Not only am I still receiving a ton of grief for trading in my SS Camaro for a mini van, my husband is getting an earful too. The ironic thing about this message he received from a long-time college friend is that this friend also had an SS Camaro that he had to give up, but for completely different reasons...
Email excerpt from Alex to Mark:
"Before I go into an update on me, I have to first observe a moment of silence............................................for the death of yet another male, another friend, to the dreaded incurable minivan disease!!!!!!!!!! WTF! A slight digression first....2 years with the all-consuming power of the SS and you only had 2,035 miles on it?? I literally think I have ridden my bike more than that in the last 2 years!
Ah well, it is now too late to enjoy weekend cruises around the picturesque Minnesota landscapes in the SS, feeling empowered and masculine with each gear change and ensuing rumble at your feet. But, the ultimate stab in the back, the real crusher, the blow from which there is no known recovery is the move to a......MINIVAN. I....am.....speechless. You have succumbed to the age-old justification for domesticity.....it is easier for our kid to 'xyz'.
This is the justification to which untold millions of males have been subject to in the never-ending quest to maintain domestic tranquility....rather than go for the manageable SUV and some semblance of masculinity maintained, instead utterly breakdown to domesticity and the 12 month fleeting truth of 'ease of entry' and end up at MINIVAN land. Oh the humanity!!!
Ok, well that being said,I hope it brings you happiness, the land of smooth rides, space, increased gas mileage, t.v.'s, power doors, and ease of entry. Did you say, by the way, that 'they are really nice'? I must have misread!
Of course, all this from one who transitioned from the Camaro to a Cruze (for all together different uncontrollable reasons of course), and now finds himself wholly addicted to getting 40+ mpg on the highway. Que sera, sera."
When will the madness end? I think the reason people are so worked up and continue to be about our transition is not the fact that we now own a mini van, it is that we came from the land of 400 horsepower. If we had gone from a regular car or even an SUV, I don't think we would have gotten nearly as much grief.
It's done, people. Get over it. Mark still has his mid-life crisis to go through... I'm sure another cool car will be in our future.
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