Prep. Porsches aren't intrinsically preppy, but I always felt like a prep in my vintage '69. Classic lines, European craftsmanship, the smell of old leather and horse hair (the matting under the carpet). These things evoke images no prep can resist.
|the author's 1969 Porsche|
Pragmatism. Toyota Priuses aren't intrinsically preppy either. Driving around in my hybrid '08, I feel like the incredibly sensible guy that I have become since "settling down." A 35-mile commute to work in the city, when gas prices are approaching $4.00 per gallon, is enough to start putting preppy in perspective. Maybe that is what Cascadian prep is - making the most sensible decision based off of the best available information... even if you look like a tool in your Toyota.
|the author's 2008 Prius|
(I sold the Porsche to buy something which makes no sense at all.)