Friday, August 29, 2008

Little Blue is the official name...

The polls closed on voting on Little Blue's name, and there was some confusion. One of the options was to vote for calling the bug something that started with the letter "I". This is because long ago, I started naming my cars in alphabetical order. To catch you up, I have owned:

A (1989 Beretta that didn't have a name)
Bluesmobile (a 1979 Buick)
Caesar (a 1971 Toyota Landcruiser)
Dante (a 1986 Jeep Grand Wagoneer)
Edgar (a 1986 Jeep CJ7)
Fat Fonda (a 1972 Chevy Blazer)
Grey Ghost (a 2006 MINI Cooper)
H. (Big Blue came named) and:
I. Little Blue

When the option to name the bug with an "I" name won by a huge margin, I was a little surprised, but started a search to find names that started with an "I" that may apply to a 1963 VW sedan. Eventually, a friend fessed up to clicking the "I" option all 20-some times himself. With that cleared up, I am happy to announce the official name of Little Blue is, well, Little Blue.

Ah, the small things that I worry about. Good to have it named...


Ludwig's Drivers

So has the gender been determined as well? I always used to think that cars were female and trucks/vans were male, but I'm not so sure anymore. It seems that Big Blue is male, right? No?

Big Blue's Driver

Yeah, it's rather odd when you think about it. I think Big Blue is certainly male. But referring to a car as "her" always bothers me. Boats, no problem. They are graceful, and sleek. Cars do crap work and get dirty. It almost seems disrespectful to the more graceful sex to call a car a girl. Plus, it's just plain to close to loving you car bit too much. But, after all that, yeah, I guess Little Blue is a "her"...

Ludwig's Drivers

That's an interesting take on it. To me, the facts that (a) trucks and vans are generally bigger than cars and that (b) cars are generally more softly (for lack of a better word) styled than trucks made the gender assignations apparent to me. I mean, look at an FJ40 and at a 911. The Toyota is clearly male, and the Porsche is clearly female (I know that's the extreme example).
But I was surprised (?) at Maupin to find so many female buses. Surprised enough to reconsider my whole scheme.

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