May 31, 2004

SUVs and Landscape Gardening The Amatuer Way

Today I read an article in the New York Times on SUVs and lawsuits in the USA. Did you know that if you are in a passenger car and you are hit by an SUV (like a surf hilux etc) you are 29 times more likely to die than the driver of of the SUV? The bumpers of the cars and the SUVs are at incompatible heights and if you are in the passenger car you are likely to be hit in the head by a side impact.

The article makes a good point about the purpose of SUVs as opposed to other incompatible vehicles like buses and heavy trucks - whereas these vehicles have specific tasks and require more stringent licenscing and safety checking, any yahoo can get an SUV and use it exclusively for shopping because it 'feels safer'. And SUVs do feel safer to drive - because they are. Just pity the other people who have to feel so much less safe when they drive because of you.

*end rant*

I have spent the last several days doing a bit of work in the garden because the back yard is turning into a muddy mess. I fixed the dog run (total cost: $0.75), and laid a new path under the washing line because the sheets kept dragging on the ground (total cost: $18.00).

Today I'm going to reorganise the laundry so that the dogs have outside access independent of the rest of the house (total cost: $0.00 and yay for so much less mud on the floor!) and also try to costruct some sort of fence that will cross from the laundry door to the dog run door so that the dogs are kept off the rest of the back lawn. If these guys already have a staple gun, that should be free too, because I already have lumber and some plastic netting. Otherwise it'll cost a cheap staple gun and some chicken wire.

Then I will have total control over the dogs without having them in the house all the time (major plus). Once I've done that maybe I can look at filling in some of the holes they dug in the lawn (groan) and lay down the turf I removed from under the washing line... the thing with gardening and house maintenance is that there is always something else that needs to be done. (sigh)

*end moan*

:) Merry Monday, everyone :)

Posted by phreq at May 31, 2004 10:24 AM | TrackBack

Good on you being so industrious! I hate doing gardening, it's such hard physical work. Of course, you do get huge satisfaction from finishing it :)

I also fully agree on the stupid pointlessness of SUVs in the city. Two of my workmates are trying to convince me to get one after the accident but I will not. They're stupidly big and unnecessary.

Posted by: Jenni at May 31, 2004 11:14 AM

SUVs are evil. They might as well all have number plates that read 'Fuck You'. And, they really reduce other drivers' visibility on the road.

I heard some guy on the radio saying they're not that much safer to drive: they're designed for slow speeds off-road, and don't corner well. Plus they have wicked blind spots ( ).

Yay gardening. What did you make the new path out of?

Posted by: iona at May 31, 2004 12:08 PM

and dont you hate it when suvs park on a corner which you are trying to see around!? my keyboard is being tricky. it keeps typing 'the' for no reason and bringing up unwanted menus >:(

Posted by: regs at May 31, 2004 12:48 PM

plus they guzzle petrol like nothing else and so are just a great big eco-nuisance.

Jas has told me that our car, being all old, won't crumple if we have a head on collision, so i don't need to worry about getting my legs trapped under the dashboard (that's the #1 thing i think about when in the car). of course, now i worry more about the car flipping or me being thrown out the windshield, along with the seat that i'm carefully strapped into *sigh* i hate cars

Posted by: Zephfi at May 31, 2004 06:46 PM

I heard some guy who had written some book talking about SUVs and how they are evil. Because they are not that much safer as they have the body frame of a like, a pickup truck (we tend to call them utes in NZ) rather than a normal car. They aren't designed to crumple or flip at all.

Posted by: giffy at May 31, 2004 09:44 PM

Hmm, that blind-spot was well-written! And about right, too, they are very hard to see all around of. I made the path out of pieces of an old brick wall that were being stored in a big pile in the dog cage. So some I smashed up with a sledge and turned them into a path, and some I turned into a retaining wall in the dog cage :)

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