Vanilla ice cream, Toyota Camry, ball point pens and grape jelly share the same affliction.
They are each – just fine. Few people get excited about any of them yet no one hates them.
As a kid, when I’d be at a friend’s house and his parents would ask, “who wants ice cream!?” my excitement at the idea of ice cream held steady after learning that it was “just vanilla” rather than launching through the stratosphere as would happen with many of the other more exciting flavors.
Vanilla ice cream is still ice cream after all and I ate it and enjoyed it but my joy could have gone higher.
The same is true for the Toyota Camry.
When a friend calls to tell me he bought a new car my mind runs through all the amazing possibilities. When I learn that it is a Camry my excitement holds – it doesn’t increase.
This is better than the disappointment of learning that the new car is a minivan, yet it is not as good as it could be.
It’s fine. There’s nothing wrong with a Camry it is a good, sensible, reliable car that will likely last a long time.
But if asked if I want to stop what I’m doing and go for a ride in the new Camry…no thanks.
I’m fine waiting for when it’s their turn to drive for the morning carpool.
The same scenario plays out for ballpoint pens and grape jelly.
All fine, just not much to be excited about.
Flip Flop Verdict
Overall Performance — 3 out of 5
Whenever good enough is enough
Fit – 3
They fit fine but with a bit of toe curl
Style – 3
Won’t turn any heads but won’t turn any stomach’s either
Traction – 3
Fine on both wet and dry
Comfort – 3
Dudeness – 3
They excel in their pursuit of average which gives them a leg up but also detracts