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Today I was gassing up my Toyota Emasculator minivan, and was behind the Honda version of the same thing, with not a whole lot of space between that car's rear bumper and my front bumper. I started to clean the windows while I pumped gas, and had this weird premonition of the other minivan backing up and crushing me between the two cars. As far as I am aware, this wasn't based on anything rational. But it actually made me sort of run between the cars so I could get to the other side safely, to finish cleaning the window (the minivan is big, and my arms and the squeegee handle are short). Sure as shi'ite, a couple seconds later the minivan rolls backward, stops, starts again, rolls back some more, and I am at this point just standing at the side watching this unfold. Out pops the requisite blonde woman (I must be the only non-asian male in Santa Cruz with so little self-respect as to drive a minivan) and she says "I don't know why it is doing that!" (One step short of saying "I just washed my car and I can't do a thing with it.") She couldn't get it started. She didn't know she couldn't start an automatic in neutral unless you have your foot on the brake, at the very least, and you probably have to have it in park. In any case, neither she nor I could start her car (I tried, because I was trapped behind her). But the moral of the story is my irrational paranoia saved me from serious bodily harm, and I have no idea why.

What say you Lounge Lizards?
 

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My wife drives a 2004 sienna. Nearly 240 thousand miles. It will runs well. Lots of odds and ends are broken and have scuff marks, lots of wife inflicted dents and dings, but it still runs.

I'll get at least one more full year out of it before it becomes a college car for my son.

Mini vans are emasculating, but they are very practical and surprisingly efficient.
 

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I have an imagination that shows me a worst case scenario for many daily events. This would be a normal thought process for me. Having the scenario actually play out, not normal for me.

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My wife drives a 2004 sienna. Nearly 240 thousand miles. It will runs well. Lots of odds and ends are broken and have scuff marks, lots of wife inflicted dents and dings, but it still runs.

I'll get at least one more full year out of it before it becomes a college car for my son.

Mini vans are emasculating, but they are very practical and surprisingly efficient.
Mine is also the 2004, but only has 166K miles. Good, I want to get some more life out of it. It is great for hauling bikes and stuff around (and 3 kids and 2 goldens).

I did notice you were very careful to emphasize it is your wife's car. heh.
 

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I have an imagination that shows me a worst case scenario for many daily events. This would be a normal thought process for me. Having the scenario actually play out, not normal for me.

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I am similarly paranoid. It has saved my life a few times.

Maybe that's the real answer: I always think these things. But what was striking is it made me sort of run around the car, so I must have really embraced the paranoia today.

BTW, it is when you stop being paranoid, that is when they get you.
 

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The residential area where I live has stop signs at every other intersection. When I turn onto Mesilla from Copper I am 1.5 blocks from my apartment and have the right-of-way through the next intersection.

A few days ago I got a strange hunch and went slower than usual after I turned. Sure enough, some idiot almost hit me as he blew through the stop sign at 50+ mph. If I'd driven my normal speed I don't doubt there would have been a collision.
That was the first time that I can remember getting a hunch like that. Weird.
 

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Today I was gassing up my Toyota Emasculator minivan, and was behind the Honda version of the same thing, with not a whole lot of space between that car's rear bumper and my front bumper. I started to clean the windows while I pumped gas, and had this weird premonition of the other minivan backing up and crushing me between the two cars. As far as I am aware, this wasn't based on anything rational. But it actually made me sort of run between the cars so I could get to the other side safely, to finish cleaning the window (the minivan is big, and my arms and the squeegee handle are short). Sure as shi'ite, a couple seconds later the minivan rolls backward, stops, starts again, rolls back some more, and I am at this point just standing at the side watching this unfold. Out pops the requisite blonde woman (I must be the only non-asian male in Santa Cruz with so little self-respect as to drive a minivan) and she says "I don't know why it is doing that!" (One step short of saying "I just washed my car and I can't do a thing with it.") She couldn't get it started. She didn't know she couldn't start an automatic in neutral unless you have your foot on the brake, at the very least, and you probably have to have it in park. In any case, neither she nor I could start her car (I tried, because I was trapped behind her). But the moral of the story is my irrational paranoia saved me from serious bodily harm, and I have no idea why.

What say you Lounge Lizards?
I think the recent Anton Yelchin 'crushed by a car' tragedy may've been hanging out in your subconscious. To obvious good effect.
 

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I am always expecting other drivers to do stupid things. When my expectations are met, that doesn't make me a psychic, just a survivor.
 

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Two thoughts... Always trust your gut... or on the other side, never trust the blonde :)
 

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Bumper sticker seen on mini van "I used to be cool"

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Two thoughts... Always trust your gut... or on the other side, never trust the blonde :)
I just knew you would say that.
 

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That's a mini-bus.

I have to admit it looks quite a bit more cool than mine, but I don't want to deal with the repairs.
 

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We rented a Chrysler Town and Country to drive 5 hours to a vacation last year. That thing was pretty damn nice. We did the "Stow and go" option to the middle row of seats, put the two dog beds down and it was basically a living room on wheels. DVD player, bluetooth, etc.
 

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Got'cher cool minivans right here.
























 

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Today I was gassing up my Toyota Emasculator minivan, and was behind the Honda version of the same thing, with not a whole lot of space between that car's rear bumper and my front bumper. I started to clean the windows while I pumped gas, and had this weird premonition of the other minivan backing up and crushing me between the two cars. As far as I am aware, this wasn't based on anything rational. But it actually made me sort of run between the cars so I could get to the other side safely, to finish cleaning the window (the minivan is big, and my arms and the squeegee handle are short). Sure as shi'ite, a couple seconds later the minivan rolls backward, stops, starts again, rolls back some more, and I am at this point just standing at the side watching this unfold. Out pops the requisite blonde woman (I must be the only non-asian male in Santa Cruz with so little self-respect as to drive a minivan) and she says "I don't know why it is doing that!" (One step short of saying "I just washed my car and I can't do a thing with it.") She couldn't get it started. She didn't know she couldn't start an automatic in neutral unless you have your foot on the brake, at the very least, and you probably have to have it in park. In any case, neither she nor I could start her car (I tried, because I was trapped behind her). But the moral of the story is my irrational paranoia saved me from serious bodily harm, and I have no idea why.

What say you Lounge Lizards?
Do you do pick three or pick fours. I could use a winner.
 

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I hear ya on the spidey sense. I've had many similar experiences. Glad you avoided participating in a minivan sandwich. :)
 
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