Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Central Oregon

Ever since I moved to Central Oregon (the term Central Oregon is inescapable here) I have noticed the preponderance of jacked up pick-up trucks. It is really amazing how many people have bought trucks and then spent thousands of dollars on aftermarket tires, wheels, shocks, and detail packages. It actually pisses me off because gas is really expensive in Bend and tons of people are making their gas guzzling trucks even less fuel efficient. If the money they spent on the extra gas they have to buy was combined with what they spent on raising the trucks in the first place and instead spent on something more community/environmentally friendly the results could be quite staggering. Very few of these trucks goes offroad or actually makes use of the increased clearance. It is really just a social statement. I've never seen so many people trying to identify themselves with a particular region in such a way. After just a few years here, a typically normal person seems to become infected with the need to jack their truck up. I hope I'm immune.

4 comments:

Rachel said...

I'm convinced there's something in it about feelings of inadequacy, but those are just my thoughts. Funny thing was, I expressed this (low self-esteem because he doesn't have a girlfriend or something like that) to the boys I nannied for, and then one time I was giving their mom a ride and we were all in my car and they saw a jacked-up truck and one of them said something like, hmm, I wonder what HE'S trying to make up for. It was horribly embarrassing. :)

kungfuramone said...

I suspect that you're immune, dude.

mynameisponcho said...

Sorry dude, but don't you have one of those gas guzzling 4x4 pick up thingy's?!

Matto said...

I have succumbed to the desire to buy a pickup. Fortunately I have yet to have any desire to jack it up and put a gun rack in it. I tell myself that the pickup its my lifestyle, with all the moving. I suppose that is what the people driving the ten foot tall monster trucks say too.