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Sunday, December 20, 2009

My GMC Validated

Today was one of those days that occurs about every five years that validates my purchase of a GMC Envoy.

This morning, while others where spending hours digging out their cars, I backed the GMC right out of my driveway and cruised to shul while drivers around me were slipping and sliding.

So it gets 12 MPG; on days like today, I forgive it.

(And, while we're on the topic of snow, there is no doubt that the sanitation department drivers who plow the streets target people who have already shoveled the snow awy from their cars. My other car was plowed in three times today. Maybe I should have bought two GMCs).



  • At 12:56 AM, Anonymous Jordan said…

    But an alternative way to read this story would be that attendance at minyan is without merit if while doing so one degrades the environment, props up corrupt anti Israeli regimes, and clogs the road with a car unnecessarily large and clumsy. In fact, I would read it that way.

  • At 9:03 AM, Blogger MoChassid said…


    seems like we're taking ourselves a little too seriously today.

  • At 12:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…


    Also , drivers of cars that get into accidents with SUVs have a much higher chance of death. But Im sure that risk is worth it to handle the off road conditions of Long Island.

  • At 1:28 PM, Blogger MoChassid said…

    Anonymous 12:43

    You probably drive a prius. Tell me where you live and I'll send you a metal.

  • At 2:38 PM, Blogger MoChassid said…


  • At 3:44 PM, Anonymous Jordan said…

    I am not taking myself seriously. I am taking you seriously. I am giving your words the attention and consideration they deserve.
    I drive a Camry. Rather than sending me a medal, send me a Prius.

  • At 3:56 PM, Blogger MoChassid said…


    Ok then, let's be serious.

    I also drive a camry. I've driven Camrys for more than thirteen years. Before that I drove a subaru and other smaller cars. And the car I bought for my daughter is a scion, even more gas efficient.

    If you read my post (including the link to my earlier post), you will see that my initial post was in response to a post put up by Dov Bear where he chastised people who bought SUVs (and suggested they were fat and out of shape). He specifically predicted that I would never drive an SUV.

    I explained how I came to buy one, and PLEAD GUILTY to all of his points (other than being fat and out of shape). As I've said, I consider it one of the dumbest purchases I've ever made.

    Having said all that, if you've been following this blog you should know my sense of humor and that this post was meant tounge in cheek. It was not meant to be taken as seriously as you did.

    And, if it makes you feel any better, I only buy Sunoco gas. Seriously.

  • At 12:22 PM, Anonymous jordan said…

    Fair enough. But what's so good about Sunoco? Is it only non Arab gas?
    (I really don't know)

  • At 1:45 PM, Blogger MoChassid said…


  • At 2:54 PM, Anonymous Bob Miller said…

    As a taxpayer and thus quasi-owner of GM I salute you.

    However, I remind you that today's SUV must be green. So repaint it green if necessary.

    Regarding Arab vs. non-Arab gasoline:

    I think a lot of crude petroleum (maybe distillates, too) gets traded on the world market, so where the gasoline in your favorite pump comes from may be unknown.

  • At 6:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Those who think they are keeping money from arab countries by buying gas from non-arab companies are only fooling themselves. Oil and gas are commodities, the only way to keep money from the arabs is to buy less in general.

  • At 3:31 PM, Anonymous Tari Ledsome said…

    Some of us used to dream of owning an Envoy back when we were teenagers. There's always the urge to drive them through rough terrains. That's why many were emotional over the closure of the Envoy factories, which ended the model's production. So, all I can say is, continue to maintain your Envoy in good shape so that it will last for a long time.


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