DEFEND YOUR RIDE: Amanda At Patterson Park

June 11, 2012 3:00 AM

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“D.C. traffic makes me feel a lot better about my morning.”

The Ride
The Driver: Amanda
Car in Question: 2009 Red Chevy Cobalt
Spotted at: Patterson Park, 2601A E Baltimore St, Baltimore, MD 21224
Odometer: 44,687
Car’s Nickname: Car


Q: Great car. What’s its nickname?

A: It doesn’t have one yet.

Q: But your GPS has one?

A: Yes. My GPS is Ms. Porter. She’s British.

Q: We need to think of a nickname for your car.

A: It’s definitely a girl.

Q: How come?

A: Because it’s red.

Q: When did you get it?

A: The beginning of last spring. It wasn’t worth getting all the problems in my ’95 Camry fixed.

Q: How much time do you spend in your car?

A: Too much. I’m only four miles from work, but it takes me 30 minutes to get down there and 30 minutes to get back, 20 to the gym, 20 back. An hour and a half a day probably.

Q: Do you have a favorite part of your commute?

A: There are usually some interesting homeless people I pass. They always change.

Q: This is going to make Baltimore look so good. What’s the worst part of your commute?

A: Passing by the [Inner] Harbor. Coming home and passing by tourists because they just start walking. At 5 o’clock, tourists should either be in their hotels napping, or somewhere else. Not crossing in front of me.

Q: Ever take any road trips in puppy?

A: I drive on climbing trips and beach trips. Climbing in Upstate New York. It’s called Newpaltz. One time I took 95 and it was great until I hit the Delaware Memorial Bridge. I got stuck with a group of middle schoolers when I got off. They all thought I was one of them. They asked me whose class I was in.

Q: And when you got up there?

A: We drove through the really tiny town, tried to park at night, which was a nightmare, and then set up camp in total darkness at one in the morning. But I prefer to drive. That way I don’t have to pack. I just put everything in my car. I’m like, oh, I’ll figure out what I need in the morning.

Q: Do you have any rules in your car?

A: Don’t do drugs. Don’t smoke cigarettes, but whatever food you spill, my dog will get out on the next trip. And don’t bleed. But they’re leather seats, so it’s easy to clean up stuff. But preferably, don’t bleed or do drugs. The usual.

Q: What do you listen to?

A: I like to listen to D.C. traffic on the way to work because it makes me feel a lot better about my morning.

Q: If your car was a flavor of ice cream, what would it be?

A: Rainbow. It’s always an adventure.

Photos and interview by Staci Wolfson

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