The view from the other
Recently, on Mike's
Jeep News, A link was posted to a website out of Delaware called, delawareonline.com referring
to a rather pissy article by someone named Holly Norton.
She is apparently upset that since she
drives a Toyota RAV4 that Jeep owners do not wave to her. Here is the article,
reprinted without permission, but Ms. Norton is given her due credit for
it. (what little she deserves)
My comments in Green
Revving up for Jeep nerd smackdown
Nobody likes to be left out. Yes, I realize there are people in this world who like to be independent and
free thinking and all things liberal. I'm one of those people. Yeah, the following displays a ton of free
thinking. But when there's a joke and I don't get it, I'm annoyed. The only thing worse
than a joke I don't get is an inside joke that doesn't include me. Inside jokes, hand signals, secret languages -- if I'm not in, I'm not
down. And what do I do when I'm excluded? I do what every other mature adult on the
planet does. I mock. Of course you do.
Typical non-Jeep driver. So, allow me to begin with a hand signal on the road that I have always been
excluded from: The Jeep Wave.
Let's see... No Jeep, no wave. Pretty simple, don't you
think? The first time I experienced The Jeep Wave, I was in my old Oldsmobile waving
happily to what I thought was a new friend on the road. Seconds later I realized he was waving at the Jeep in front of me.
Brighter than I thought, this
one. It was my first experience with wave discrimination.
You discriminated against yourself
by buying an Olds. Who do these Jeep people think they are anyway?
People who are being civil and
courteous to each other. Unlike yourself.
Enter Kelly Housen, reporter for Spark and snotty Jeep driver.
Oh, snotty. I see how this is going to be. Who do we think we are? We think that we are fantastic people who have a
car that looks cool, has a top that can go down and can drive over things. A
blizzard will never keep us inside, and we never have to stock up on bread and
milk because unlike everyone else, our cars can drive in the blizzard. We like
to acknowledge that we can drive over your pissy little Saturns and wanna-be
SUVs. Hey Holly, does that spanking new SUV of yours have four-wheel drive?
Ouch. Right for the jugular. I see that once the mitts come off your
spastically waving hands, you Jeep drivers really aren't that friendly after
all. Still, we never really uncovered anything here. I'm wondering if I were to
wave to you from my new sweet-ass Toyota Rav4, would you wave back? Possibly, if such a thing as a
sweet-ass RAV4 actually existed. Note how the previous question is not
Yes, I certainly would wave back. We Jeep folk are a friendly people, and,
Holly, we're friends. But if it wasn't you and just a random driver waving at
me, a few things would go through my mind. Do you have a Jeep, but happen to be
driving another car and are waving out of habit? Do you think I am someone else?
Should I remember this strange person that's waving to me? I find that the best
course of action in all of those situations is to wave back.
Fine. But what you're saying is that you'd never initiate the wave to
non-Jeep drivers. The
ultimate self-answering question.
"The Wave" is only for Jeeps. I will initiate a wave if I see friends or
family driving, maybe even accompanied by a small toot of the horn. But I
will not wave at a stranger unless they are in a Jeep. Jeep people will back me
up on this.
Ugh. Somehow I still feel like I'm being taunted. Take it anyway you prefer.
Are you one of those seizure-inducing Jeep wavers who owns all that "Life
is Good" Jeep paraphernalia. The Jeep hat? The tire cover with the smiley face?
Do you subscribe to JPFreek magazine? (It exists. Nerds.)
Does it really bother you that
much that no-one cares enough to publish a RAV4 magazine? Whiny
Nope. But I do have really cool pictures of my Jeep going up a big hill in
the woods and with water up to the hood. It looks tough.
Looks can be deceiving, Little Miss
"When-Harry-Met-Sally"-Is-My-Favorite-Movie-Of-All-Time. And let's get back to
your smackdown on my dear departed Saturn (bless her little heart) and my new
sweet-ass sounds like she's trying to convince
herself Toyota Rav4. For the record, I drove my Saturn home from
work in the middle of the Blizzard of 2003 where we saw less than 20 inches of
snow over President's Day weekend,
How much less, 19 inches? and she handled just
fine. Uh huh, 20 inches.
that's higher than your Saturn's hood. Plowed roads don't count,
No doubt 20 inches will be chump change to the Rav4.
As long as the road is plowed,
And did you know that the definition of the Jeep Wave includes a phrase that
reads: "an honor bestowed upon those drivers with the superior intelligence,
taste, class, and discomfort tolerance to own the ultimate vehicle - the
Riding in the Rav4 Sport is like butter. Butter I say!
That'll happen in a vehicle about as tough as a
stick of butter, too.
Butter? Sounds more like sour grapes to me. I will say that I enjoyed my
ride in the Rav4. But that's nothing compared to driving on the beach (that's
on, not at) in a Jeep with the salty wind blowing in your hair and the sun
shining on your face. So what if I zip my windows up and down. You have my
number if you need me to pull you out of the snow this winter.
And besides, I am a driver with superior intelligence, taste and class. My
choice of favorite movie, and my choice of vehicle, reflect that.
And thus my conclusion that not only are Jeep drivers snotty, they are also
Here is a classic example
of that well-known malady, Jeep envy. It normally manifests itself in persons
not bright enough to own the first, and still best 4WD on the planet. Ms.Norton
is miffed that people in Jeeps don't wave to her. There is a reason for this,
you whiny wench. In 1946, when Toyota did not exist, and Japan was mostly a
smoking hole in the dirt, the direct predecessor of the Wrangler (
Military Jeep) was there transporting victorious US troops. When those troops
got home they wanted the vehicle they drove during the war. and for over 60 years,
Jeep has continued to be built, modified, and driven. When the RAV 4 has passed
into history, the Wrangler will still be out there, driving over, around and
through everything thrown against it....... Especially whiny-ass Toyota drivers.