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You are what you drive

William Falk, editor-in-chief of The Week, wrote an amusing editorial piece in the May 7th issue (which I am just getting around to reading now...)

"In America, your wheels reveal who you are. Auto writer Dan Neil of the Los Angeles Times recently won a Pulitzer Prize for essays that put an exclamation point on that truism... Industrial psychologists working for the auto industry, for example, have found that van drivers tend to be community-oriented, unpretentious, and pragmatic. SUV drivers, on the other hand, are individualistic strivers who literally prefer to look down on others. Blue-collor Republicans bang around in pickups. Self-satisfied corporate executives ride in trophies made by BMW and Lexus. Susan Sarandon Democracts hug the earth in Volvos, Hondas, and Subarus."

I think this has the potential for a fun little meme. You list the kind of car you drive, and what it says about your personality. Of course, some little details and other variations need to be added, to allow for entries such as:

Car make and model: Honda Odyssey Pimp Daddy Van (tm)
Resulting personality: Community-oriented, unpretentious, pragmatic, Democratic PIMP-DADDY.


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May. 7th, 2004 08:11 am (UTC)
Car make: Honda Civic Slut-Mobile, aka Susie
Resulting personality: Earth-hudding, democratic-voting, libretarian-minded slut on the go.

Hee! I like this meme!
May. 7th, 2004 08:11 am (UTC)

I'm not sure if I'v ever hudded the earth, or not.
May. 7th, 2004 08:13 am (UTC)
Re: hugging!
"OK, dirt, you run screen... rocks, go long... weeds, cover me... ready, BREAK!"
May. 7th, 2004 08:15 am (UTC)
Re: hugging!

Can't I just cheerlead?! I'll wear one of those lil skirts.
May. 7th, 2004 08:15 am (UTC)
Re: hugging!
With no panties and we have us a deal.

May. 7th, 2004 08:18 am (UTC)
Re: hugging!
Oh, hello! Of course I wouldn't wear panties with that lil skirt!

*practices jumping around*
May. 7th, 2004 08:14 am (UTC)
hehe, cute...

91 Volkswagon Fox Wagon, Grateful Dead Sticker on the back window, hatch back filled with translation equipment, chart pack and easel on any given day.

It means I work to damn much, and yes... democratic, motherly, community agitator, with a hippy streak and limited funds.
May. 7th, 2004 08:17 am (UTC)
Car make and model: Blue Mazda RX-8 (now dead)
Resulting personality: I don't know. Sexy corporate Log Cabin-esque Republican?

I saw Dennis Miller interview Dan Neil on his CNBC show. He's kind of a pompous ass. But then, if I had a Pulitzer, I would be too.
May. 7th, 2004 08:18 am (UTC)
I agree that cars, being one of the most expensive items most people own and thus a purchase that often involves considerable thought, reflect their owner (just like homes, pets, etc. do). But my car choice doesn't mean what they think it does, since I am not even close to an earth-hugging Democrat. Although I would, um... "hug" Susan Sarandon.
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May. 7th, 2004 08:45 am (UTC)

regyt's profile:

Car make and model: Self-powered biomechnaical propulsion
Personality: Fiercely independent, trend-breaking, kick-ass and take no prisoners outlook on life, yet achingly adorable in one package
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May. 7th, 2004 08:51 am (UTC)
*a smile and a wink*
May. 7th, 2004 08:47 am (UTC)
Car make and model: 88 Ford Festiva
aka Little Clown Car, aka The Dead Lady Car, aka Pregnant Roller Skate

Resulting personality: Insane, messy, free spirit who's too poor to get a car any other way than for free from some cool old activist lady that she never knew.
May. 7th, 2004 08:50 am (UTC)
Well, hopefully that free spirit will make its way to the Upper West Side soon! (hint hint)
May. 7th, 2004 09:46 am (UTC)
I'm in town this weekend, but unsure what my schedule is going to be like...do you have free time and my cell phone #? :)
May. 7th, 2004 10:51 am (UTC)
I don't have your phone number (or your e-mail addy, for some strange reason...)

I think my major amount of free time will be tonight.
May. 7th, 2004 10:34 am (UTC)
2004 Dodge Caravan-
Practicing prevert, maxed-out soccer mom, with a twist of full time student, and a splash of back-seat-action girl :)
May. 7th, 2004 10:36 am (UTC)
According to a recent German car owner's magazine, BMW drivers have sex an average of 2.4 times a week, while Porche drivers have sex an average of 1.6 times a week...
May. 7th, 2004 11:09 am (UTC)
I have a 2001 PT Cruiser. I have no clue what that says about me 'cause I didnt read the article *snickers*
May. 7th, 2004 12:06 pm (UTC)
2001 Daewoo Nubira - cheap
May. 7th, 2004 05:27 pm (UTC)
Metallic Silver 2001 Saturn L-200, which I think says practical, easy to un-dent when abused, with some diamond in the rough qualities (like helping meristem survive a high speed accident).

The other car is a Black Saturn Ion 3, with leather seats, a sunroof, and a 6 CD changer. Not sure what it says, though meristem's only put 6,000 miles on it in over 15 months!
May. 7th, 2004 11:31 pm (UTC)
this must explain why so many New Yorkers are mysterious. Few of us have cars.
May. 10th, 2004 05:02 pm (UTC)
plethora of personality
3 vehicles I do own. No, I don't live in an urban metropolis. Yes, one would do, but I have the room (just barely) and the funds (just barely) for all:

Primary Drive: 1997 Olds Cutlass, white with beige interior. Got it super-cheap through boyfriend's commection at a local dealership.
What it says: Boring. A little too boring. My camouflage to make the norms think I might actually fit into their short-horizoned little world. And That I'm frugal. 'cause I got it way cheap, so I didn't care what it was.

Second Vehicle: 1982 GMC Conversion Van. white with tan and brown 80's geometric paint job. Interior brown carpet which had faded to pot-green in spots. "2001 National Parks" membership sticker, "Carhenge, Nebraska" bumper sticker, and homebuilt interior customized for camping. Random bits of playa dust ground into carpet.
What it says: Overly sentimental, continent-rambling HIPPIE who can't let go of her traveling vehicle, even though it now only serves to haul stuff back from Home Desperate.

3rd vehicle: 1981 Honda CB 650 Custom street motorcycle.
What it says: Bitchin' biker chick, but not one of those ubitquitous Harley "nonconformists."

Sum total: Hmmm...I guess I'm a contradiction?
May. 10th, 2004 05:53 pm (UTC)
Re: plethora of personality
But, Tanya love... we knew that already. Tell me something new. :-) *kiss*

Congrats on your growing family... and for providing me with the shock of the month. I think you even trumped my promotion.

*hugs* (and big wishes I could do that in person.)
May. 11th, 2004 03:09 am (UTC)
The car I owned (which blew up in Oregon) was a '97 Geo Prizm.

The car I want is a Toyota Prius.

You tell me what all that means. :)
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