Friday, July 31, 2015

Jeep Envy: A Love Rap

When I see a Jeep, going down the street, my heart skips a beat.
When I see a Jeep, in the summer heat, it sweeps me right off my feet.

That's an award winner, right there, am I right?

I have this thing for Jeeps, a thing that's been growing for years now. Let's make sure we're on the same level before I get into this any further though.

When I say Jeep, I mean this:
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Not this:

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Though this would be acceptable:
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Though I do have a special place in my heart for the Jeep Wagoneer my family had growing up, it's not what I'm talking about when I say Jeep. I'm talking Wrangler, I'm talking Rubicon, I'm talking Sahara. I'm talking no top, no doors, sand on the floor, driving over boulders. I'm talking awesome!

This is not a paid post. It probably should be though. Come on, Jeep, show me the money!

I'm not sure when my love of Jeeps actually started. If you know me, you know one of my favorite TV shows of all time is Gilmore Girls. If you've watched it, you might have noticed that the main character (whose name I chose for my daughter), drives a Jeep. There's even a storyline where her Jeep dies and nothing else can take its place.

My love of Jeeps started long before Gilmore Girls though. Some people, like my husband, don't really notice cars. I'm not one of those people. I knew what kind of car I wanted in elementary school (out of shame, I will not share what that was), and recognized models easily.

The earliest Jeep crush that I specifically remember was for one driven by a teacher at the K-12 school I went to for middle school. It probably helped that I was in prime boy liking time and his son was one of the cutest guys in the high school. I'm pretty sure the son of my former pastor also drove a Jeep at some point, and he wasn't bad looking either. Is my Jeep envy just displaced boy crushes? I doubt it, I mean look at this:
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I think it speaks for itself.

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This Jeep love of mine has definitely gotten more intense in the last few years. Maybe it's my version of the middle-aged man's little red sports car. In the past, I've been a VW girl (I still own my first car, a 1970 Squareback), with my dream vehicle being an early '60s 23-window Delux Microbus. And, yes, I would still choose it over a Jeep, all-day, every-day. If you don't know much about these vehicles though, you'll be surprised to learn that these classic buses are not only hard to find but are in a much higher price range than a Jeep Wrangler. The one pictured here, for example, sold for almost $74,000. So, unless I win the lottery or magically acquire some unbelievable car restoration skills overnight, I will never own my dream car.

A Jeep dream however, is much more realistic. One problem I do see, however, is the ability to fit my whole family inside. Is there even three seat belts in that little backseat? I much prefer the 2-door over the 4-door, but I'd still take a 4-door, you're buying me one, right?

Even if it didn't happen until the kids are older, it could still happen. Husband and I have this retirement plan/dream where we become park rangers for the state or national parks system and what better vehicle is there for a park ranger than a Jeep? There's not one, and that's a fact.

Do you have a dream vehicle? Is it realistic? Tell me about it in the comments below.


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