Supersized

Lately, there has been a lot of talk about how our area has gone from being quietly rural to being “supersized.”  I try to stay out of the fray, since I am a new resident; however, let me set the record straight.  I didn’t build a McMansion, nor did I a purchase a new townhouse.  Nope, we bought a 30-year-old fixerupper colonial.  I’m not asking for sidewalks or streetlights.  I try to combine my errands to reduce trips and save on gasoline.  SuperDad gardens and I’m a recycling geek.  I’m also conservative, knowing that most “facts”–on both sides of the environmental spectrum–are doctored to suit the delivery, whether playing for the audience or taking part in an argument, and many “facts” are then repeated by the general population as “truth.”   

That said, I find humor in certain situations.  Like a few days ago, we walked by a big ol’ SUV…with a bumper sticker decrying the supersizing of our local land.  This same big ol’ SUV had another bumper sticker, proclaiming allegiance for a 2008 presidential bid by a certain environmental guru (although to the best of my knowledge, he isn’t running for President).    Oh, and this big ol’ SUV…is owned by a family of 4. 

Now I might be pointing out a splinter when I’ve got a plank…but I’m gonna take my chances here…

If you are concerned about the environment, don’t drive a big rig when your family fits into a smaller one.   If you can afford it, buy one of the new hybrid vehicles that doesn’t gobble fossil fuels. 

 And yes, if you are really hungry, go ahead and buy some fries to go with your burger…but do you truly need the “Supersize” option? 


Edit update:  Obviously, if you have a big family, a compact car doesn’t make the cut as the family vehicle, and being the family car doesn’t mean that the rest of the family is always in it.  I spend time alone in my family vehicle, too. 
And yes, I recognize that some folks around here have horses and need a vehicle with the horsepower to move those horses, while other folks need those big rigs for work purposes.
 
So I’m not talking about seeing only one or two people in a big ol’ SUV…. I’m talking about smaller families who choose big vehicles as a “statement”…and THEN complain about global warming, the Supersizing of their locale, and the lack of Al Gore in the White House. Yep, that’s what I’m talkin’ about.    

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3 responses to “Supersized

  1. You have struck a chord with me! My family of 6 is able to function quite nicely in a Toyota Sienna–now it’s not a Prius, but it’s also not a Yukon Denali or Ford Expidition–and we need the seats.

    In my suburban neighborhood no one needs to tow horses. And they certainly don’t need 2 gas-guzzling behemoths for a family of four. Don’t even get me started on the Hummers! It’s enough to turn me into an eco-terrorist!

  2. Jenn, I’m a minivan mom, so I’m there with you. Bonus: If you fold down or remove the seats, the minivan becomes quite the hauling machine!
    SuperDad admires those Prius-types but they are awfully expensive, so he drives a smaller car for his commute to the train station.

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