Something odd happened to me on Saturday evening. I cracked open a beer, took a sip, and realized that I had something better to do than drink it. This isn’t typical, as enjoying a beer on Saturday night is one of my favorite leisure activities. But that evening was different.
As Don has pointed out, I recently purchased a new car to replace my 8 year / 160,000 mile old Subaru WRX wagon. I picked up a brand-spankin’-new Mini Cooper convertible on Saturday afternoon and it’s pretty awesome. It handles great, seems well made and is a blast to drive. I’ll admit the new car is a bit metrosexual, but then again so am I.
Even though I was thrilled to have it in my driveway, Saturday night I was having second thoughts. It was tough saying goodbye to the Suby and the Mini comes with many compromises – it’s small, noisy and expensive for what you get. Also, the radio controls and the onboard technology are confusing and it’s a German car screwed together by the Brits in Oxford, so you just know it’s not going to be as reliable as my dear old WRX. All of this was swirling around my head when I opened my first beer that night, and I realized that a tasty beverage wasn’t what I needed – I needed to drive.
So I put down the beer, picked up the keys, dropped the top, pressed the “sport” button and went out seeking curves. There’s something unique and awesome about driving a convertible on the backroads on a hot summer night, and the Mini showed me why I’m a genius for buying it. It was the most fun I’ve had in a car in well over 10 years and I actually found myself laughing out loud when the scrappy little devil chirped the tires shifting into third. All my worries faded away and I realized that the car isn’t perfect, but it fits my priorities to a “t”.
When I got back home all was well with the world and I finished the beer that I had opened earlier. I wound up going to bed a little early – must’ve been all that fresh air.
It’s been a while since I’ve had something better to do than drink a beer. How about you? What’s more fun than hanging out drinking a cold one in your little world?