January 06, 2011

In Which Robbo Feels The Seduction Of The Dark Side.....

Steve Chapman on minivans:

The world is divided into two kinds of people: those who, when they have kids, worry they are no longer cool, and those who, when they have kids, think being a parent is cooler than anything they've ever done. The latter group will consider a minivan. The former won't, even if you paint a skull and crossbones on it.

The Butcher's Wife transports the Llama-ettes hither and yon in a Jeep Cherokee which is beginning to get a bit long in the tooth. I confess that when the LMC was packing up his family after spending New Year's at Orgle Manor, I found myself eyeing his 'van with something approaching.....longing. (Three rows of seats! Mmmmmmmm.......)

Slap a skull and crossbones on the side, and I think you'll probably have sold me.

Yips! to the Sith Blender of Puppies.

Posted by Robert at January 6, 2011 04:16 PM | TrackBack

Unless you go off-road (and the Wolf Trap parking lot doesn't count), it's all about hauling cargo: kids, building materials, groceries, etc. Minivans totally kick butt on that score and they are plenty comfortable. And if you're worried about cool, it all depends on what you have blasting out of the speakers. Rammstein goes well with a Honda Odyssey (and the 2003 has almost 300 hp to get you on your way).

Best of all, you can separate quarrelsome kids in different rows. Works great when Johnny and Hadji are tired and cranky.

Posted by: Race Bannon at January 6, 2011 05:52 PM

I pine for one on days where it's pouring rain. Shove 'em in, shut the door, and sort it out after climbing aboard.

Posted by: Mink Monica at January 6, 2011 07:37 PM

It's all about how you use the minivan.

My kids are in awe of the fact that our minivan has in fact gone off road and I use it to haul our lawn tractor. I take pride in the fact that I fully use the capabilities of our minivan and I blast music that is far from stodgy.

I gleefully point out to my children our van has done far more SUV things than the average SUV.

So minivans are not inherently cool, but the can kick the average SUVs butt in carrying capacity and practicality.

Posted by: Sarah G. at January 6, 2011 07:54 PM

And then there are those of us who call the mini-van our little car. Granted the car of my youthful desire was a Volvo 240 wagon, so I was never cool, but any car with good hauling capacity is a good thing. I've carried 4 kids and 10' pieces of lumber in my mini-van without strapping anything to the roof (though I did consider putting the kids out there).

Posted by: Jordana at January 6, 2011 09:37 PM

Everytime I bring up 'Minivan' to my wife, she carries on like I was trying to push her into the burqa...

Posted by: kmr at January 7, 2011 11:27 AM

My first was a new '87 Astro. Since then we've owned a Quest and a Transport. With four kids and lots of places to go, it's the only way to travel. Anyone who insists on shoehorning kids into a car for the sake of "cool" probably shouldn't be trusted to give good advice.

Posted by: Mike F. at January 7, 2011 12:22 PM

Before Husband slipped the ring on my finger he had to promise we'd never own a minivan. Hence La Tahoe. Quite frankly, no minivan would be be able to get up our driveway. If you think you can, you're welcome to try.

Posted by: GroovyVic at January 7, 2011 04:54 PM

Crew-served weapon mount, real-time sat nav, secure comms, jammers, digitial camo paint job, swiveling captains chairs, and DVD player will be in next year's Odyssey "LMC special edition."

Posted by: LMC at January 11, 2011 07:25 AM

@LMC: I think Eddie Bauer just wet himself.

Posted by: B.B. at January 11, 2011 12:21 PM
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