|Vehicle the First|
The owner shines up his vehicle, tunes it himself, ensures it's in top working order, adjusts it to suit his transportation needs and self-image, then parks it in a prominent location, for all to see.
|Sleek, simple lines, shiny finish, heart of steel, power transmission incarnated|
Is there a certain degree of pride of ownership of such a pure, straightforward expression of the transmission of power from source to ground? Yes. Does the owner use it for trips around town, too, not just as a show piece, an ego prop, a garage ornament? Yes, both of vehicles shown in this post were seen parked in mall parking lots, at a busy time of day.
|One has no brakes, fixed gear with no pedal clips or straps AFAICT|
Both are bastard children of the streets--out of place, intended for other uses than trips to the mall, somewhat impractical for the task, at least in their original essential forms, yet adapted to the task by their owner with care and thought.
|Another way to take the kids to a movie at the mall|
The second is surely about physics and greed. Please share if you think otherwise. Consider the application of the categorical imperative in this case: what if all vehicles on the road were this truck? In their thousands, a rush hour stampede down the freeway of growling wheels, roaring exhausts, and enhanced body lean and rocking through every dip and turn. Would the parking lots all need to be redone, or would we just settle for all the wasted half-spaces that would result, since these don't fit in one normal space?
Is there a particular reason either vehicle was chosen for its purpose by its owner? Is there a particular message being sent, a particular impression that is intended to be made? Do you feel different reactions yourself, when you see them out on the road, or parked at the mall? I know I do. One makes me smile, stop and look closer, while my kids chide me for taking pictures of it. The other, I just shake my head, and walk away.