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By Tom Toles

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If you live in a city, you're not supposed to have to see your neighbors. But there they were, LOTS of them, at a birthday party over the weekend. And, uh-oh! Some of them had read my blog post about their noisy power mowers versus my benign little push-thing. Well, even if you don't SEE your neighbors, they can READ your blog! Who could have forseen! Now they have decided to retaliate by starting their mowers at dawn and just letting them run until they are out of gas. Then refueling and repeating the process. I will respond, Gandhi-like, mowing in silence in sandals and a loincloth until they learn by my example, or until I finish assembling my brigade of nanny-state stormtroopers, whichever comes first.

But in a weak segue, speaking of gasoline engines, here's another Great Idea That No One Has Thought Of Yet. People say they buy behemoth cars because they need to move a lot of stuff. Yet when I see these leviathans roll past, I see a driver and not much else inside. So here's my idea. A small sedan that employs convertible-top technology to expand the interior-space, jiffy-pop style, to provide lots of weather-protected interior cargo space for the times you need it, without the weight, fuel consumption and aggressive overtones of a monster-size vehicle. Unless, of course, the aggressive overtones are really the whole point, in which case I will have to fall back, once again, against my inclinations, on my nanny-state stormtroopers. --Tom Toles

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By Tom Toles  | June 22, 2010; 12:00 AM ET
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Posted by: tradeshoes04 | June 24, 2010 10:55 PM | Report abuse

Now as far as mowing the lawn, maybe you can start a new trend, mowing in loincloths! LOL!

Start a trend? LOL My neighbor already does it in his boxers. Please I can't take anymore exposure.

Posted by: kchses1 | June 22, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Tom,

Like BOS, I like your idea of a modular car/van. However, like he/she said, you need the extra weight, etc. in order to gain the extra carrying capacity. HOWEVER, it could be done on a lighter scale, as you suggest, if the objects you need to use a larger car/van for are just large and not really heavy (say a flat screen TV or some sheets of plywood). Then you can add modules/extend the car/van to the required capacity to carry the larger but light object(s) home and then shrink your car when done.

GM sorta did this with two of their vehicles. One was a truck with a shortbed and backseat that you could remove the rear glass and backseat to gain extra open cargo space and the other was an SUV with a retracting top over the last 1/3 of the vehicle that you could retract for tall objects (I believe the commercial showed a 'fridge being taken home that way).

Now as far as mowing the lawn, maybe you can start a new trend, mowing in loincloths! LOL!

Posted by: ATrueChristian | June 22, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Having enjoyed your cartoons and sketchpad for a long time, I am now enjoying your written bogs. Please keep them all coming - do you really have to go on vacation periodically?

Posted by: malvo1 | June 22, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Having enjoyed your cartoons and sketchpad for a long time, I am now enjoying your written bogs. Please keep them all coming - do you really have to go on vacation periodically?

Posted by: malvo1 | June 22, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Having enjoyed the cartoons & sketchpad entries for a long time, I can now enjoy your written "blogs". Thank you for your work. Keep them coming - do you really have to leave on vacation periodically?

Posted by: malvo1 | June 22, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Guess one could always read Richard M. Ketchum's book, "Divided Loyalties: How the American Revolution Came to New York."

Or take the example of William Franklin, illegitimate son of Benjamon Franklin and royal governor of New Jersey, confined for two years in a cramped Litchfield, Conn. jail--Litchfield also the site where bullets where made for the Revolution from pieces of the equestrian statue of George III torn down by the Sons of Liberty from New York City's Bowling Green, where it had been erected not too many years before.

Divided loyalties, indeed. I rather liked Fareed Zakaria's monologue opening his CNN GPS program on Sunday: Let's stop villifying the oil companies. Perhaps it would be easier to do what you suggest, Mr. Cartoonist Toles, villify both the Republicans AND the British!

Posted by: laloomis | June 22, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

You said it all ....nanny-state stormtroopers. That's all you lib nitwits have to worry about. What kind of car other people drive, what kind of lawnmowers they use... worry about yourself, and leave the rest of us ALONE.
As for Barton's WORDS ??.... they are just that, words. The only thing he's guilty of is calling a spade a spade. Of course, for the not-unexpected GOP cowering and groveling... the Stupid Party is alive and well.

Posted by: Shrimper | June 22, 2010 9:06 AM | Report abuse

Hey Tom, regarding your idea for the car; the load capacity of any vehicle is more a function of the load bearing capacity of the frame and suspension. For example; it takes a 4,000 pound pickup truck to haul 1,000 (1,500 pounds if you count the people too) pounds of stuff whereas a 2,000 pound corolla can only carry 700 pounds of stuff & people. The physics are proportional. You do get some economies of scale with a giant box truck (like a furniture truck), but the physics of the axles, suspension, engine and Gross Vehicle Weight (GVWR) still rule.

Sorry, there's just no way around the math...

Posted by: BattleOffSamar | June 22, 2010 8:58 AM | Report abuse

Sandals and ANY kind of lawn mower??? Make sure you have directions to the nearest hospital.

Posted by: Geezer4 | June 22, 2010 8:16 AM | Report abuse

The Rolling Stone article! The Rolling Stone article! Do a cartoon about the Rolling Stone article! Pleeeeeeeese.

Posted by: bobbo2 | June 22, 2010 6:34 AM | Report abuse

Rep. Joe Barton certainly had a Biden moment the other day. But you must give credit to the Republicans for having a little chat with him immediately and his returning and apologizing. The Republicans did a much better job of distancing themseles from his remarks than President Obama did with the Rev. Jeremiah Wright. Your idea about a modular car is a good idea Mr. Toles. A car where you have different size rear seat and trunk sections. I do object to watching so many vehicles occupied by a driver only whizzing down the road with all of that empty space behind them to haul. Someday I will have to break myself of the desire to own a 1970 Chrysler Imperial LeBaron. A car so big it has three names and it's own zip code. But as a lover of big American cars I will always remember the ride offered by a 1976 Cadillac Coupe DeVille. Like riding on a cloud. And getting single digit gas mileage in the city. MMMMMMMMMM.

Posted by: bobbo2 | June 22, 2010 6:30 AM | Report abuse

On the lighter side-(sort of),

Now for the modern verse of a child's nursery rhyme, Jack and Jill went up to (Capitol) Hill to fetch a bail of (BP) oil, Jack fell down, hit the ground and Jill fell in oil spill behind him.

Day what is it now since April 20?? Still gushing oil and nothing but lots of blah, blah, blah.

Posted by: fromthecheapseats | June 22, 2010 12:57 AM | Report abuse

On the lighter side-(sort of),

Now for the modern verse of a child's nursery rhyme,. Jack and Jill went up to (Capitol) Hill to fetch a bail of (BP) oil, Jack fell down, hit the ground and Jill spill in the oil behind him.

Day what is it now since April 20?? Still gushing oil and nothing but lots of blah, blah, blah.

Posted by: fromthecheapseats | June 22, 2010 12:55 AM | Report abuse

Adult tantrums, runnings their mowers until they run out of gas----then they re-fill the mower at a higher rate of petrol ---then repeat moving. Whew sounds like lots of folks decided this was the best way to spend there Father's Day weekend, wasting money and energy. Seems like a trend these days in government. Bad karma brings more bad karma their way, as they wish. Peaceful is blissful.

Great sketch---much said from the sketch and Mr. Toles, and the accompanying comments, perched from my view fromthecheapseats, the rolling coaster depicts many a graph these days, umemployment, stocks, best to stop there and leave something for the imagination, as well as keep the snipers at bay.

Posted by: fromthecheapseats | June 22, 2010 12:25 AM | Report abuse

hey carbonhog- the word is emmigrating. immigrants come in and emmigrants leave. Duh. Toles has a point, he has many. We're mired in 2 stupid oil wars and watching the the Gulf of Mexico be sullied like an old wh*** because those idiots are "trying" to stop the leak while preserving the well. I'm no physics prodigy but it stands to reason that, knowing the PSI coming out of that well, one could stanch it with something that could withstand said PSI. Americans (myself included) need to get off our collective a***s and stop relying on good old petroleum, which has been subsidized by our government for years. Would take care of our obesity epidemic, too.

Posted by: dorsyn | June 21, 2010 11:34 PM | Report abuse

Tom---Maybe you should consider moving to the country and work from home. Very small country towns are great. Maybe you should sound proof your home or place loud speakers outside your home and play noisy Rock and Roll music. Maybe you could invite everyone over for a cookout be a good neighbor and try to make friends. I thought liberals were social people.

The spirit of King George is obviously laughing at all Americans who think they are actually living in a Free and Democratic Nation. I fear the spirit of Thomas Jefferson gave up a long time ago.

Posted by: JONAHandtheFISH | June 21, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Tom, liberal ideas brief well, but don't last long after implementation. For libs its just emotion with no eye toward the unintended consequences. Your neighbors deserve a case of ice cold beer. Have you ever thought about immigrating to Vietnam where you could still plow with a water buffalo? Oh yea water buffalo crap also causes global warming according to libs. Looks like you are hosed, but a very interesting blog post.

Posted by: carbonhog | June 21, 2010 7:22 PM | Report abuse

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