the mini

When I was a junior in college my 1995 Camaro started slowly deteriorating. First the motors on the windows, then the air conditioner, then the transmission...and then before it had a chance to bust anything else out my parents and i began having conversations about a different car option. We didn't have very many options quite frankly, but one of the options was for me to drive my dad's company car when it became time for him to get a new one. 75,000 miles was the magic number. I anxiously awaited the arrival of his new car and when it finally arrived I became the proud owner of a 2003 Dodge Caravan [thanks mom and pops!]. You might be picturing the trade-off to go something like this: me crying about what a nerd i would be driving a mini van around college looking like a mom with three kids. But it went more like this: me jumping for joy that i had a car that worked and the bonus of being able to haul 7 people around with me. The mini was perfect for road trips and it had already been owned for long enough that i didn't have to worry about where I parked or what was on the bottom of people's shoes when they got it. It was freeing to not have to worry about the car falling apart on the next speed bump. I could take the middle seat out and make room for sleeping bags, or severeal mountain bikes. The mini did me right.

Last Sunday, I was forced to part with the mini--though I just thought it would be a few days until they got the head light fixed and the hood back to its normal slope. I had a little incident with a car in front of me that decided to stop at a yellow light that i had decided to "proceed with caution" through. I have never been in a real accident so after my mom told me what to do I called the insurance and then dropped the mini off to be repaired. A few hours later they called with the bad news that the mini was "totaled." It was too old with too many miles for it to be worth it to repair. I was flipping my noodle. I didn't want the headache of buying a new car, or the payments, or the mess of cleaning it out...but more than that i was so sad because i love the mini!!! I have moved three times since the beginning of my relationship with the mini. Life has changed so much but the mini has always been there. I sound like such a freak but unfortuantely i'm dead serious. I was distraught! When I went to clean it out I took my camera. The people at the autobody place were laughing at me...

They took the hood off on the picture on the top left--i didn't do anything that bad! Thoes are some of my friends that lived in the mini. The tire shot is a tribute to the mini's forever LOW tires. "All we have is hope and love," is kind of the mini's personality. No bells and whistles just livin' on love.

A few days after the bad news I was moping about the loss of the mini and a good friend of mine pointed out that one of the wonderful pieces of furniture that decorates my office is the middle bench seat from the mini!!!! The mini was totaled without one of its seats!! Long live the mini--i will forever have a memoir!

I went through all my old picture files and collected pictures off my point and shoot camera of the mini van over the years...here is a little tribute:

I had to limit them..there has been much more fun had in the mini than this...

After the awful news about the death of the mini I began an extensive search for a used car. I had very little criteria but the only cars that fit the bill were cars that the consumer reports noted as junk. So after much sweating and stomach aches I signed the papers for my first new car...and as I was driving it home I told my mom that I still love the mini the most...but after the first 48 hours I have a bit of appreciation for the newness. Here she is:

It's a Honda Fit. It is kind of like the mini in that there is nothing crazy-just enough to get you from here to there. The inside can transform into a bed...kind of like the mini...or a cargo carrier--maybe even for a bike! I am not a new car kind of girl...but it is nice to know that it will be years and years before I have to make another adult decision like this :) Lord willing. All we have is hope and love...