“I’m terrified of anything on two wheels. I didn’t learn how to ride a bike up until I was fifteen.”
- The Ride
- The Driver: Scott
- Car in Question: Gray 1999 Nissan Altima
- Spotted at: Dib Thai Cuisine, 1025 W Lawrence Avenue, Chicago, IL 60686
- Odometer: 100,000
- Car’s Nickname: Boring
Q: Great Nissan. Where did you get it?
A: About two years ago my first car died! I was without a car for a week and a half. I just happened to stumble upon this used car place. They happened to be selling this car. I had a specific budget that I was looking to spend. I test drove it. I liked it. I bought it.
Q: Sounds easy as pie. What’s its main use? Cruising around town?
A: Since I’ve moved to Chicago, I really don’t use my car at all. I generally take public transit to work. The only time I really drive my car is when I have to run errands or go to the grocery store. I detest lugging heavy groceries on the train and the bus. It’s just not fun.
Q: Ever get her out on the open road for exciting trips?
A: The longest trip I ever took in this particular car was from Atlanta to Chicago. It took about twelve hours. Traffic was surprisingly great all the way up until we made it to Chicago. Outside of that, it was pretty stress free. We traveled from Georgia to Tennessee, then we went through Kentucky, Indiana, and finally Illinois. Indiana was super boring to drive through! The only exciting thing to look at in Indiana are these giant windmills. Indiana though, was just boring, boring, boring.
Q: What did you do to entertain yourself for twelve hours straight?
A: Luckily I took the trip with my girlfriend. We talked quite a bit. When we got sick of talking. We mainly tried to keep ourselves entertained by listening to podcasts. But we didn’t really do anything too entertaining.
Q: Make some rash generalizations for us. What’s the difference between driving in Georgia versus Chicago?
A: Georgia drivers are horrible! People are notoriously bad drivers there. In Macon people don’t know how to change lanes or merge. They will just cut you off and then drive twenty miles slower than what you were going. In Atlanta the drivers are very aggressive. I get the same aggressive vibes from Chicago, but people in Atlanta are jerkier about it. One thing I noticed though in Chicago is that people honk more. If someone honks at you in Atlanta, you really take notice because you figure something is happening. Here if someone honks at you, you barely even notice.
Photos and interview by Nicolette Chambers
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