Our neighbors here in civilized little Wassenaar work for the Dutch foreign service, and keep their Land Rover, and their memories of Africa, squeezed into the hedged garden beside their house while they endure a home posting. They'll have to bust out eventually. The machine has certainly seen wilder days--their last posting was Namibia, before that Kazakstan and Sri Lanka. Expensive Dutch road tax keeps the LR in cold storage here, though Wassenaar is such a prosperous town that you see a lot of LR's cruising the handsome little streets. Conspicuous vehicular consumption, I guess. Reminds me of the Range Rover moment in Montecito, twenty years ago.
- Brooklin, Maine, United States
- We own a 1975 GMC Sierra Grande 15 in Maine and an '86 Chevrolet Custom Deluxe 10 in West Texas. Also a pair of '97 Volvo 850 wagons. Average age in the fleet is 24 years-we're recyclers. I've published 2 novels: THE LAW OF DREAMS (2006), and THE O'BRIENS (2012), and 2 collections of stories NIGHT DRIVING (1987), and TRAVELLING LIGHT (2013). More of my book stuff at www.peterbehrens.org I was a Fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study for 2012-13. I'll be teaching at Colorado College and Wichita State in 2013-14.