I’ve come to learn that the mark of a good neighborhood is as follows:
1. Good schools.
2. Friendly neighbors with fluffy dogs named, in almost all cases, Molly.
3. Lemonade stands run by ten-year-old girls who believe that water with a lemon is, in fact, lemonade.
4. Only a small number of homeless people that root through your trash cans at night.
5. A high density of luxury SUVs.
As you can see in the photo, my neighborhood has no problem with number 5, and I promise the number of homeless people that root through my trash cans is reasonably low.
This photo was taken at my neighborhood country club, where luxury SUVs are about as common as disputes settled by a games of lawn bowling. I can’t explain the high concentration of Lexus GX, though it’s clearly an aberration as the most popular vehicle here is by far the Mercedes GL-Class. Both vehicles are wisely purchased by people who didn’t want a minivan, because eww! Gross! A minivan?
I don’t mean to wage war against SUVs here (I drive one, quite happily, because otherwise I wouldn’t be a true denizen of The Hood), but I felt this image was rather a compelling illustration of our motorized society in 2013. Especially In The Hood, where – let’s be honest – they can’t all be driving a Land Rover Defender 110.