Monday, May 19, 2008


Okay, they're smart. But they're also really, really cute.

Green, gas-saving, cheap to buy and drive, all those things.

That's not the problem. The problem is all the yahoos out there driving half-ton trucks with one hand while they yap on their cell phones who won't even see you till they've run you down. Motorcyclists have the same problem.

It's only when they either make separate lanes for cyclists and small cars away from the huge SUVs and trucks, or when the tides of traffic change to be more tiny and fewer huge, will it really feel "smart" to be in the smallest thing on the road.



Blogger From the Doghouse said...

Except that the SUV-driving, cell phone-yapping soccer moms will still veer into your small car lane, because they're not paying attention and/or don't think the rules apply to them.

8:18 AM  
Blogger The Topiary Cow said...

Oh dear.

(Cow searching Internet for rubber-guard-rails which will withstand soccer moms)


8:35 AM  
Blogger Sandi said...

If such a lane existed and could be enforced, I'd go to the car lot tomorrow and get the tiniest thing they sold.

11:23 AM  
Blogger HEATHER said...

Yeah, but you know what, they still don't get any better gas mileage than my hubby's Saturn Ion.

1:31 PM  
Blogger Kevin Musgrove said...

A friend of mine lives near to the main dealership in Manchester. There is nothing more unnerving than walking past a line of fifty Smart cars at three in the morning. They look like nothing so much as particularly malevolent Pokemon characters with their bug eyes and sinister grins.

1:40 PM  
Blogger Gorilla Bananas said...

They look like toys! I wonder if they're more fuel efficient than elephants.

2:14 PM  
Blogger Kevin Musgrove said...

Almost certainly. Unless the elephants have streamlining spoilers.

2:22 PM  
Blogger Ultra Toast Mosha God said...


I agree. All these people moaning about gas prices in the states who drive SUV's just for pleasure should buy them.

2:24 PM  
Blogger The Topiary Cow said...

Cow is with you. Perhaps we should start a petition to allow them on bike paths?

Heather: Cow is impressed with this Saturn Ion. To have travelled from a far planet and still have good mileage, must be incredible!

Kevin: Begs the question...and what were you doing walking past those cars at 3 am? And under what influence did they look like Pokemon? Do tell. Do, indeed, tell.

GB: What exactly is the mpg of elephants? And Cow shudders to think of their carbon footprint...

Ultra: Indeed. SUVs have us prisoners of fear. Till they are wiped from the face of the earth, their five-foot tires and 12-foot rooflines frighten all drivers to remain in larger-than-minimal cars.


2:40 PM  
Blogger Kevin Musgrove said...

It's a rough part of Manchester where taxis fear to tread. It's currently being yuppified; my friends have had to put a notice in the front window:
"Bohemian intellectuals
Do not compulsory purchase"

I was under the influence of balsamic vinegar.

3:04 PM  
Blogger The Topiary Cow said...

Kevin's insights into life in Helminthdale leave Cow intrigued, yet somehow compulsorily bemused.


3:32 PM  
Blogger Baba Doodlius said...

A human friend of mine has a Honda Insight that gets 55 MPG. That's the next best thing to having your own set of non-gas-fueled wings.

3:37 PM  
Blogger Watercolor said...

I know. They really are cute!! But I also figure I'd get run over by a soccer mom in her Hummer talking on her phone and putting on lipstick ans she ran a red light and swatted at her kids and she'd never notice the bump as she did...

7:34 PM  
Blogger Photog-Mama said...

Wow! Those are cute!

6:41 AM  
Blogger The Topiary Cow said...

Since nobody walks anywhere anymore they should just let small cars use the sidewalks.

Oh. Wait. They kind of stopped building sidewalks too...


1:57 PM  
Blogger Photog-Mama said...

I've never really noticed that...but you are right on the not buildling of sidewalks anymore.

2:18 PM  

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