Monday, November 24, 2008

Happy 21st Birthday, Brent!

© copyright Carrie Boyko
Caught Off Guard Snuggling Over a Football Game
Sorry, folks, but I couldn't resist. My son is 21 today and this blog was calling me to surprise him with an electronic announcement. This is a big day for him; today he is legal to do just about everything, except rent a car. That's okay though, since he would prefer not to own one at all. His plan is to dump his after college, and live in a city where public transportation is readily available. The green mom in me is really proud of his goal. His heart is in the right place.

Sometimes I wonder if he'll end up with an electric car, or perhaps a hybrid. The Europeans have it right with all the Smart Cars, but unfortunately they're not much protection when up against a head on collision with an Expedition or Suburban. That's part of the problem, you know. Getting Americans to change to smaller, more efficient automobiles is a safety issue--a big one. As much as I would love to own a Smart Car, I don't think I'd feel safe in my area. The ratio of SUV's and trucks to compact cars in this area is probably at least 6 to 1. Our Civic gets good gas mileage, but I'll be the first to admit that I don't like driving it on the interstate during rush hour. The risk is too high.
Enough on that tangent. Here's my Happy Birthday wish to Brent: The Caledonian Gold Organic Beer is in the refrigerator waiting on you. We'll see you at the airport. Happy Birthday!

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