Treated to a birds eye view of a Lexus LUV (that's a "luxury" SUV), we watched as the vehicle screeched and squealed over and over in a circle cutting "doughnuts" in a teenage cloud of dust and rubber as a voice proudly tells us, "Yes you can, no you shouldn't."
Touting the horsepower of four times the average American's IQ, I was left struck wondering, "in this age of declining oil supplies and carbon dioxide emissions sealing humanity's darkening destiny, just who in the fuck is this commercial designed for anyway?"
But there's this Lexus, just a big overpriced, over powered, glorified family "station wagon" for Christ's sake, and they're using it like a pre-licensed 15 year old adolescent idiot without regard for scarce gas and rubber, abusing the vehicle and the environment just because "you can"?
Leaping for the remote, I slammed the damn TV off as I pondered what I had just witnessed. Like so many things today are prone to do, it left me questioning my sanity when suddenly I recalled a quote I had read several days earlier: "A first sign of the beginning of understanding is the wish to die."
Immediately recalling where I had read that, I abruptly sprang up in search of last Friday's New York Times crossword. It was a clue to that puzzle! The answer had unexpectedly come to me.
"Understanding as a wish to die" was something said by Franz "Kafka." It was the answer to 42 across. It took nearly four days, but thanks to a little patience, my insanity, and the makers of Lexus, it came to me.