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Car Culture

Don’t get me wrong—I love the personal automobile. But the other day I said to The Scout, “If you really think about it, the idea of everyone having a car is a really bad idea, so who thought it was a good idea in the first place?” The Scout immediately poo-poohed my 2020 hindsight (that’s a good title for a blog!) and said ‘if you had been there at the time, you’d have welcomed the car with open arms too.’

I’m sure I would have. I love cars now, but cars are the new cigarettes. They’re bad for me. Even though they don’t pollute the environment as much as industry does, the energy and materials it takes to manufacture and maintain even one car — wouldn’t you rather see those resources go to the making of art?

I love the smell of utopia in the morning.

Chevrolet wants to sell cars. So they hire an ad agency. The ad agency is full of creative but insane but wonderful but insane people (ask Miss Havisham if you don’t believe me). I know – let’s make a commercial! Then the ad agency hires a production company.

Production companies have suggestive names. Propaganda. The Hayes Office. Red Car. Tool of North America. Untitled. Hungry Man. Sticks and Stones. Bedford Falls. Traktor. Unscented. (Then they became) Lotion. Headquarters. Biscuit. Anonymous Content. Bob Industries. Cucoloris. Tight. Furlined. Form. Pay Dirt (parent company Embezzler LLC). And my personal favorite: Shut Up and Drive.

These folks call The Scout. They say we need and old gas station, but we can’t afford to go far outside The Zone. But there aren’t any good looking old gas stations. So the photos you see here are suggestions. These locations would have to be “dressed out” with appropriate gas pumps.

Where am I going with this post? Car culture is already in decline. Chevy must invoke nostalgia to sell trucks. I don’t need a truck. I wanna be like Mr. Metro.

UPDATE: True confession – It’s completely irrational, but I want this too:

AAACCKKK! Earthquake!!!!  Blogius interruptus.


This is a personal blog. Expect a potpourri of stuff.

6 thoughts on “Car Culture

  1. Gasoline is already obsolete. Electric or Hydrogen cars will be next, but even they won’t last forever. Location Scouts will always be in vogue.

  2. Aha! I though Propaganda went out of business. Michael Bay, that’s all I’ll say. I had Olds (gone). I had stacks of footage of desert tests on the GM solar car–way before the taxi guy trailered himself into town.

    What about that sweet old gas station on Green St. past Wilson (I think) on the north side of the street. Vintage pumps and everything.

  3. Oh, and Hal Riney killed the electric car. Did you see that advertising? It was like death, a funeral march with creepy VO by Linda Hunt. Pretty ghastly.

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