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Old 02-10-2004, 11:16 PM   #1
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A life..... or alive ?

I've followed this forum for several weeks and find the technical information to be both helpful and valuable. The brand is often perceived as the Cadillac of the industry, an analogy which is certainly arguable, but at the very least, it is a Chevy in a world of Yugos.

What is alarming is the innate need of many participants to engage in anthropomorphosis, i.e. the assigning of human like qualities, with their units. It begins humbly enough by first naming the trailer as one would a child, then innocently elevates to creating and/or purchasing clever "vanity" plates. We see trailers which have a gender (isn't she a beauty all polished up), an age grouping (this baby is so sweet), even to the perception of conception. One thread discussed in detail the actual "birth", complete with factory photos, ultrasound and detailed in utero progress. When people began sending congratulatory messages about the nearly 2 1/2 ton, 25 foot long newborn, I, well how best to describe this, became somewhat nauseated and lightheaded.

Unless you have a leather interior feature, the tanned and stretched skin of a recently deceased barnyard animal, I can assure you that the trailer is inorganic. It has never had a headache, a pap smear, a menstrual cycle, a digital rectal exam, a flu shot, nor a boyfriend that beat up the babysitter. It is a TRAILER, nothing more, nothing less. Are you listening ? It does not have feelings. It doesn't know how old you are, how old it is, where you live, which clubs you do or do not belong to, whether your mailman abuses your subscriptions, whether you dress in a toga and bow tie, drive in reverse with a cigar in one hand and a beer in the other.......AND (hold on tight to your Thetford toilet for this), it doesn't even know YOU own it. Look, long after most of us return to room temperature, are placed in a pine container, and lowered with dignity slightly south of the earths' surface, many of these trailers will still survive...owned by someone else.

So the closest they come to being 'alive' is that they are all prostitutes. Little whores. Providing pleasure to the privileged few while exacting a price. So why not enjoy the ride, eliminate the rancor, and extract the one thing we have in common, the desire for recreation. Yes, yes, I know we have opposable thumbs. And the right to trial by jury. But in six years and 30,000 miles, in our first and only trailer, I have yet to meet anyone who was not pleasant or didn't have something to share that positively impacted our lives. Just a thought. Isn't that what life is all about ?

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Old 02-10-2004, 11:19 PM   #2
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Well well well.... you'll feel a little closer to your baby if you'd give her a pretty little name that suits her features. Maybe something suited to her birthday!!!
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Old 02-10-2004, 11:30 PM   #3
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So the closest they come to being 'alive' is that they are all prostitutes. Little whores. Providing pleasure to the privileged few while exacting a price.
So now that you're over your vent, what did you name "her"?
It's okay, we understand.

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Old 02-10-2004, 11:39 PM   #4
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Yeah, but i feel it would be dangerous towing the 'Little Whore' through downtown Chicago.
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Old 02-11-2004, 12:21 AM   #5
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Re: A life..... or alive ?

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So why not enjoy the ride, eliminate the rancor, and extract the one thing we have in common, the desire for recreation.
Gee, Doc, I didn't realize the fact that we love our inanimate objects (beyond all reason) was causing rancor among us. Thought we were all together on that one
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Cover your (elephant) ears my little streammie-weannie. He doesn't really mean it. He is just having a bad day at the office or maybe someone put a scratch in his Mercedes-Benz. Now then, would you like your water tanky topped up? How 'bout I put a little "juice" in your batteries? Do you have to go potty? There, I emptied your septy tankies for you too. I'll bet you feel better now. I'm just going to turn your thermy up for tonight so you don't catch a chill. Don't worry, I'll leave the coach light on so you're not afraid. Tomorrow I'm gonna give you a nice warm bath like I promised. You will shine like a movie star. Nighty-night! Kisses! Love you!

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Old 02-11-2004, 01:06 AM   #7
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Drcharles, one thing I've learned after eight years participating on Internet discussion forums:

People do not understand subtle humor, and sarcasm especially usually sails right over most people's heads.

Thanks for the laugh. That's the funniest post I've read in a long time. Like all good humor, it is so funny because you hit a square-on bulls-eye. We do get too obsessed with these tin cans. Which is one reason we spend so much time online chatting about them.

P.S. I think the birthing thread was all in good fun, too.
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What is alarming is the innate need of many participants to engage in anthropomorphosis, i.e. the assigning of human like qualities, with their units. It begins humbly enough by first naming the trailer as one would a child, then innocently elevates to creating and/or purchasing clever "vanity" plates. We see trailers which have a gender (isn't she a beauty all polished up), an age grouping (this baby is so sweet), even to the perception of conception. One thread discussed in detail the actual "birth", complete with factory photos, ultrasound and detailed in utero progress. When people began sending congratulatory messages about the nearly 2 1/2 ton, 25 foot long newborn, I, well how best to describe this, became somewhat nauseated and lightheaded.
Should we tell him about Ms. Tioga, Mr. Sony, Mr. Tripod, and George?
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Some self aggrandizing statements are not positive contributions to the purpose of the forum, namely camaraderie and mutual benefit. However I will defend a persons right of free speech, insecure and condescending as it may be.
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Using the German side to understand the logic here, but it still escapes me.

I'm kind of with Navigator on this one.

Always interesting to see a newbie post.
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Some people have a life and some don't! Glad to see more do than do not.
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Unless you have a leather interior feature, the tanned and stretched skin of a recently deceased barnyard animal, I can assure you that the trailer is inorganic. Dr. C.
Oh my Lord. Twink! I didn't realize our trailers are organic!!! We got the leather sofas! To quote Young Frankenstein "She's alive!".

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