Monday, November 29, 2004

MINI Cooper

I got a production number for my MINI Cooper today. I ordered a MINI back in October. I knew I was going to move to Chicago, so my current rides seemed impractical. I am currently driving a Mustang Convertible and an Explorer. The Explorer sucks up gas like a porn star, which at $2.36 a gallon is not nearly as cheap as a porn star, and also is not your friend when you feel like parallel parking, which in Chicago is always. The Mustang is great fun in the summer, but once it starts to snow you'd be better off driving a sled, because at least you'd be able to steer it.

So I went with the MINI. It handles well. It has top safety ratings in it's class. It can fit in half a parking space. And it's a BMW so it makes me feel like I'm moderately successful.

My friends all seem to fall into one of two camps on this subject:

1) "Amber, you are the epitome of cool. You are the end-all, be-all of cutting edge trendiness, and I am so very envious of your discerning taste in automobiles. It is an honor to be counted as one of your friends. Perhaps you'll even permit me to ride with you among the elite. I hope someday to have a fraction of the coolness you exude from your every pore."

2) "Amber, you are a sucker and borderline retarded. I can't believe you would actually drive that little toy-looking hunk of junk. You are so pathetic that I'm only keeping you around out of morbid curiosity. I hope someday you live to regret this decision, and in the meantime I'm going to laugh at your stupid ass every single time I see you driving that thing."

I figure, if it's good enough for Marky-Mark in The Italian Job, then it's good enough for me. British Racing Green. Can't wait.

10 comments:

Pronto said...

Now, is it possible to fall somewhere between those two camps?

amberance said...

Anything is possible, I guess, but it hasn't happened yet.

Aaron the Truck Driver said...

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Adventure Girl said...

I'm sure you'll look dead cute in whatever you hop in Amber. Any car in british racing green is alright by me, it is a truly beautiful colour. Enjoy!

Eric said...

I don't know if I can top that last comment about comments, but chicks who drive minis are cool. I know two people who have them, one who lives in Wrigleyville and finds it essential for parking; his is green. The other one is a hot former classmate of mine; her's is yellow.

The only downside to a mini--so I have been told--is that sex in a mini takes real creativity if minimal bruising is a goal (I recognize that it won't be for everyone). I'm sure you'll be fine.

Anonymous said...

You are the epitome of cool. Let me know when you're coming to Chicago. There are a few "meat packing" facilities I'd like to take you to...

amberance said...

Eric,

Where in Wrigleyville does your friend live? That's where I'm moving to. Does he drink at Tai's Til 4? Does he know my brother? Does he know my bartender? Does he know anyone who needs a roommate in January?

Eric said...

I'm not sure if he drinks there, but I'll check. As for the roommate: he's married, and while that is not always a barrier to unique living arrangements, in this case I am almost sure it would be.

amberance said...

Silly, silly Eric. I was just wondering if he had some friends with roommates moving out in January that might potentially be in the market for a replacement. Preferably within stumbling distance of Tai's.

Zzyzxmo said...

Good for you. Wise decision. It's economical. It will burn less hydrocarbons, and get you there in comfort.
Unless you are transporting the the little league team outfielders, or carpooling, what do you need an exploder for? It's not what they think. It's a matter of what you can live with. Who says you can't be enviromentally friendly and and still have fun? Congratulations of getting out of Yo!-hio.