“My car is down for whatever.”
- The Ride
- The Driver: Brad
- Car in Question: 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX
- Spotted at: The West Shore of Lake Tahoe along Highway 89
- Odometer: 8,084
- Car’s Nickname: Bonanza
Q: First of all, thanks for coming out and taking these pictures in the pouring rain. I know we were hoping for snow.
A: I like the rain. Plus, it got me out of the house for the first time this week.
Q: You live in the Mission, but we’re in Tahoe right now, so clearly getting to Tahoe is a priority for your car. What else do you use it for?
A: Not commuting. Mostly just getting out of the city, running errands, getting groceries, things like that.
Q: How do you get to work, if not in your car?
A: When I go into work, I mostly bike. But I work from home most of the time.
Q: Hence being in Tahoe for the week, stuck inside because of the rain.
Q: What brought you to San Francisco?
A: The Internets. I was working for LiveJournal seven years ago and they were acquired, which meant I had to move to San Francisco.
Q: What’s your favorite day trip from San Francisco?
A: I really like going to Napa because the weather is awesome up there.
Q: Do you have a longer trip you like to take?
A: Driving 80 to Tahoe. Once you get to Auburn, it becomes really fun–especially if the weather is all crazy.
A: I guess fun is the wrong word, but it’s an adventure.
Q: Why did you decide to get a Subaru Impreza WRX?
A: I was leasing a 2008 BMW 335 and when the lease was up, I had certain criteria for my next car: manual transmission, AWD, and it had to be fun to drive. Plus, I wanted to spend less money.
Q: Why a manual transmission?
A: It’s not like I’m sitting in traffic all day. When I’m driving, I want it to be fun. It kind of gives you something to do while you’re driving.
Q: Do you have any rules in your car?
Q: So I can get in your car and smoke a cigarette and spill cookie crumbs everywhere?
A: I might ask you to roll the window down or clean up, but sure. One of the things I really like about this car is that it’s rugged. I can throw dirty boots and snowboards in there and I just don’t care. Previous cars, I’d be like “Oh, it’s a nice new car,” and I’d care about stuff like that, but not with this one.
Q: Well, for the record, I don’t smoke, so I would never do that. I do love cookies though. But your car sounds very laid back. If it had an emotion, what would it be?
A: It would be down for whatever, positive and happy.
Q: What’s your dream car?
A: I kind of like the Audi A3s, but I was unable to get one of those with Quattro and manual transmission, so that’s what I’d get. That’d be cool.
Q: Seems like you’re pretty happy with this car. What do you love about it?
A: I love that it’s really fun to drive. When you’re on curvy roads, especially hilly, bumpy, curvy roads, it handles really well. I love that it has a hatchback and I can just throw my scuba and Tahoe gear in there.
Q: And if it had a theme song?
Photos and interview by Daisy Barringer
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