Random observations and thoughts from the drive from New York City to Cleveland:
- There are these signs along Interstate 80 in northern New Jersey that read, “UPGRADE – MAINTAIN SPEED.” They come just before each hill, and I thought they very nicely captured what it’s like to be a computer user.
- Peppered along the Pennsylvania stretch of I80 (all six hours of it), there are signs that read, “BUCKLE UP – NEXT MILLION MILES.” My first thought was, As compared to what reference point?
- In the middle of Pennsylvania, we discovered that hunting season is underway. There were a lot of cars pulled off to the side of the interstate, and we saw quite a few men wearing faded camoflauge and bright orange vests, which seemed like the ultimate in contradictory clothing choices. Later on, we saw a truck with a deer carcass lashed to a platform extended from the back bumper, right underneath the rear window and its stickered slogan: “Life’s a bitch – then you die.”
- I’ve decided that if you’re a civilian and driving a Hummer, you’re basically piloting a giant self-propelled declaration of just how big a jerk you really are. (I considered words other than “jerk” but this is, at least most of the time, a family site.) As a civilian, you have no reason to own one, and even less reason to have it on the road. That goes double for the H2, frankly.
- On a very related note, I spotted a bumper sticker that said, “Supprt OPEC: Buy an SUV.” No kidding! I can’t tell you how pleased I was to learn that Saturn plans to introduce a gas/electric hybrid next year.