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October 04, 2006

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Jess Q.

I know you wrote this almost exactly two years ago, but I loved reading this and I thought you should know. It really made me chuckle. I live in Phoenix, Arizona, and the SUV drivers are in full force here, though the terrain is absolutely flat until you go north, and the roads are the most pristine and pothole free that I've ever seen in any state or country I've visited. Sigh. Such a waste. And so, my boyfriend and I now own a 2003, new-to-us Mini.

While I think both your lists are a little stereotypical, they're also what I think both SUV and Mini drivers aim for, respectively. Although, you forgot to mention Starbucks. (And depending on how you feel about Starbucks, they could be on either the SUV or Mini owner's list.)

Unfortunately, I'm a "corpulent" Mini owner, who only dreams of having the space in my cluttered house to do yoga (which I do like), and who wishes she had enough money to eat sushi all the time. (Alas, I am but a poor college student.) I also own a PC, although I'm making the switch to Apple as soon as my bank account permits it.

But I absolutely *wish* I was the type of person who you say drives a Mini, and that's what I strive to be. I just have to wait patiently for my weight to drop off (5 pounds down, 95 to go), and I'll be that much closer to the ideal lithe hipster you speak of. Until then, I guess I break the stereotype. In a very lame way.

jeffrey McMahon

You're spot-on about the stereotype. It seems stereotypes are grossly over simplistic and highly inaccurate on one hand but on the other hand they do capture some essential feature that people either are or that something they aspire to be.

I drive a Maxima.

Paul

Where does that put somebody with a 9 year old Honda Accord? :)

jeffrey McMahon

Someone who drives a nine-year-old Accord is prudent and shuns the ostentatious and tawdry consumer trappings of our modern age.

Ed

Get with it, McMahon. You know the latest and the greatest is my smartcar. Makes the mini look like an SUV.

jeffrey McMahon

Indeed, the Mini is obsolete in the face of newer smart cars.

Ed

Nothing mysterious about us; we smartcar drivers are wacky attention whores, pure and simple. If we were around in 1957, we would have bought an Edsel.

jeffrey McMahon

I'm sure the appeal of the SmartCAr is more than attention.

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