DEFEND YOUR RIDE: Carrie At The Downtown Minneapolis Post Office

April 2, 2012 3:00 AM

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"One of favorite things to do to wind down is to take random drives.”

dyr minn DEFEND YOUR RIDE: Carrie At The Downtown Minneapolis Post Office

“I have this theory that it was stolen. I named her Bonnie after Bonnie and Clyde.”

The Ride
The Driver: Carrie
Vehicle in Question: 2007 Kia Rondo
Spotted at: Downtown Minneapolis Post Office, 100 S. 1st Street, Minneapolis, MN 55401
Odometer: 40,200
Car’s Nickname: Bonnie

THE DEFENSE

Q: Hi Carrie. You guys are cute. And your car is too. Tell us about it. Where did you get it?

A: I had a really terrible car, an old Saturn with a manual transmission. When you drove, it was like rawr-rawr-rawr, a jerky sound of a starting and stopping car. At work, they’d all hear me coming and say, “Carrie’s here!”

Q: You were driving the hoopty?

A: I was and I was pregnant, so my dad was worried that when I had the baby, I wasn’t going to make it to the hospital. He really helped out substantially to get this car.

Q: That was super sweet of him. And did you drive this car to the hospital when you had your son?

A: I did. When I went into labor, I waited at home a little too long. Then Goma’s dad had to drive about 100 mph to get there. He was born about 45 minutes later.

Q: That was a close one! Have you had any other exciting drives?

A: One favorite thing to do to wind down and not think about anything, is to take random drives.

Q: What are your favorite winding down drives?

A: On the last one, I ended up in Waseca. I had never been there before. I heard there was a lake and when I arrived, it was like, “I don’t know where I am, but I’m here.”

Q: Does your son Goma come along too?

A: Sometimes I’ll bring him with. I’m a photographer, so those are the drives where I’ll take a lot of pictures.

Q: That’s a great way to discover something new and amazing.

A: My mom and I, when I was growing up, we’d go on what she’d call, eagle drives. We’d go search for eagles, usually driving towards Stillwater or Duluth.

Q: Those are beautiful places to drive to. Do you have a favorite car trip snack?

A: I eat two hard-boiled eggs every day on my way to work. I crack the peel and eat them while driving. I have a lot of small shell crumbs in my car trash. Maybe that’s too gross for this story?

Q: Just gross enough. One last thing, do you have a nickname for your car?

A: Bonnie. Even though the car wasn’t very old, there were all sorts of weird marks and scratches on it, near the ignition and a few other places. I have this theory that it was stolen, so I named her Bonnie, after Bonnie and Clyde.

Photos and interview by Michelle Leon

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