DEFEND YOUR RIDE: Amanda At The Charles Theater

October 10, 2011 3:00 AM

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“She's very resilient.”

dyr baltimore11 DEFEND YOUR RIDE: Amanda At The Charles Theater
“Nobody puts baby in a corner.”

The Ride
The Driver: Amanda
Car in Question: 2004 Honda Civic
Spotted at: The Charles Theater, 1711 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21201
Odometer: 68,812
Car’s Nickname: Baby

THE DEFENSE

Q: Are you a fan of the Charles Theater?

A: I am. When “Slumdog Millionaire” was playing here, I really wanted to see it, so I took my roommate. Then we came back for the next consecutive three weeks and saw different movies. I like the cafe feel in the lobby, which is different. Usually it’s just annoying people waiting in line for a movie. This is a more sophisticated feel.

Q: What’s your car’s main use?

A: I’ve been taking it mainly from Baltimore to Philly. I walk to my job, so I don’t really use it for that. I take it to go grocery shopping. We’ve been to the Loch Raven Reservoir.

Q: “We” as in you and Baby?

A: Yes, me and Baby on a date to Loch Raven Reservoir to watch the sunset.

Q: Were you caressing the dashboard?

A: Yes, it was relaxing. I really like to go on drives. Sometimes I’ll just find places, even if they’re like a half hour away. I’ll just go. Check it out. I like to pretend when I’m in my car that no one else can see me. So I’ll be dancing in my car and singing at the top of my lungs—and, of course, everyone can see me.

Q: Do you ever drive like no one else can see you? Like, speeding or disregarding others on the road?

A: Well, I got a speeding ticket recently, so I’m trying to cut back. It was only 12 over. It was in D.C. It was a speed camera. Otherwise, I think I’m pretty courteous. I’m very big in letting people into my lane, but I get very angry if they don’t give me the “thank you” wave. I don’t have to do that, you know, I’m just being nice.

Q: What is the theme song for Baby?

A: It would probably be “I’m a Lady” by Santogold. It’s a good song because it’s not a Top 40, cheesy song, but it still gets you really pumped. And Baby is a lady, you know what I mean? She just wants your respect. She doesn’t want people to ding her. She’ll let you merge into her lane because she’s nice and she’s courteous. But at the same time, you have to be assertive in getting what you want.

Q: How did you choose Baby?

A: My dad and I went on a car shopping website. Someone was selling a car down the street from me, and it was a Volkswagen…I’m blanking on the word right now. It’s the car that comes down…convertible!

Q: You blanked on convertible!

A: It was a blue and kind of purple-y color, and I was convinced it was my dream car. But it had way too many miles on it. My dad nipped that in the bud. At the end of the day, if I couldn’t get a tape player [to connect to my iPod], I just wanted automatic windows. Roll-up windows waste so much time.


Are you ready to Defend Your Ride? If so, email localautos@cbs.com with “Defend Your Ride Baltimore” in the subject line for submission details.

Photos and interview by Jenn Ladd

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