On a narrow, leafy street in Northwest Washington, where Prius hybrid cars and Volvos are the norm, one man bought a flashy gray Hummer that was too massive to fit in his garage.
So he parked the seven-foot-tall behemoth on the street in front of his house and smiled politely when his eco-friendly neighbors looked on in disapproval at his "dream car."
It lasted five days on the street before two masked men took a bat to every window, a knife to each 38-inch tire and scratched into the body: "FOR THE ENVIRON."
The gutless wonders who did this must be proud.
And, of course, the neighborhood is aghast, isn't it?
Now, as Groves ponders what to do with the remains of his $38,000 SUV, he has been the target of a number of people who have driven by the crime scene in his upscale neighborhood and glared at him in smug satisfaction.
"I'd say one in five people who come by have that 'you-got-what-you-deserve' look," said his friend Andy Sexton, 27, who is visiting from Arkansas and has been helping Groves deal with fallout from the crime.
Look, this place is supposed to be about freedom and liberty, not unquestioning conformity, especially to unproven nonsense. But obviously that's not true among the 'environmentally conscious' is it?
"The neighborhood in general is very concerned with the environment," said [Lucille] Liem, whose Prius gets about 48 miles a gallon compared with the Hummer's 14 miles a gallon. "It's more liberal leaning. It's ridiculous to be driving a Hummer."
Is it? Gee where I come from, it comes down to personal choice and private property. I wonder how Ms. Priss would react to the same two heroes taking a swing at her hybrid?
There was, apparently, at least one neighbor with leanings similar to Lucille Liem who at least appears to be disturbed by the whole thing:
Another neighbor, Lani Fremaux, 58, said she bought a T-shirt months ago with a picture of a Hummer and above it the word "Bummer." She wore the shirt proudly but said she is so upset with recent events on her street that she might retire it.
"They've got everything at their disposal in this city to make a statement in a legal way," Fremaux said of the bat-wielding men who struck out at the Hummer. "I consider this a hate crime."
Well I consider it a crime and for one hope the two cowards who did it are prosecuted to the full extent of the law. But Ms. Fremaux at least gives me some hope that that neighborhood isn't indicative of what America is becoming.