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Posted by Elmo P. Shagnasty on September 23, 2007, 11:25 am

So, in your little world you define yourself so heavily by the car you
drive that you define the "us" in your "us vs. them" world as being
"Prius drivers".

Do you honestly respect that just because we drive the same car, that I
(or anyone else) should wave at you???  WTF?

Posted by Onlooker on September 23, 2007, 4:13 pm

In the 1950s I drove an MGTC and a Norton motorcycle -- each
generated waves from similar vehicles. Further, when one of "us"
entered a parking lot and noticed another of "us", there was
dialog. It was part of the fun of owning and driving such
things, while mere mortals were burdened by massive steel
monsters that were anonymous and ordinary. My TC was a
statement, and hitchhikers kneeled down with their thumbs out as
I drove by...

It's a matter of recognizing a shared difference in comparison
to the average. When the Prius (the later and more recognizable
edition) reached the market, and demand so far exceeded supply,
it was inevitable that the lucky ones would wave. Some bought
the car because it was green, others because mileage would be
good, others (like me) because it was an engineering miracle -
but we all waved at each other. I even stopped once when I saw a
fellow-Prius-driver pulled over on the freeway. In the days of
the fuel-gauge craziness, he had run dry, so I took him to a gas
station and back.

Now that Toyota is making so many Prius cars that they are
offering incentives to buyers, it's inevitable that attendance
at "Prius Club" meetings has dwindled, waves are gone, and it's
just another car.

But a truly great one. A technological milestone. And my four
year old 2004 remains an example of the single best
transportation solution offered by the automobile industry today.

Whoops! Gotta go --- my son just walked in to use my Prius to
carry about 2000# of construction junk to the dump (3 trips).
With the rear hatch removed and a tarp protecting my aftermarket
leather interior, it's a pickup truck.

Posted by Elmo P. Shagnasty on September 23, 2007, 4:46 pm

Ah, another one of those freakos who played the "how many miles can I
make display on the dashboard before I fill it up again" game.

Did you ask him why he never played that game with his other cars before

It's amazing what glowing numbers on a screen will do to a person.

Posted by Mike Rosenberg on September 23, 2007, 9:19 pm

I'm embarrrassed to say that I've had just enough gas left twice to just
manage to coast into a gas station.  The first time was in my old Geo
Prizm, though.

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Posted by Elmo P. Shagnasty on September 23, 2007, 4:46 pm

You took the hatch off??

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