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By Peter Turnbull:
The industry built around repairing equipment failure in American men is huge, larger, when you factor in the costs of research, regulatory clearance, marketing and sales (at $17 bucks a pop for Viagra, Levitra, Cialis) than the combined economic output of Surname, Somalia, Belize, Monaco, and Sierra Leone. And it’s worth every cent.
There are a few things a guy doesn’t chintz on. Along with good tires and good scotch, a working organ is one of them. Yet, all things aren’t equal.
A recent survey showed Atlanta ranked in the top five of American cities in road rage, which came as no surprise to anybody who lives and has tried to drive here, as I have, for decades, without either killing or being killed, maiming or being maimed, or, in our distinctly Southern way, getting in some kind of roadside rhubarb with guns, knives, or tire tools. No, for us, the results of this survey weren’t shocking. They were disappointing, because, over the years we’ve come to take a kind of pride in what, for lack of another better term, I’ll call “Southern Hostitality” — violence behind the wheel that is as organic to Southerners as moonshine running and NASCAR. Atlanta really is a delightfully hellish place to drive. It’s a place where there’s no better way for a man or woman to start a conversation with a stranger than to ask: […]