Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Ten Things I've Learned From Owning a Smart Car

today's post provided by the husband


10. Owning a Smart Car hasn't necessarily made me any smarter, but getting 40 miles to the gallon is very satisfying. I am happy. Does your car get that? Neener-neener-neener...

9. Everyone stares at Smart Cars and the people that are in them. Privacy is a thing of the past. So much for nosepicking in the car - good thing I drive the van a few times a week!

8. Cars ARE fun to drive. They aren't just tools. I can actually come home unstressed from the commute. Now if I could just leave the stress of work at work...

7. People stop laughing once they sit in a Smart Car. But they never stop laughing at someone who is 6'6'' standing by one.

6. People actually still wave, smile and even talk to strangers if they think you have something in common. Either there are a lot of closet Smart Car owners, or adults still collect Hot Wheels. How else could you explain how much I have in common with these people just because I have a cool little teeny-tiny car?

5. Going places now takes extra time as I have to plan to answer the same five questions each time I get in or get out of the car. However, I never have to worry about forgetting where I park in a parking lot. I can simply look for the gathered group of people staring in my car windows.

4. Drivers of big trucks, lowriders and sports cars feel that they have something to prove or are compensating for something...ummm...like gas mileage. They can't stay behind me, even if I am going 80 mph. It is simply amazing how many people have to rev up and speed past me between lights, just for me to pull up next to them. They then make themselves feel better by rolling down their window to ask me if my "car is powered by squirrels."

3. Believe it or not, women are more likely to ask about cars than men. I guess cars are chick magnets. Sorry ladies, I already found the woman of my dreams.

2. Being seen with my lovely wife in our "date car" is awesome. Woot-wooo. What a babe! (The wife, not the car.)

1. "Death trap" is much manlier sounding than "clown car."

10 comments:

trublubyu said...

i love riding with you in the date car. i'm so lucky that you let me ride in your little roller skate.

and about the getting smarter because of your car thing: impossible. you already displayed the height of smartness when you married me.

Sandi and Curtis said...

I loved comment #1 best of all. And especially trublubyu's reply!!! Great post!

uniquelynat said...

haha great post! i really like the picture of the 6'6" tall man standing beside that little thing. i was amazed at how tall you sit. taller than in my car, that on the outside seems bigger than yours, but on the inside seems smaller. weird how they can do that!

Mrs. Fish said...

so funny. jonathan and i drove a human fish bowl on wheels for awhile, too. so we know how you feel. ours was a pt cruiser (when they first came out) with an advertisement wrapped around the whole thing. we just started waving to everybody as we drove. but it is nice to know you can still drive the van around so your nose is not neglected!

That Girl said...

It's true ... I totally DO stare at Smart Cars.

Can I have a ride some day?

Heidi said...

new cars lead to other things....

cmom said...

This reminds me of when my 6'8" husband(big brother of smart car driver) used to drive an old "68 VW
bug. People could never figure out how he did it. But that $900 spent on car for over 10 years of driving was way worth it.

mom and dad said...

I agree with Heidi...I'm waiting for an announcement...it's always exciting! :)

Shauna said...

Awesome!

Tink said...

You own a Smart Car? That's great! I saw these around Europe all the time and loved them. I have a picture of me next to one 20 years ago--and to think, they are just now coming to America.