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Monday, February 23, 2009

MINI Culture

Driving to an appointment Saturday morning I saw a beautiful blue Mini with white bonnet stripes and driving lights. I waved at the driver and saw that he had a coffee mug in his hand, being raised to take a drink. Even though, he still made the effort to wave at me in return.
Now, I don't know if there is some handbook that comes with Classics, but it should be included with all new gen MINIs. I cannot tell you how many times I have waved at someone and they look at me as if I have 2 heads.
When I bought my MINI 4 years ago I didn't know anything about the friendly MINI owner attitude. Luckily when I bought my car, I had some good people around me at the dealership (Global Imports MINI) and they told me some of the MINI manners.
Like waving at people and also to make sure when you park your MINI, you don't pull all the way into the spot, making people think there is a parking spot, when in fact, it is your little car there.
The point of this post is, please wave if you see other MINI/Mini owners out there. If you can't wave, point, honk, flash, stick up a finger (but not that one) just do something to acknowledge the MINI love!

Monday, February 09, 2009

Is it hereditary?

Many people look at their car as a way to get from point A to point B. I am not one of those people, nor have I ever been. As a child in the 70's my favourite thing to do was play with Hot Wheels. Amongst my favourites were my "Smokey and the Bandit" edition of a TransAm and a classic Mercedes Gullwing. I actually still have both of those in a box. The Mercedes is missing a door, but it's still a fave. When I was a teenager I had pictures of a Porsche 944 on my shelf. A guy that I dated won one of those balloon popping games and when he collected the prize for me, I asked for the mirror with the red Lambo on it, not the one with the unicorn or latest teen hearthrob.
My sister was the same way when she was a teenager. She could name cars from the sound and a vague outline. I think we got the motoring bug from our Mother. The car I remember travelling in the most was a red 1975 Camaro with the white landau top. My mother had a few other Camaro's throughout the years, including a blue Berlinetta and finally a "fawn" 1984 Coupe. This was my first car, the car that started it all.
My sister now drives an SUV that hauls her family and groceries out to the ranch in West Texas. My mother has a sensible Nissan Altima that got high ratings in the NHTSA crash tests.
While I cannot see myself driving the big muscle cars that I rode in as a kid, I think the "seed of speed" was planted early and still lives on today.

Tuesday, February 03, 2009


I commute about 60 miles a day round trip. I've been commuting for almost 8 years. How is that I've maintained my sanity this whole time?my car. I like driving my car it's fun & it's fast. Well, my car & my iPod. Yes, that is the key to a tolerable commute. Good car & good music.

Sunday, February 01, 2009


We got out and gave the car a quick wash, just to knock the layer of filth that was slowing the car down.  Quick shot of the car from the iPhone, so excuse the quality.