULD be segregated from the rest of the population, and not just in parking lots.

When you do the math, you will learn that you will NEVER drive a Hybrid enough to actually save any money, and more environmental damage is done building a single Hybrid than in building THREE HUMMERS. (Except that they don't build Hummers anymore, but you get the picture.)

And if you believe that they will pump one drop less oil from the ground because you bought a Hybrid, then I don't want to have to deal with you in traffic.

So, when I read that, I did what any logical, thinking, rational person would have done.

I went out and bought a pickup truck twice the size of the one I was currently driving. (A big, blue, 4-wheel drive GMC.) 

And I plan to watch the Hybrid Lot when it opens, and to pay attention to who gets out of the Idiot-mobiles that park there, so that when I see them in the plant, I will know what to expect from them, and I will know not to trust them with anything too important.


Mark said...

I drive a pick-up truck, too, but mine is a 1986 Toyota two-wheel rear drive, with only four cylinders.

I can't afford to drive one of those huge gas guzzlers on my salary. I pump half a tank of gas in it on payday, and drive on that half tank for two weeks, until the next payday. Costs me sometimes as much as 20 bucks.

BTW, My dad worked at the same huge corporation. He walked all the way to work and it was almost as fast as driving and parking in the lot far from his work station.

Mark said...

I don't have a problem with those who buy cars that use less gas. It saves money that can be used for other important needs, such as donating to the Republican National Committee, or various Tea Party coalitions.

tugboatcapn said...

Believe it or not, the 4x4 GMC gets better mileage than the Ford Ranger that it replaced.

Unless your Toyota is different than the Toyotas that I have had experience with, it is tough, for sure.

My Dad put 400,000 miles on a '78 model Toyota pickup, and it went about 7 years without ever having the trailer unhooked from it.

tugboatcapn said...

And, I don't have a problem with people buying cars that save gas either, if that's what they want to do.

What I have a problem with is the idea that they are somehow saving the World, or that they are saving anything at all by buying and driving a Hybrid.

They're not.

Hybrid cars are a scam, and if you buy one, in my opinion, your judgment is suspect.

They don't need a special parking lot, they need remedial math classes.

That's all I'm saying.

JC said...

Without freedom, you can't do anything--except what you're told to do.

I Want My Country Back

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