“I think we’ve hit a critical desalinization point.”

I’m the owner of a new Toyota Prius. Sadly, my new car was the victim of a fender bender recently and we had to drop it off an auto body shop. The shop’s owner gushed over the car, indicating to us another Prius he had on the lot waiting to be fixed (the poor thing was in a heck of a wreck, most of it’s front end needed replacing). We learned from the owner that the Altamonte police have been purchasing the hybrids for motor pooling and as unmarked police cars. After some searching I found an article about it, detailing that several cities across the state are purchasing the cars for both economical and environmental reasons.

I wouldn’t call myself an environmentalist by any sense of the word. I write comics (which are made of trees) and work in the world of computers (which are made with horrible things, fish heads I believe or maybe babies…or maybe even baby fish heads). I try to save the world in small doses when I can, but at the same time I could do more if I tried a bit harder.

That being said, we (my wife and I) decided to get rid of the gas guzzling SUV I had for quite some time, and after a short search we ended up with a Prius. We haven’t looked back, it’s the best car purchase I’ve made in a while, saving me a ton of money on fuel and earning me a ton of points in my “do stuff to save the planet” column that exists in my life’s ledger. It’s quite an interesting vehicle, and I’ve noticed that by purchasing it I’ve joined some sort of underground club. Fellow Orlando Prius drivers that happen to meet my glance while I’m driving usually smile and wave at me and I of course smile and wave back. It’s an odd feeling, and if I were to theorize about it, I believe that my fellow Prius drivers and I are sharing a sort of smug satisfaction. We know what others don’t, and the others are paying for it. Which always makes me feel good.

2 Comments so far

  1. dawn (unregistered) on July 21st, 2005 @ 4:21 pm

    I too recently stopped driving my gas guzzler for a more moderate vehicle. It is my sincere desire to have a hybrid at some point in the future. I think it’s the LEAST we can do… and I too want all those points in my “do stuff to save the planet” column of my life. Way to go! I admire those willing to be the on the front lines of this shift in our lives away from combustion engines…

  2. Lori (unregistered) on July 21st, 2005 @ 5:57 pm

    I am so jealous. Waiting for the day I get one.

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