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December 1st, 2006

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08:42 am

You know, when it takes me $50 or more a week to fill my gas tank, or when I get dirty looks from blissfully self-content hybrid drivers, yeah, I have my doubts about owning a Big Giant SUV. But then a day like this happens and I make it from home to work without so much as a fishtail, and you know what? I rethink my position and realize that four wheel drive is AWESOME!

I love living in a place where weather like this is a possibility.

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Date:December 1st, 2006 03:22 pm (UTC)
Ha! I think "snowpacalypse" is about the best word I've heard in a long time.

Rob and I were just talking this morning about which SUV owner we know might be willing to pick him up at the train station tonight. Because neither of our two little 4-door sedans are ideal vehicles for this weather.

Date:December 1st, 2006 04:10 pm (UTC)
Seattle had received two or so inches of snow and practically shut down for a day. I must have seen 20 to 40 cars abandoned on the highway on the way to work a few days ago. I swear, if Seattle had the kind of weather that Chicagoland is experiencing right now, that word Snowpacalypse would be taken very seriously!
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Date:December 1st, 2006 08:03 pm (UTC)

Let's do the math...

I wonder how much the "snowapacalypse" costs you?

At $50/tank and say you fill up 30 times a year, that's $1500. Now consider the number of "snowapacalypses" that occur each winter, maybe 10. So each "snowapacalypse" costs you about $150, but I'm forgetting something because you'd have to pay something even if you didn't drive a car that should go to a GA* meeting. It only costs us $25 per fill up (2000 Honda Civic), we can use that as a baseline, and halve the $150 to $75.

So the difference for you to owe a "Big Giant SUV" and commuting "without so much as a fishtail**" yestereday, was that it cost you an additional $75. I'll repeat that again. Your commute yesterday alone cost you an additional $75. Was it worth it?

*gasaholics anonymous
**I didn't have any problems yesterday or today (I bought consumer reports suggested tires that make a huge difference.)
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Date:December 1st, 2006 08:38 pm (UTC)

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