At some point probably most of us have wondered to ourselves, why did I buy a Jeep? What is it about this vehicle that so motivated me to buy it? Why do I spend hours researching parts to make it do what it does, but better? Why do I still love it despite the fact that it doesn't have a nice supple ride? What is so attractive about a rolling 4000 pound cinder block? Some say "It's a Jeep thing, you wouldn't understand."
I have come to understand that what it is about a Jeep is not so much about the vehicle itself, but rather about the people that buy them. At least that's it for me. A Jeep is not simply transportation like a Camry or a Fusion, it is much more than that. It is, for me, equipment. The purpose of that equipment is to afford me the ability to leave the road behind and take myself into the wilderness where at some point I will stop, shut down the engine and just enjoy the absolute abscense of modern civilization. No traffic, or cell phones, or people scurrying about all worried about who Britney is doing now. None of that silly nonsense, just something that is perfect and serene and unscathed by progress. Just nature.
Some might argue that there are a number of vehicles that could accomplish this task. They would be right. But as much as I love to get away from the hustle and bustle of American life, God help me I love this country. It is the greatest country ever brought forth in the history of human civilization. To that end I would rather drive a vehicle that is made in this country, by Americans so that I might support my fellow Americans and by extension my country. I've had my share of foriegn made vehicles to be sure. But no longer. Our culture has bred this sort of mind set of doing everything the cheapest and most expedient way. Many things have gone wrong with our culture, I think chiefly among them is that we don't allow men to be men anymore. We try to wussify them and shame them with our politicially correct bulls**t, pardon my French. But that's a whole other thread.
For me as a man, and as an American, and as a lover of nature, a Jeep just makes sense. It is all of those things embodied in a vehicle. It is masculine and tough, it is American and it is the vehicle you prefer when you want to get out into nature. I am new to the whole Jeep experience, but I really believe I have found my niche with regards to vehicles of choice. I can't imagine driving anything else. My Jeep is more reflective of me as a person than anything I have ever driven. I guess that's "A Jeep Thing". What is your "jeep thing?"