Your Car and Who You Are

David L.

Staff Writer

As we journey through every day of our existence, we come into contact with more cars and populaces than we could ever count. We are surrounded by thousands and thousands of personalities, from the flamboyant and cocky to the meek and humble. Such character is often easily interpreted by using the standard American method of “judging a book by its cover.” Such an action is often frowned upon by the many anti-Cars 2 DLbigots, but the method that has been proven fool-proof is that of judging people by the vehicles they drive.  Consistent results have been seen after extensive experimentation conducted by the WHS Paw Print. The way one first comes into interaction with another’s car is usually through external, visual contact (This is as long as you are not a victim of a kidnapping.). Everyone’s car can be identified by its outside features, from its color, frame, and style, to its scratches, dents, and numerous annoying stickers found on the rear windshield. In this era, people use their cars to project their opinions, styles, and emotions to everyone outside and inside their social circle.

Anyone and everyone with a semi-decent education knows that someone’s car clearly displays how attractive the person is. A perfect model of this concept can be seen with Luke Chamberlin, Mr. GQ and a Woodstock High School junior, who states, “I have a truck because trucks are sexy, and I’m sexy.” Chamberlin often uses his car to portray his flamboyant attractiveness to the outside world. He states, “My body is a gift to the world, but I can’t always please the world when I’m on the road, so that’s why I have a truck.” This in turn implies that an unattractive car represents an unattractive person. When the WHS newspaper asked senior Chris Farmer his opinion on what someone would look like if they drove an unattractive car, Farmer stated, “If someone is up in some nasty car, man, he gotta be ratchet. Like no doubt.”  This conclusive evidence simplifies that we as people are often created by the car we have. Junior Rachel Steppe confirms, saying, “Well yeah, before I had my car, I never even knew what I was supposed to look like.” It is easy to say that one should find a more attractive car to become more appealing for the community.

Another unfamiliar idea is that vehicles are used to portray one’s personality. Evidence of this is seen through junior Yahna Butcher, who says, “My car is covered in dents and duct-tape because I am a fun and adventurous person.” Among those who find Cars DLtheir cars with constant body-work being done are those who prefer to display a different image. Mr. John Bell, Woodstock High School’s renowned AP Statistics teacher, says, “I believe most people would imagine me driving a black BMW because it’s classy and majestic.” This is seen to be true because when the WHS Paw Print interviewed Steppe, a previous student of Mr. Bell, about her perspective on what she imagined Mr. Bell driving, Steppe responded, “I could see Mr. Bell driving a black, snazzy, sedan.” Though all of this has been said, Mr. Bell actually drives a truck because he sees himself much the same way that Chamberlin does. The idea of a car describing someone’s personality even extends to comedian Mr. Jeff Foxworthy, who stated, “If you drive a camo truck where you have to climb up more than two steps to open your door, you gotta be a red-neck.” Changing a car’s appearance obviously will help one’s first impression.

Thankfully for the oblivious portion of the population, someone’s car also describes his/her motives. This might be the most useful tool in the arsenal of a judger. Kyle Gonzalez, a former WHS student, says, “When I got my car, I made sure it had a lot of space so I can take a lot of girls around.” Farmer also has his car to show the world who he cars 3 Dlis; he said, “My car shows that I’m swaging everywhere I go.” Knowing that someone’s car also describes his/her true intentions is convenient for the conscious civilians who make it out of their house from time to time. Steppe states, “I’m pretty sure anyone who drives a plain, white, boxy van is obviously either a potential felon or a yard-worker.” In order to conceal one’s intentions, it would be credible to alter the vehicle one drives.

It is important to know that everyone who travels down the sidewalk of life is bound to be judged by someone, somewhere, and it should be an implicit duty that one might make the correct first impression. This is easily and frequently obtained by just a mere glance of what one chooses to drive, which completely describes all that someone is. From what one looks like, who he/she is as a person, and all that person is about, a car is not just an object; it is life.

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