Dodge's are cool, not Neons but Vipers and V10 pickup 2500's.
> >You guys are missing the high dollar trend: Sport Utility Vehicles.
> >Anyone care to speculate on the percentage that actually make it
> I won't speculate on the number that make it offroad, but I will comment on the
> number of undergrads on our campus who have been given a SUV by Mommy and Daddy
> so that they can drive the mile or so between their dorms and classes!
> As I was parking my modest little Dodge Neon in the campus parking lot
> yesterday morning I was suddenly overwhelmed to realize that in my parking row
> that has 20 slots there were 17 SUV's! My Neon looked dwarfed compared to
> this row of monster vehicles. The other two non-SUV's were a 1980's vintage
> Toyota Tercel and a later model Nissan Stanza -- both of which bore Faculty
> stickers. Of the 17 SUV's, all of them had Student parking stickers! I was
> suddenly struck by some sort of irony that none of the faculty were driving
> brand spanking new SUV's while all these 20 year-old-students are wheeling
> around small-town Geneva in these oversized status symbols. As I glanced
> around the rest of the lot I also saw lots of Jeeps as they are also a status
> symbol on our campus. Anything that was old, small or falling apart belonged
> to the faculty and staff!
> I have realized this inequity existed for several months now and I have been
> watching the proliferation of SUV's on our campus for quite some time.
> Yesterday, however, was the first time that it was SO abundantly apparent.
> My real beef is not that these kids get to drive around in something I can't
> afford, but it is that they drive recklessly because they figure
> they are protected by being in such a monstrosity of a vehicle. As someone who
> drives a smallish car, this makes me scared.
> Okay, that's my rant for today.