The Evolution of "Stuff": A Grown-up Picture Book

After reading this post from Dustin, and reflecting on all the stroller-loving goodness at Daddy Types, I thought I would engage in a little adult evolutionary theory. 



1997: There you are. Two students, living in Toronto. Other than your limited personal possessions, you get around on the subway. A year TWO years later (thanks Brianna), you decide you want to venture out of the city, so you get one of these:
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2001: You've moved. Away from the Big City. You both have jobs. Jobs, oddly enough, that take you in totally opposite directions each morning, and so you decide that public transit isn't going to cut it. You get another car. Now the contents of your driveway look thus:
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2002: New job! Close to home! Walking distance, even!! You sell this:
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2003: You're engaged. You buy one of these:

...and park your remaining car (Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting)beside it, and you begin to feel a little lighter. A little free-er.

2004: First child comes along. You obtain, among other things, this:

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And then, because that thing is a total tank (and you had to trade in your membership at the gym because you had no time to go), you acquire one of these!

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And, because the two above child-carrying devices aren't shopping-mall friendly, you shell out $12 for one of these:
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Only now, the trunk of this (Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting) is no longer spacious enough to carry the two of you, the kid, the stroller, and anything more than an origami swan, so you sell your remaining car and get one of THESE:
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...and while completely roomy and comfortable, it feels like complete overkill. But hey, you can take the whole team to Ultimate Frisbee practice now.

2006: Second child comes along. The Odyssey looks more like a holding pen for delinquent child transporters. Also, you now have a small problem: One parent + two kids at home = stroller overcapacity. Solution?
THIS!
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You now have nearly every stroller situation licked.

You fear you may start to consider a bigger vehicle. Or a bigger house. But wait!  It doesn't take long before you trade up to this:

...but you may have to build a holding pen for all the wheels. Or use the garage and park the Odyssey outside.

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~fin~



Cast:
the Honda Civic
the Toyota Corolla
quaint 1-and-a-half storey post-war home
the Graco stroller system
the BOB Sport Utility Stroller
the generic umbrella stroller
the Honda Odyssey
the Chariot Cougar 2 CTS with running kit (mrrrow)
house-of-my-dreams
Hummer H3


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Posted bythemikestand at 8:49 AM  

2 stepped up to the mike:

Big Daddy said... 5:47 PM, May 10, 2006  

That's funny. But a Hummer? Are you guys not having the same fuel cost issues that we are?

coolbeans said... 11:49 PM, May 10, 2006  

You can only get a Hummer if you buy the bright yellow one.

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