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the true definition of "curbside delivery"

Perk of owning a 4x4 truck: When a curb gets in your way, run over it.

It's a quarter after seven in the morning and I just came back from Dunkin' Donuts. One of their delivery trucks (why it was there at this time of the day I have no idea) was blocking an entrance, so I had to swing around the building and use the other one.

After I got my coffee, I examined the curb next to the entrance that was blocked. Didn't look too high.

Yep. This is do-able.

So I ran over it. I'm sure that several other people looked in shock as my truck bounced up and over the curb. Front wheels, whuh-FUM! Back wheels, whum-FUM! Over the median, then comes the landing on the other side, BOOM! and BOOM! Done deal. Out I went.

Was this illegal? Probably. But I don't care.

I have enjoyed the ground clearance of trucks ever since I started owning them years ago.

I remember the first time I ran over a curb. It was with my '94 S-10 Blazer at the Xtra Mart in Putnam Connecticut (the one on School Street for those who live around there). That place has one of the worst designed parking lots. It's tight, cramped and just, well.. awful. I parked next to the store, went in, got my stuff, went out. All of a sudden there's cars everywhere in this tiny lot with no way out. I look at my dad, he looks at me. I said Think I can make that curb? He says Yeah, I think so.

Whuh-FUM, Whuh-FUM, BOOM, BOOM. Left on to May Street, stop, turn right on 12/44, off I go.

Awesome.

Turned out it worked so well that the guy behind me did the exact same thing in his truck.

Since then I run over curbs wherever it suits me, but only if I absolutely have to.

What's funny to me is that all these people who drive the big SUV's and pickup trucks never realize they can do this.

And yes I always get a chuckle whenever I see anyone staring in horror as I, oh, I dunno, use a truck how it's meant to be used. 🙂

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