I could never live in Albuquerque, or probably any other city like it. And the oversized pickup trucks that are so prevalent on the roads are as good an explanation as I can offer.

I have no doubt that many of these trucks are used for things like ranching or hauling. But some probably never get used for these purposes, either. It’s probably a social statement of some kind, a way of flaunting all of the American excesses. Some believe that bgger is better, whether it’s the house you live in or the vehicle you drive.

But owning a truck like this in Chicago would make no sense at all. May I never be at a place in my life–either in terms of geography or vanity–where having one of these things seems like a good idea.

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