For years I have been bugging my wife for a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. YEARS! I drove her insane! It got so bad that in the car as a family (well minus the wife of course) me and the girls played JEEP!!! Instead of "punchbuggy" or "slugbug" we played JEEP!!! JEEP is a far superior game to those other silly Volkswagen games. My girls know the difference between a hardtop, softtop Jeep and know you get extra points for calling out a "naked jeep" (thats one with the top down in the summer - for you non-jeepers). My girls also know the ultimate score is the infamous and elusive "ultra naked jeep" (top down and no doors) that is cause for major points! The girls even know to grunt like Tim the "Tool Man" Taylor when we see a "Beefy" Rubicon with big beefy tires. Hrggggg hrghhh hrhggg hrggg hrgggg!
Finally in January, the long wait was over, the dream became a reality and our new adventure vehicle came home with us. We are now the new and proud owners of a Mango Tango Jeep Unlimited Sahara. The wife can't do much wrong for a while. I wasn't sure who was more excited me or the girls when we got the Jeep. They would sigh when the wife would pick them up or take them to school in her car. They didn't want to be seen in her ride any more they wanted the Jeep. I have taken over chauffeur duties at their request.
The past months have been great getting used to the Jeep. I even took "George" (will explain the name in second) on his first adventure in February on my first camping trip of the year. George or better yet Mr. "A" (Anderson) was my Scoutmaster growing up. I figured he took us all over and everywhere on all sorts of adventures as young scouts. Had it not been for Mr. A, I would have never reached my goal of becoming an Eagle Scout or been the outdoor nut I am today. And so knowing that this Jeep can take me anywhere we dubbed it George, after all the Jeep slogan is "Go Anywhere".
Even the girls call the Jeep by George now. "Daddy, George needs a wash he is dirty". "Daddy are we taking George to school today...Rightttt". Ahh it warms my heart. However, something has happened recently, that even I didn't know about owning a Jeep and I thought I had researched everything about the vehicle. If you remember I was slightly obsessed. Only slightly. :)
While driving around about a month back the wife asked what I was doing. "Who was that you waved at"? she asked. My response, "my brother". Perplexed, because my brother lives 1200 miles away. She needed an explanation. I had to explain the "Jeep Wave" (Urban Dictionary defines as: When two jeep wranglers pass each other on opposite sides of the road, one of the drivers initiates the wave and the other waves back symbolism some sort of bondage between jeep owners.)
I gotta tell yeah I love this. Especially on those days when stuff isn't going right, or your in a hurry and all of a sudden you look down the road and see another Jeep coming towards you, and then they wave and you wave back. Its an awesome feeling of knowing that there are other like-minded adventure seekers (brothers and sisters) out there just like you. The wife thought that this was some freak occurrence and that the other Jeep owner was only waving because I waved and they were being polite, so she made me wait... they still waved! HA!
So to all you fellow like-minded, Jeep owning brothers and sister adventure seekers out there... I'm waving at yeah!
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