Monday, September 14, 2009

The Minivan Clan

Phew, okay, that was the longest two weeks ever, but I'm back, I'm alive and I'm ready to blog away. It's been over a week that I haven't had a voice (literally), but no more, dagnabit! That's what blogging is for.

Now that I'm well, next on the agenda; buying a new car. Not just any car, but one that will get killer gas mileage, seat 6 or 7 people and NOT be a minivan. Yup, all of those are requirements. I flat-out refuse to join the Minivan Clan. I know you pro-minivaners are out there, and probably reading this (or maybe you're not because you're busy chauffeuring your kids, your kids' friends and your kids' friends' friends), but I'm sorry, you can't make me one of you.

There was an episode of Oprah, (okay, don't laugh, I don't normally watch) it was about the truth behind being a mom and it was pretty funny listening to mothers from all over America talk about what it's really like and what they don't tell you. Anyway, one of the moms said that the day she went to buy a minivan, she knew exactly what her dog must have felt like when he had to get neutered. I felt a kindredness with this woman, but I will remain strong and not succumb to the lure of the minivan. I will not be neutured!

Sure it's roomy, gets great gas mileage and can seat more kids than you'd ever care to own, but it's a minivan! They're ugly and they just scream, "I'm a breeder and I need to keep them all boxed up!" I swore I'd never have enough kids to need a minivan, even if I did, they would make lovely hood and roof ornaments before I'd buy the dreaded van.

I will drive an SUV, a crossover or a sedan, so if you have any recommendations on those, I'm all ears. If you happen to drive a minivan, I'm sincerely sorry. :oP

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  1. I'm thinking about buying another car in a year or two. We almost bought one this year. I didn't want a minivan and decided on a Subaru Wagon. But then we had to use our car money for an emergency. Now, I'm considering a minivan. Right now we are stuck with an old, about to break down, Ford Tempo with 2 kids in the back seat. We plan on having more kids and want something much bigger.

  2. Dude, don't knock it till you've tried it. Our Darren the Dodge Caravan is one hip-hopping ride. Just sayin'

    Once you go minivan, you never go... back.

  3. I'm am the exact same way, and have been looking for the EXACT same thing.

    I have found it! You will LOVE it... its the Saturn Outlook (seats 7 or 8) or the GMC Acadia (also seats 7 or 8). GMC makes Saturn so its the exact same vehicle but the Saturn is a little cheaper. It is exactly like a minivan, you can even have the two captain chairs in the back :)

    Good luck... if you drive it I promise you'll love it.

  4. Ah hell, I gave up the attempt to have a cool ride ages ago. I love my Mazda 5. It's a mini minivan :) Sure, I'd rather be in a two seater Lotus Turbo Esprit...but I guess it will have to wait!

  5. Good luck! There's nothing out there that has enough room in the 3rd row. At least that doesn't cost a fortune. When we found out we were having our third, we quickly realized that we needed something that 3 car seats could fit into and believe me when I say I cried when I had to give up my loaded VW Passatt wagon for the dreaded minivan. Nothing with a 3rd row would fit my six year old daughter's long lanky legs. As soon as they're out of car seats we are out of the minivan!


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