The staff speaks and you listen. It's that simple. This month's question is:
The price of gas passed the 4-dollars-a-gallon mark, and it's likely that it will get even more expensive during the summer driving season. Since you are all broke-ass magazine editors, will the price of fuel force any lifestyle changes?
Kevin: Because my daily commute to the Sport Truck headquarters is less than two miles, my wallet hasn't been affected too much. On the other hand, my wife and I have already made some changes to combat what extra money we have spent on fuel. This includes carpooling in our Chevy Crew Cab when going out with friends. The truck fits six, which means everyone can pitch in for gas instead of wasting it in several different vehicles. Other than those few times out, we try spending as much time as possible at home and use the trucks to mostly run quick errands. It's definitely made us aware of what is more important in our everyday lives.
Calin: I don't know if it's going to force a lifestyle change, but it has made me pull a little more maintenance on my truck. I just recently changed the oil, plugs, and air filter on my S-10 just to keep it in tiptop shape. I also made sure my tires were at the right pressure. I did these things to squeak out as many mpg as I can from the V-6. I guess the one lifestyle change I have made is controlling my heavy right foot. I've put it on a diet until gas prices become more reasonable. I have also looked into purchasing a motorcycle, but those are still pretty expensive. Knowing my budget, I'll end up on a scooter!
Mike: Like Kevin, my commute is a short one. But the wife and I take a bunch of road trips, so to save on gas we've been beating on her Honda Civic like a rented mule until it cries for mercy rather than driving the truck. I can replace the front brakes on her ricer cheaper than I can fill a fullsize truck's gas tank.
Andy: Aside from Calin, I think I have the longest commute to work, and with the gas prices being so high right now I have definitely had to make some lifestyle changes. Take this weekend for instance. I wanted a keg of Guinness, so I told our butler, Frahnk, that he must fly business class instead of taking the private jet to Dublin to pick it up for me. With gas prices so high, we just can't afford the extra things like that. I also had to stop tipping when we go out to eat. I mean come on, a $100 meal doesn't mean I need to spend an extra five bucks just for some sap to pour my wine.
Sport Truck Slang Term O' The Month
#6,969: Fab (fa?b) n., v.
As in fabrication or to fabricate something. This doesn't mean to lie about how fast your truck is or when the last time you had sex was. To fab something means to build it from scratch, like a cool new part for your truck. Try this on for size the next time some foo' asks you for lunch money when you're out and about: "Man, I'd give you that buck but I just used it to buy a new cartridge roll for my die grinder. I'm gonna fab some new shock mounts after work, and I'm using the cartridge roll to clean up the edges of my gussets."