The Newcomer

Guys and their toys

by Frances Potts

Over lunch the other day, we women were puzzling over the immaturity of the men who need their toys. You know, the ones who think a garage is empty unless it has at least three cars parked in it and a pair of ATVs and a boat alongside.

It's a guy thing, we agreed, something to which a woman just can't relate.

I held that smug attitude until I started flipping through the Jeep Gear brochure that showed up in my mail.

Although I never expect to take my Jeep Liberty Sport off road, the "Ultimate Tailgate Kit" struck me as being extremely practical. It comes with a canopy that can stand alone or attach to my vehicle, a table with built-in cooler and two folding chairs that feature insulated cup holders and bottle openers. There's even a remote-control light for my after-dark picnics.

The rochure says this kit is what Jeep enthusiasts imagine when they think "luxury suite." I wholeheartedly agree, if you throw in the fleece, roll-up blanket on page 13.

Next came an irresistible wheeled duffel stylishly marked WITH the Jeep logo! And can you believe a canvas CD case, a Trail Tracker journal with pen and a dome tent complete with two hanging cup holders and two Jeep organizer pockets? I mean, is this Paradise or what?

And I wasn't even halfway through the brochure.

The Jeep radio flashlight with pop-up safety flasher and a stainless steel explorer watch that's water resistant to 165 feet had me drooling. But when I began to think it would take a second Jeep to hold all this good stuff, I yelled, "Whoa, Momma!", andtossed the brochure acreoss the room.

I may never truly understand the intriguing pathways of the male mind, but I think I came dangerously close.

And it was just a tad scary.

. Frances Potts is a retired journalist who worked for several newspapers in Washington state.


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