“I enjoy being one of the only people on the road.”
- The Ride
- The Driver: Allison
- Car in Question: Dark Grey 2008 Toyota Yaris
- Spotted at: Rosebud Diner, 381 Summer St., Somerville, MA 02144
- Odometer: 27,198
- Car’s Nickname: Holy Roller II
Q: Which neighborhood do you live in?
A: Medford, Massachusetts, near Tufts University, 02155.
Q: How old are you?
A: I’m 29.
Q: I think you probably should explain your car’s nickname, Holy Roller II.
A: Holy Roller I was my last car, which I inherited from my grandmother who was an avid church goer, so the name seemed fitting.
Q: Where did you get Holy Roller II?
A: I got my car from Woburn Toyota from a friendly sales person named Ray. He was really great to work with. I had been looking for a car for about a year, but I wish I had gone to him sooner because he really listened to what I wanted. I found this car the first day at Woburn Toyota.
Q: What’s your car’s main use?
A: I drive the car to and from work in Burlington five days a week, plus I take it on adventures in evenings and weekends!
Q: Where have you taken it on these weekend adventures?
A: It has taken me to many places–much of New England, New York, Pennsylvania, and as far as Baltimore, Maryland.
Q: What’s your favorite or worst part of your commute?
A: I hate traffic, of course, but I love driving on a warm, sunny morning with my windows down, sunglasses on, and a fresh iced coffee in my hand.
Q: Where’s your favorite driving destination?
A: There is no destination that I am most fond of, but I love an open road! I enjoy being one of the only people on the road early in the morning. And I love driving along the water.
Q: Do you have any rules in your car?
A: There is no smoking allowed in my car. Otherwise, I’m not too strict. Maybe no drag racing allowed.
Q: Do you listen to music in your car?
A: Yes, daily.
Q: If your car had a human emotion, what would it be and why?
A: It would be anxious about all the people behind me and around me texting and driving and not paying attention. I see it in my rearview mirror all the time on my way to and from work. I have had two people rear end me–minimal damage–in the past year from doing just that. But, otherwise, my car would have a streak of fearlessness.
Q: How many miles do you think are left in the life of your car?
A: I hope many, many more! I don’t want to jinx it by taking a guess.
Q: What do you think your next car will reasonably be?
A: I’ve been driving a compact for a long time, but my next one might have a little more meat on its bones to compete better with the Boston winters. I’d just hate to give up getting over 30 MPG. Maybe I can have both?
Q: What’s your absolute dream car?
A: My dream car would be any comfortable and fuel efficient vehicle accompanied by a professional driver, so I can sit back and relax wherever I am going. It would also have a sunroof and cup holders.
Q: Is there anything else we should know about your car?
A: It has a guardian angel that my mom gave to me. Daughter of a church-going grandmother mentioned earlier, notice the trend! It is a clip-on guardian angel that has the inscription: “Never drive faster than your guardian angel can fly.” I think she wants to make sure I don’t inherit her lead foot tendencies.
Photos and interview by Lucie Wicker
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