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Things you just don't get

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by tiecollector, Jul 3, 2009.

  1. Douglas

    Douglas Senior member

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    Hypothetical scenario:

    You've decided to have a family, and need a large vehicle to accommodate children, and their attendant car safety seats, and the things you will often have to haul along with them, such as strollers, extra bags. Or you simply have to haul a lot of crap frequently, like lots of groceries, or homebuilding supplies, or band equipment, or extra adult passengers. Should you purchase:

    - the one with a lower floor making it easier for your children to get in and out, or the one with the higher floor so they have to jump down?
    - the one with the lower floor making for more headroom for storage, or the one with the higher floor for less space?
    - the one with easily configurable, fold-into-the-floor seating for maximum cargo vs. passenger flexibility, or the one with maybe fold-down third row bench seating that is neither comfortable nor practical?
    - the one with generally better driving/ride characteristics, or the one that typically drives more like a truck?
    - the one with generally better gas mileage, or the one with worse?
    - the one with sliding doors for easy access and cargo loading, or the one with regular fold-out doors that make passenger and cargo loading more awkward?
    - the one that carries more stuff, or the one that carries less?
    - the one that you load cargo lower, making heavy lifts easier, or the one where you have to lift the heavy loads higher?
    - the one that is generally less expensive, or the one that is generally more?

    Or are you so afraid that someone might judge you that you make the less practical of all these choices?
     
  2. ethanm

    ethanm Senior member

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    The fundamental problem with minivans is that they are good for children. What's good for children is annoying for everyone else.
     
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  3. Find Finn

    Find Finn Senior member

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    I never had that happen.
     
  4. Harold falcon

    Harold falcon Senior member

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    You're describing practicality, not awesomeness. I do not dispute minivans are practical, simply that they are not awesome.
     
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  5. indesertum

    indesertum Senior member

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    i just get my chauffeur to do that for me
     
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  6. MrG

    MrG Senior member

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    I have to mostly take Douglas' side here. You really can't beat a minivan when you have kids. All of the missus' friends love theirs. Now that we have multiple chirrens, I'm 90% certain we'll buy one in the next six months.

    Though, to be fair, I've made it clear to MrsG that I'll not be driving the minivan. I'll be daily-driving the Jeep instead until it's time for me to get a car I like. I'm not completely immune to their utter lack of coolness. :laugh:
     
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  7. Thomas

    Thomas Senior member

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    You know what else is practical?

    Clip-on ties
    Vinyl floors
    Wearing your napkin tied around your neck (like Curly Howard)
     
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  8. MrG

    MrG Senior member

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    Are you saying four practical items in my life is too many?
     
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  9. Thomas

    Thomas Senior member

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    Even accountants and gov'ment functionaries shoild cut loose once in a while
     
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  10. MrG

    MrG Senior member

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    Sometimes, on Fridays, I roll up my sleeves.

    :blush:
     
  11. Thomas

    Thomas Senior member

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    :worship:

    Anyway, how is it that Rolling Stone can publish a top 100 country songs list. :puzzled:
     
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  12. MrG

    MrG Senior member

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    I hadn't seen that until you mentioned it, but, holy shit, it's every bit as bad as I would have expected it to be. It's completely superficial. I mean, their #1 song isn't even Cash's best song. It's woefully lacking in important artists (is"Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys" really the only Waylon song on the list?), and includes people who have no business on the list, especially given who they omitted (Taylor Swift in the top 25? Carrie Underwood and Eric Church on there at all?).

    I will give them credit for working some interesting picks in there (like "Blue Yodel #1" and "Old Hippie"), but overall it reads like the work of someone who is trying to show people at the bar that they know a lot of country songs.
     
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  13. L'Incandescent

    L'Incandescent Senior member

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    Those buns-heads didn't even put Ray Stevens anywhere on their list I mean gimme a break.

    Also, "Pay No Attention to Alice" by Tom T. Hall should have been on there. And Juice Newton needs to be higher than 92 straight up.
     
  14. Harold falcon

    Harold falcon Senior member

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    I would like to see Rolling Stone put together a list of the 100 best Polka songs.
     
  15. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Rolling Stone magazine still exists? :confused:
     
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    You're really living a very sheltered life..:)
     
  17. Find Finn

    Find Finn Senior member

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  18. zarathustra

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    I will prolly eat my words, but I do not foresee the day where a mini-van is owned by my family. My old man instilled a great sense of pride concerning car ownership... the man never owned a sedan. Always a coupe, even with two kids. The fact that I had to cave in to the SO on the current sedan (at least its a 5 door) damn near killed me. A mini-van is a bridge too far...

    Also, my next door neighbors have 5 girls ranging from say now 2 to 12. Dad has a jeep and Mom drives a Nissan Armondo.
     
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  19. erictheobscure

    erictheobscure Senior member

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    ^ that's all very nice, but did you take a dump in a trash can yesterday?
     
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  20. MrG

    MrG Senior member

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    I said the same thing, Z. Thing is, there's just not another vehicle that works as well for multi-kid families. Our little SUV has been great with one, but we "need" something bigger with two. The ginormous SUVs are the only other real option, but they still aren't as good for what we need as the minivan would be.
     

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