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Just got picked on by a C-MAX!

Discussion in 'Gen 3 Prius Main Forum' started by WilMent, Feb 27, 2013.

  1. WilMent

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    :ROFLMAO: I've heard about that one. People don't realize even regular soldiers are much stronger physically. We have just had a friendly competition against local firefighter in their Fireman Challenge. They told us their fire resistant uniform and oxygen tanks weights quite a bit, combine that with running up and down the stairs and carrying 180 lbs dummies is not to be underestimated. When we suited up and turned the oxygen on, well we almost halved their best times in the challenge. Not to take anything away from our firefighters, they are quite fit compare to the average citizen and was no match when it came down to physical abilities of a line soldier. We are used to carrying well over 100 lbs of equipment running around in horrid conditions with adrenaline pumping all day. Those wannabe gangsters never had a chance!

    I am not asking for special treatment at all. I am very used to rude and rush hour city driving, I was originally from New York and Boston, both ranked E and F for road safety and courtesy. But at least most of them just cut you off and speed off, none of this I will tailgate you and flash my lights BS.

    I agree driving a Prius is not an Army norm, I've received quite a few smart comment about my Prius from my buddies.
     
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    I've been thinking that everytime they air them. Dirty advertising because they compare the cmax to the prius V. Not even the same class. average joe doesn't know there are multiple prii and they prey on that.
     
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    I agree it is not the best business practice even if it was the same class. However, if they don't research a little before making a major purchase then I feel no sympathy for them either. I liked the C-MAX for as long as it took my research to change my mind...1o minutes. At bare minimum, at least google "Product name" + "review" even for smaller purchases.
     
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    Good for you, and thanks for your service. You were all driving 5 mph under the speed limit, and no one got hurt. I'm glad you were able to put a moron driver in his place. Maybe he'll learn something from it.
     
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    Customers will experience real world mpg soon after buying, but really how long can this advertising continue when C-Max is off by 10 mpg while Hyundai/Kia got slammed for 1-2 mpg.
    California firms sue Ford over fuel efficiency claims for 2 hybrids | The Detroit News | detroitnews.com
     
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    ETC(SS) The OTHER One Percenter.....

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    Concur.
    I was a little peeved when I first read this for two reasons:
    1. I don't get to drive a Prius....I have to drive a Prius. It's a company car, and I like eating and sleeping indoors. We already have more than our fair share of..." ambassadors."
    2. Obliviously...I'm in the military as well. I joined in 80, and I served with a lot of Nam vets who were finishing out their 20, so I get the whole PTSD thing. If it's causing you to lose the bubble...get treatment or counseling otherwise you're going to wind up like a lot of the people I knew back in the day when they just called them flashbacks and the only known treatments were down at the club or at the VFW. I've got 2 OIF tours of my own, but I was luckier than you were....no CAB (we use CARs in the canoe club.)

    I was also a kid once myself...so I know how it goes.
    I used to have big ole bulging buckets of bright brass balls too. :D
    Thanks for going over.


    What did "boxing somebody in" mean in Iraq?
    Please don't try that down here on the Redneck Riviera!


    Little?
    People who drive (or build) small cars always seem to have this Napoleonic complex. :rolleyes:
    They also pick names that are hard to pluralize.
    Prius.....Priuses.
    C-max....C-maxuses??? And you gotta love the name! c-MAX???? Is that like calling a really REALLY big guy...Tiny?
    It's a Focus with a facelift! :eek:
    Relax and enjoy your ride home. You don't have to wear 72 pounds of battle-rattle and the A/C works. No helmet headache, you can scratch a helluva lot more places, and the radio works somewhat decently. ;)
     
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    Maybe the C-Max was trying to draft off of you in an attempt to beat the Prius' mighty MPG's?
     
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    This precisely articulates one of the many reasons that we need to find a better way of dealing with other people than war. We are turning our own people into dangers to themselves, and us. I wish you all the best in returning to a more sane life.
     
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    To wrap this thread up. Perception is a very individual thing. Sensing danger and different levels of danger also varies greatly from person to person. Although, my experiences might have triggered a defensive response, my actions IMO were nowhere near extreme. Soldiers coming home from war has a stigma against them. It seems that we are associated with random acts of violence, i.e. FT Hood shooting or Gun man who ran and hid in MT. Rainer (Those did not even go to war as far as I know). Since there is quite a few national news incidents about Vets and soldiers, we do get placed in the same group in the public eye. And I am not sour about that. Believe me I've had my fair share of prejudices against people of the Middle East. The deployment changed my views and I saw families like you and I, kind and friendly people just trying to get by and provide for their families.

    I am not an aggressive person, however, if you bring unprovoked conflict to my face, I am likely to react and put an end to your threat. If you break into my house, I will shoot you. Like I said, people react differently. Many will hide and call the cops, but I will shoot and call the cops after to clean the mess up. IMHO I do not feel I am insane to react to threat and to overpower that threat in self defense. I understand getting tailgated and cutoff is not comparable to the above mentioned, but my reaction is not either.
     
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    Just to clear up a possible misunderstanding, I was not trying to say that you were in any way insane, but the situation that you were IN was.
     
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    :) I was clarifying myself. I think as the thread went on, people mixed up what I actually did and what I thought I might have done if it would have happened right after the deployment. No harm no foul (What did I tell you about my defensive mechanisms:ROFLMAO: )
     
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    If only it was that easy...

    Everybody snaps, once in a while. Keeping your cool seems to get easier as you age, no kidding. And keeping your cool is always preferable, for all parties. How about this:

    Even if you don't want to acknowledge it here, just entertain the notion that maybe playing games on the road is not a good idea. Even when it's just getting drawn into someone else's instigation. That it might get you, them, or some third party, injured or killed.
     
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    Please read other pages of the thread
    "at the moment I felt the need to defend myself and teach that moron a lesson. Hindsight 20/20, I would probably not do it again the same way." (quoting myself)

    Believe me when I say this, I have never "snapped" at least not how I define the word. "Snapping" means I would have rammed his car off the road, took out my 45 and repeatedly shot him. Like I said, it is all perception, everyone has their own way of dealing with "instigation" We are not going to change each others minds. So please, read this thread for entertainment purposes.

     
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    Perhaps counseling could help reduce your urge to behave in a manner that is inappropriate for your current circumstances.
     
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    Doesn't that mileage calculation assume that electricity is free? My guess is that two or three gallons of diesel are burned, generating and transmitting electricity used to charge the Volt batteries, for every gallon of gas that is supposedly saved.
     
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    I appreciate your concern, I know the timeline on this thread and what I said I did or would have done is getting all mixed up. I have been back for quite some time now. And have been through counseling. I respect everyone's opinions. And I would like to clarify this again, the level of force I used to respond to the aggressors IMO was no greater. It was annoyance tactics that lasted all but a mile. Risk assessment is different for everyone. Some might think it was the most dangerous thing they have ever seen, and some will think it was funny. In the end, we will not change anyone's minds but please read with entertainment in mind.
     
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    It would be interesting to see if someone did an in depth calculation on the PIP threads about that. I wonder how much more their electric bills were.
     
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    The local military bases, with a very large influx of returning combat veterans, have created a huge demand for such service. But the services provided have been quite inadequate, and one of the facilities has even been caught overturning many PTSD diagnoses and cutting off treatment to those in need.
     
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    This thread is making me so defensive argh:notworthy: . I need to do what I did on other threads HIJACK:D I wonder what the blog lingo is for hijacking your own thread, or changing the topic. (See what I did there :ROFLMAO: )