Adelaide, South Australia. No vehicle, but happy to travel by public transport .....
HopeHope... a ute (short for utility) is an open back vehicle- 2 seats (usually) in a cab at the front, then the rest is an open tray type setup, with sides. It may or may not have some kind of soft cover for the back section. Good for carrying loads to Goodwill or the dump.
I, too, was wondering: What is a "ute"? Thanks for the explanation.
No, a ute is not a pick-up truck, nor a SUV, although some modern utes can be large. The closest thing to a pick-up truck maybe a 1 tonne drop-side tray-top.
The ute is an Australian idea; legend has it that during the 1930's depression farmers wanted vehicles to carry tools and goods during the week and to take the family to church as they couldn't afford 2 vehicles. The car-maker desgined a vehicle that was a sedan in front half but had a tray with sides instead of a the rear seats and a trunk.
They were made in the USA for a while.
So a ute is the same size as a family sedan and is as common in cities as the rural areas. In fact they are are still marketed as work-and-play vehicles.
GMH has just released a Holden ute in the USA as under the Pontiac brand but I think the fin crisis may affect that move. Apparently they couldn't call it 'Ute' because that is a name for some Native Americans.
I travelled many miles in the back of a ute as a kid (totally illegal nowadays but they do go a lot faster now). It was really fun!
My favourite ute bumper sticker is "No, I won't help move your stuff!
I think every one of us on SOS should be issued with one ute as would be so easy and so much fun taking stuff to the tip our houses would be empty.
I'm in Washington state, also. I'd rather not say the town on the forum - but I'm about two hours from Seattle.
Since I am new to this and having difficulty decluttering and keeping my own house clean, (plus I have some back problems), I don't think I'd be good at physically cleaning or decluttering someone else's house. ... But I could offer lots of moral support and encouragement!
If any of the other ladies in the Seattle area would like to get together and meet for lunch sometime in the future, send me a private message and let me know, OK?
I don't drive on highways or freeways, so it kind of makes it hard to get places, unless I take public transportation. But I could take buses to get to downtown Seattle.
It would be nice to stay in touch with other ladies who live in the Pacific Northwest area.