I drive a Swaggerwagon. Part of the benefit of being a dad, I suppose.
But I want a truck.
I mean, between fencing, trampolines, basketball rings, bookshelves, tree forts, decking, and pool slides, etc etc, I've hauled a ton of stuff in the minivan. But taking the seats in and out, and cleaning up after is getting plain tiresome. I want a truck. I mean, it's for the kids, really, I could finally tackle the prairie house that the girls want and.... (Ed: we can't afford it, you have to wait).
Well, at least I've learned that if I ever do get a truck, I'll make it a Hilux (called "Tacoma" here in the US). As road tested by insurgents just about everywhere:
Newsweek article: Rebels and their Hilux
It’s not just rebels in Afghanistan that love the Hilux. “The Toyota Hilux is everywhere,” says Andrew Exum, a former Army Ranger and now a fellow of the Center for a New American Security. “It’s the vehicular equivalent of the AK-47. It’s ubiquitous to insurgent warfare. And actually, recently, also counterinsurgent warfare. It kicks the hell out of the Humvee.”
Best paragraph in the article:
An experiment conducted by British TV show Top Gear in 2006 offers one explanation. The show’s producers bought an 18-year-old Hilux diesel with 190,000 miles on the odometer for $1,500. They then crashed it into a tree, submerged it in the ocean for five hours, dropped it from about 10 feet, tried to crush it under an RV, drove it through a portable building, hit it with a wrecking ball, and set it on fire. Finally they placed it on top of a 240-foot tower block that was then destroyed in a controlled demolition. When they dug it out of the rubble, all it took to get it running again was hammers, wrenches, and WD-40. They didn’t even need spare parts.