Winter 2008 Forward to a Friend

Your Turn Letters from our Readers

Gallery Forester

Gallery Forester
I am a sculptor living on St. Simons Island, which is off of the Georgia coast. I need to lug around big uncarved pieces of wood to my studio and carved wooden sculptures to various galleries. With my 2003 Forester, I can fold down the back seat and easily slide in a 54-inch, 200-pound walnut wood carving.

- David Millman, St. Simons Island, GA


… my Subaru transports rescued cairn terriers out of horrible living conditions …

Gone to the Dogs
I am owned by two cairn terriers (or terrorists as their behavior dictates) who love to ride in my Subaru Forester! They come along, always seatbelted in, as often as allowed. But more importantly, my Subaru transports rescued cairn terriers out of horrible living conditions, and into a safe foster home. They will get all needed veterinary care, top-quality nutrition, a clean place to sleep, and fresh outdoor spaces for play. And they will get a foster family to love them until their forever family comes along.

Of course, I am not the only transporter. A total of 433 drivers have transported dogs so far this year. In road miles, the transport tram has logged almost 155,000 miles as of August 30. We usually drive between four and eight hours round trip. Because my Subaru is so dependable, I never hesitate to commit to drive. So yes, my Subaru is definitely “for the dogs” in the most positive literal sense!

- Karen Gemind, Fruit Cove, FL


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Fen Man and Fen Lady
Eleven years ago my wife started a new job, which required purchasing a second vehicle. We bought a used Subaru, which she fell in love with. With the children off to live their own lives, I too bought a new Subaru Outback. My wife has twice replaced her car with new Subaru Forester models, and I have replaced my original Outback three times.

Our license plates, FEN MAN and FEN LADY, have become well-known in our community as we are the Volunteer Stewards at Lake in the Hills Fen, a state-dedicated nature preserve. The All-Wheel Drive has been a godsend, especially in the winter as we need to drive through snow that covers what were plowed fields before they were purchased by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. This last winter one of the access tracks had snowdrifts to the top of the driver’s window, but we were able to drive through them. The excellent heater was much appreciated when we went there working on a day when it was 23 below zero wind chill!

Every Saturday and Sunday, year round, we take volunteers out on the preserve for restoration work; they are amazed at the way the Outback handles the terrain.

- Alan and Barbara Wilson, Lake in the Hills, IL

Two-Tuba Transport
I purchased my first Subaru three years ago as a replacement vehicle following a traumatic accident. The safety features of the Forester gave me the security that I needed to get back on the road.

The storage capacity of the Forester has been helpful in hauling all of life’s necessities to college dormitories. When my daughter decided to study abroad, I was concerned about transporting her to the airport with two tubas in flight cases, a large duffel bag full of clothing, and a carry-on backpack. The Forester handled the load very comfortably. I love my Subaru.

- Nancy Desilet, Hampstead, MD

Whom Do You Call?
Drive magazine is one of the highest quality publications that I receive on a regular basis, which prompts this rather minor complaint; the incorrect use of the word who in the heading “Who Do You Call?” [Fall 2007 Your Turn] Whom is the correct case in this sentence (objective) rather than who (subjective) – “Whom do you call?” would be correct.

You are probably thinking “Here is an old retired English teacher with way too much time on his hands.” The retired teacher part is correct, but my subject area was Industrial Arts, not English. It is just that I hold the English language in high regard, and I hate to see it continued to be misused as it is today.

Who versus whom is just the tip of the very large iceberg of misuse.

- Richard Martinson, St. Cloud, MN


I finished eating quickly and went over there. Once in the showroom, I immediately walked over to the Forester and knew I would buy it.

Love at First Sight
My Subaru Forester is the best car I’ve ever had. It was love at first sight.

I needed a new car and happened to be having lunch right across the street from a Subaru dealership. The waiter said he had one and that many of his friends and family members did, too. He highly recommended it. What could I do? I finished eating quickly and went over there. Once in the showroom, I immediately walked over to the Forester and knew I would buy it. Within seconds I called my sister on my cell phone and told her I was buying this phenomenal car and I thought she should buy one, too. She arrived in minutes and we each took off in separate vehicles for an awesome test-drive. We both bought the Forester. It was a family affair.

- Andrea Miller, East Patchogue, NY

Map-Reading Exercise
I have enjoyed all the seasons of Telluride as depicted in your magazine; however, I am sure you know that Highway 145 does not go through Telluride as shown on the map at the end of the article. Highway 145 makes a right turn and goes up the mountain to Mountain Village. If you leave Highway 145 and go straight, you end up in Telluride.

- Michelle Stewart, Fayetteville, NC

According to the maps we’ve seen, the road going through Telluride is Spur 145. – ed.