The Newtown Pentacle

Altissima quaeque flumina minimo sono labi

dizzying fear

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– photo by Mitch Waxman

Just a short one today.

Several of the neighbors here in Astoria, all of whom were born and raised on the southern end of the European subcontinent, have purchased models and iterations of these so called “Smart Cars”. A lot of good natured ribbing is offered by area wags and devotees of the SUV class of motor vehicles to the owners of these tiny cars, over beers or around the BBQ, focusing in on the diminutive size of the vehicle and what it says about the owner’s various physical attributes or virility. The laughing stops, however, when the Smart Car guy manages to find street parking in quick order, and the mockers are stuck driving around for the better part of an hour looking for an appropriate spot which would be large enough for an elephant to enjoy.

Who’s laughing now?


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Written by Mitch Waxman

June 26, 2012 at 12:15 am

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  1. Yes, you can get the occasional parking spot that may be too small for other cars, but a motorcycle can get better spots. But seriously, would you want to be in that plastic soapbox racer with delusions of grandeur in an accident? Even a motorcycle looks safer.


    June 26, 2012 at 11:04 am

  2. Can you get a pallbearer’s package for that car?


    June 27, 2012 at 8:21 am

  3. Since it may prove impossible to seperate driver from car after a nasty accident, the car itself can be used as a coffin with 6 mechanics for pallbearers.

    Anyways, I should talk considering how I push my luck when I either ride my motorcycle or drive an MGB. But you’re gonna live on the edge driving a small 2-seater car, do so with classic style.


    June 28, 2012 at 12:36 am

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