Swagger Wagon: do you have one? want one?
When this video came out, I could not stop watching it. It was hilarious. My husband would watch it, show it to our kids, share it with family & friends. We would all ROTFL (or what is the acronym? roll on the floor laughing?).
We urbanMamas are bikeymamas, to be sure. We love our Xtracycles (now, all the foundress urbanMamas have longtails now so we can haul our three kids). Aside from Sarah/cafemama, we all have mulitiple cars. When she printed out longtail stickers to put on our bikes, "one less minivan", she gave one to me anyway, even if I did have a minivan.
We inherited a minivan when we left NYC, knowing that we needed some kind of vehicle in our next city, ATL (thanks, mama in law!). That minivan was awesome. When we moved from our rental to become first-time homeowners, that minivan transported our queen-sized marital bed, intact, to our new home. We transported couches, armoires, and countless other bulky furniture items. Back in NY, before the van was even ours, we rolled deep in that ride, sliding open the doors and piling out to line up for the club. Then, in PDX, we used the ride for transporting kids to the coast, gorge, mountain and more. The sliding doors were convenient for when an emergency pee-stop was required. A boy could merely stand at the door and do his thing.
One of my husband's best friends back in the east was looking for a car, an SUV. Said of his wife, "she doesn't want a minivan; she doesn't want to be like a 'soccer mom'," even though the kids did, indeed, play soccer and she drove them everywhere she needed to go.
Of late, I have noticed a few comments on Facebook, friends mentioning they were looking for a new ride, but "not a minivan". For why? Are minivans that uncool? In my book, they are some of the most practical vehicles out there, and can get better gas mileage than the SUVs that seem to be more popular.
When we acquired our newer minivan almost 2 years ago, trading in our old minivan through the Cash for Clunkers program, I was not in support. For as much as we drive, I always called our minivan our "storage unit", and I was not in support of a new payment for said storage unit. One child and several road trips later, we have gotten more than enough use out of our storage unit. At our maximum, we transported 8 bodies, 6 bikes, two bike trailers, two tents, a queen-size pillow-top Aerobed, bags of weekend apparel, food, coolers, and more for a weekend getaway. All in our minivan.
So, I wonder: do you have a swagger wagon? Are you in the market for a new ride and doing everything you can to avoid the swagger wagon? What I really want to know is: why are minivans so uncool?