Ooh! Where do I start?
When I was in high school, I think I worried way too much about what others thought about how to dress, where to go, who to hang out with. I paid far too much attention to what others said was "cool". Now 54, I have learned over the years that what matters is what YOU do and care about, not what the other guy does or cares about. I care about my image for the sake of my own reputation, my family, and my job. Peer pressure is everywhere and doesn't seem to stop with any age or group, but you don't have to be part of it. You don't have to take it, and you don't have to be the one dishing it out.
Owning a jeep wrangler, to me, means following whatever path I choose. I don't see it as a yuppie car, and maybe those who do are the ones most unhappy with it, probably because they had no prior experience driving jeeps. Maybe the husband who hates the jeep he's driving bought it for the wife who loves them. Hurray for him and her! He bought her a jeep? I love him for it! My husband did. And don't start judging whether she put any income into it. Most do--even when it's the guy's jeep--and all those mods to come later.
I LOVE my jeep. I respect other jeepers--on road, off road, mods, no mods, square lights, LJs, soft top, hard top, and okay, even those into chrome. I will say it again, I don't owe anyone any excuses for why I should be "allowed" to have it. It's mine, and I work hard for it. Merit badges are for scouts. I don't see any mud slinging or rock climbing badges on anyone else's jeep. Guess what, I don't drive around checking to see what other jeepers eat, drink, wear, or where they are headed. Anyone who does should have a pair of JK stickers from that other forum on their jeep. (And yes, I'll wave at them, too. We both love jeeps, just not the same forum, right?)
Do I wave? Yes, even if they look young enough for mommy or daddy to have bought their jeep. Lucky them. Do they all wave back? No, but not my problem. I think if I worried about what others thought I should do with a jeep, I'd be driving a BMW instead.
This is the JK Owner's forum, right? I may need to check my bookmark, again. I could get banned here if I'm not careful about what I say. Or where I drive or don't drive.
Respect the jeep. Respect the driver. For the most part, we do have something in common--we love jeeps. Maybe you just wished you had a shot at that jeep and thought of all the stuff you would have done with it. Some people are tired of jeep owners who whine about what they don't like about jeeps. I'm really tired of hearing people whine about who deserves their jeep. Kiss my bumper. Stock, by the way.
My current jeep/4th jeep/final jeep: '09 JK 4 door automatic hard top black Rubicon
Last edited by ssbeagle; 07-19-2009 at 12:06 PM.