My perfect car, hands down, is the one I used to have. A green Subaru station wagon with all the right bumper stickers – Share More – Consume Less, Don’t Postpone Joy, Teach Peace, Impeach Bush – ah, it was perfect. We were new to the area when we bought it, so we had no idea that a green Subaru station wagon, adorned with just the right bumper stickers was actually THE OFFICIAL CAR of “The Happy Valley” of Western Massachusetts. I figured that out pretty quickly when the only way I could pick my car out of the green Subaru line-up in the co-op parking lot was by differentiating my leftie bumper stickers from all the other leftie bumper stickers.
So there I was, happy as a pig at a vegetarian convention, with my green Subaru station wagon – secure in the knowledge that my all-wheel drive wouldn’t fail me – even through the snow, sleet and black ice, otherwise known as spring in New England. But no amount of all-wheel drive can save you from an inattentive driver plowing his truck into you from behind (maybe he was busy reading my bumper stickers) while you’re stopped behind a school bus. Before I knew what hit me (actually, I knew what hit me . . . I watched it happen through the rear-view mirror), my Subaru was under the school bus, just below where it says, KEEP BACK ONE HUNDRED FEET! I tried, I thought. I really, really tried.
I was shocked, but unhurt and I remember thinking, if they would just get this pesky bus off of my car, I could go home! Well, needless to say, that car was soon replaced by what I now drive – a blue Volvo station wagon. It’s not nearly as cool as the Subaru; doesn’t get particularly great gas mileage (but that’s offset by St. John’s Volkswagen Beetle which gets 40 mpg AND runs on bio-diesel); but I do believe it is THE OFFICIAL CAR of Connecticut soccer moms! And I am secure in the knowledge that I am now driving a nearly indestructible tank – no bumper stickers allowed!
* Farewell, My Subaru is the title of Doug Fine’s latest book. I’ve yet to read it, but it’s definitely on my list as it sounds like a pretty funny memoir of a guy who’s trying to reduce his carbon footprint by seriously reducing his use of fossil fuels. Great idea, great website and I just couldn’t resist borrowing his title!