In the Pink: My First Rant

Yesterday, on my bike ride home from work, I saw a first (for me, at least): a bright pink Hummer. In light of skyrocketing prices at the pump, Iranian defiance, and the avowed Bush administration's pledge to wean America off its addiction to fossil fuel (!), a pink Hummer strikes me as a new low--in taste, environmental awareness, and societal consideration. I'll be honest with you: when I see something like a pink Hummer, I receive it as the automobile equivalent of an extended middlefinger. "Screw you," says such a choice, "I can afford to do whatever I want." In my book, a Hummer, especially a pink one, captures the worst of America: arrogant consumption, tastelessness, smug superiority, and a celebration of militarism. Don't get me wrong: I'm all for a free society and one in which someone can (if they absolutely must) buy such a thing and flaunt it accordingly; however, I don't have to like it and I will exercise my freedom to rant and blog at will!

What would've been even more ironic is if the pink Hummer had a Mary Kay Cosmetics sticker on the back...but I'll save that thought for another day.

7 comments:

Mitali Perkins said...

So I'll know it's a full-fledged midlife crisis when I see you driving your pink hummer to the spa ...I love to hear a mild-mannered wasp-y dude rant with passion, that's what blogs are for ...

Forrest said...

Nice Rant Carl! And great blog! So great to see you writing and hear your thoughts. I'm excited to see where this goes.

Forrest Buckner said...

You inspired me Carl...I just entered the world of the blogger...but I'm not expecting too many postings on my site.

Carl Hofmann said...

Forrest,
Blog with delirious abandon...and let me know your site so I can make comments!
Good to be with you guys recently,
Carl

Mitali Perkins said...

Hey Carl, have you seen this site: http://www.sierraclubplus.org/hummerdinger/?

john said...

hmmm. a "pink hummer"? sounds like a trency cocktail.

Carl Hofmann said...

Either that or it sounds like an exotic bird.