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Tuesday, January 16, 2024

The crazy love affair with trucks

      On a recent trip to Dallas, Texas I couldn't help but notice how almost everyone on the freeways I drove had a truck, often a heavy-duty truck.  In my compact rental car, I felt like a bug in a forest of predators. 

   While we can see much the same thing in our parking lots in Howard County, you have to travel out West to Republican states to see how vehicles have become a way to protest the "wokism" of the more liberal states.  You won't see any of the small Toyota pickup trucks of the 1990s.

Toyota has gone the way of the other truck manufacturers with their large trucks these days.

     While the electrification of the modern truck might mitigate the gas-guzzling truck they unfortunately create another problem with their dangerous increased acceleration that will lead to more crashes and speeding with these large vehicles.
     You can't discuss the trend with trucks without discussing how the masculinity of many men is tied up with the type of vehicle they drive.  What man would be seen driving a compact car or a minivan?  It may have started with the Hummer which is nothing more than a commercial design of a military vehicle. It now takes the form of the new electric truck that Tesla is soon to roll out that looks more like a tank without a turret than a truck.

Tuesday, January 9, 2024

The blizzard we will miss today

     In 1978 we had a 26-inch snowfall and 20-mile-an-hour winds.  We had just moved to Columbia 6 months before.  We might thank global warming or something else for the reality that today's 2-3 inch snowfall and 30-mile-an-hour winds won't again give us a picture like the one above.  Here's to a snow-less 2024.

Friday, January 5, 2024