Friday Five:

1. Do you have a car? If so, what kind of car is it?
Nope. I haven’t had one in years. Luckily you don’t need one in London or Sydney. The last couple times I went home I rented one to make the trip to Indiana from Chicago.

2. Do you drive very often?
Nope. The last time was November of last year when we stopped off in the States on our way to Australia. I don’t even ride in cars that often. We take a cab occasionally, but mostly I use public transport. Actually I probably won’t be driving anytime soon since my US license expired in March and Indiana doesn’t let you renew over the Internet. I could get an Australian one, but it’s much harder here and I probably wouldn’t pass (since I don’t have a lot of experience driving in big cities).

3. What’s your dream car?
A vintage cherry red Volkswagen Beetle convertible with leather interior.

4. Have you ever received a ticket?
I’ve gotten a couple of warnings, but only one ticket. See below.

5. Have you ever been in an accident?
I think it was the summer before college, and I was driving with my then-boyfriend near his house in Michigan. It was a really bright day and we were tootling through town at no more than 30 mph. Suddenly I noticed that the car in front of me (a Corvette, naturally) had stopped to turn left. I didn’t have time to do anything but slam on the brakes. I couldn’t have been going more than 5mph when I hit it, but of course I had to put a big scratch in the bumper. My car fared worse; I had jammed the brake pedal so hard that it got stuck down and my boyfriend had to yank it up so I could pull off the road. Soooo, anyway, the lady driving was already calling the cops on her mobile within ten seconds and I knew I was pretty much screwed. I ended up getting a $100+ ticket for “rear ending” and my insurance, of course, went through the roof. Whatever. I’m so glad I don’t have to drive anymore.

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  1. Just thought you’d like to know–your “dream car” was our “family car” when I was a little kid in Pensacola (I was 5 and my little bro was 2, so we didn’t need much back seat room). My parents also had his n’ hers motorcycles. Ahhh…the mid-70s. 🙂

  2. YOU’RE KIDDING. I bet this is just your attempt to get back at me for the emotional manipulation of the Bea Arthur post, isn’t it? 🙂

  3. No, the revenge is just a happy by-product. 🙂 I forgot to add that my family’s other car during this time (only used when the red bug was unavailable) was…another Volkswagen. It wasn’t a convertible, but it was a super cute kelly green beetle. I swear, on paper it sounds like I was raised by hippies, doesn’t it?

  4. For Sale: White convertible beetle on the back road out of Goshen. Cant see the price from the road but it looks to be in cherry shape which means they probably want an arm and a leg. Got the old computer hooked up so that means Im back!!

  5. Nice one, Pop! I wonder how much it would cost to ship one to Australia. They’re pretty small. We probably shipped over more luggage (by volume) than a Beetle last winter anyway. 🙂

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