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Confessions of a “Gas Guzzler”

I’m a “gas guzzler” and proud of it.

There that feels much better now.

I’m also not “enlightened”.

Biggest Gas Guzzlers

Typically the bigger the autos and the higher their performance, the more gas they’re going to need. That’s not considered a good thing in these enlightened times, on a planet with a finite supply of fossil fuels.  {Emphasis added.}

See I drive a Chevy Express 12 Passenger Van, along with a lot of other folks I know.  My average gas mileage is 15 miles per gallon which can be painful at times, especially when gas prices go up.  However, our family of seven doesn’t fit in a Toyota Prius.

But the supposedly “enlightened” are not too smart.  They seemed to have hopped on the “green” bandwagon without really thinking the issue through.

So for the fun of it here goes ….

Here are some facts:

I drive seven people at a rate of 15 miles per gallon.

Many, many cars I pass when driving only have one person in them.

After searching all over the net I found the average gas mileage of the average auto in the USA is 20 miles per gallon.

So for that rate of one person driving, the average auto gets 20 miles per gallon per person per auto.   Or to makeup a new unit of measure 20 people miles per gallon. ( 1 person times 20 miles per gallon.)

I, on the other hand, get 15 miles per gallon per auto per 7 people.

That comes out to an equivalent comparison of 105 people miles per gallon.  (7 people times 15 miles per gallon.)

But add to that I can transport up to 12 people which I often do because it is more fun for families to travel together and of course cheaper.  So that can translate to up to 180 people miles per gallon.  (12 times 15 miles per gallon.)

Granted some people do transport more than just one person.  But the average American family of two children and two adults in the average car translates into just 80 people miles per gallon.  (4 times 20 miles per gallon.)   But really in the average American family how many ride together regularly?  Both parents work and drive separate cars and once the teen is old enough they drive separate also.  The children are driven extra miles to school or daycare so the parent can drive to work.  Divorce throws an extra kink in the matter also because so many families are affected.

One Chevy express can cut down on the traffic and the cost of road repairs.  One van verses up to 7 – 12 different cars.  One van causing wear on the road verses 7 to 12 cars.

Throw in the pollution reduction of running one engine verses seven engines.

Just think what a 15 passenger Express can do with a family of fifteen!  (225 people miles per gallon.)

So here is the real “green” solution.

Everyone needs a large family.  Large families are more efficient than small families.  That is just a fact accept it. 🙂

Everyone needs a large van to transport that large family.  Until you fill yours up transport another family also.

Everyone needs to be family integrated and attend a family integrated church that way everyone can drive together and not have so many separate activities.

Everyone can homeschool that way they can stay home most of the time.  No transporting children to school and daycare.  I try to have one errand day which is used for music and shopping, compare that to transporting children to school and back five days a week.

Limit outside activities for the children.  Children don’t need an activity every day of the week.  We try to stick to one extra curricular activity.

Divorce is very anti “green” so no divorce.  No explanation should be necessary.

Wives working affects the “green” line so SAHM are much more “green.”

Now if they would just make Chevy Expresses Green instead of the standard white I could truly be “green”. 🙂

Update:  Can you believe I forgot to add in that I can haul five people and two llamas! See Here and Here.  Plus we regularly haul chickens, goats, dogs, cats and whatever is the next farm adventure. 🙂  All without a trailer.

Hopefully no feelings were hurt in the production of this post.

Brought to you by the soapbox in the “green” white Express.



New Meets Newest

The new farm residents got to meet the newest farm residents yesterday evening.

Lady surprised us by having her babies in the wooded area of the pasture.  Usually our baby goats are all born in the barn.  If the pattern holds the remaining nannies will kid within the week also.  So lots of babies to care for and lots of milking to do.  Oh, my aching hands and back!  But hopefully some good yogurt. 🙂



We got two adult female llamas yesterday.  It was strange to transport them both in our van.  Chevy Express vans are surprisingly multipurpose. 🙂

Driving through some towns on the way home we got quite a few strange stares.  At one traffic light I was sitting watching for the light to change.  Then the kids all said “Look he’s taking pictures!”  A gentleman in the car next to us had his cell phone aimed at us taking pictures.  Glad I could share some humor with others along the way.  We probably would have done the same if we’d have had a camera with us and seen llamas in a van.

After driving for 2 1/2 hours we arrived here with no difficulties.  Most of the time the llamas were cushed down in the van.  Cush is lying in a sternal position.  A couple of times they stood and shifted positions.  I drove up into the barn yard and opened the back van doors.  Prissy soon hopped right out of the van after checking everything out.  Honey though preferred the comfort of the van.  She didn’t want to jump out.  She even laid back down a couple of times.  Finally we just went ahead and urged her on out.  They did not soil the car at all.  Just had some hay tracked in from the barn.  Prissy hopped right out of the van and soon went to do her business just like a traveling dog would do.

They have since had to meet goats, chickens and two goat-sized Great Pyrenees dogs.  Thankfully they have been very well-behaved, much better than I expected.  No person has been spit at.  They’ve put up with the kids petting and brushing them.  They both lead pretty well.  Honey is lower in the pecking order of llamas here and for some reason she has been spit at twice by Prissy.  We don’t know what she did wrong nor does it seem Honey really knows either.  Thankfully the spit was just a slight spewing of a mouthful of hay.  Nothing major.  It could always be worse.  There are levels of spitting in llamas.  Prissy’s was just like a sneeze with some hay in her mouth.  Other spits can include stomach contents, not just mouth contents. Normally llamas do not spit at people, just other animals, unless very upset or spoiled.  {I know too much information,  but now you know.  🙂 }

Honey is more timid.  She has hummed a lot.  She hummed in the van most of the way.  Lying down in the car her hum sounded like gentle quiet snoring with the same consistent tone and timing.  Walking around, her hum has been very soft and has such a sad sound to it; very similar to a cat purring.  She is probably humming because of being in a different place with a bunch of strangers.  While her hum is so soft and sweet sounding, it probably means she is stressed and unsettled.  Of course, we don’t know if she is only humming when we are around or if it is most of the time.

They are sharing a stall in the barn.  They move easily between the barn stall and the small paddock beside the barn.  We haven’t turned them out into the large pasture yet.  Wanted to get them used to the routine of coming to the barn for the night and get them used to us before we turned them loose in several acres.  Needless to say we didn’t get much school done the last two days.

Pictures coming when the computer and website cooperate. 😉