• #217
    May 7, 2014

    Walking Out of the Toy Store

    Photo credit: Crystal George
    Contentment in an Unexpected Place

    Sitting in a tiny, Italian restaurant in Midtown Manhattan, my wife asked me what was my biggest takeaway from my day representing MINI USA’s Final Test Test Drive program at the New York International Auto Show (NYIAS). I couldn’t answer her without a broken voice and tears escaping under my glasses and down my cheeks.

  • #216
    Apr 27, 2014

    What If I Told You My (Teenage) Dreams Came True?

    Hearst Interview
    Making Space for a New Dream

    I was whisked away to an adventure that would in no small way make the heart of those dreams come true.

  • #213
    Apr 17, 2014

    11 Words I Needed to Hear

    NYIAS Foyer
    A Stranger on a Mission—To Me

    In the din of a bustling convention center, a wiry stranger walked up to me, leaned close to my shoulder, said one sentence, and then walked away. Before the gentleman even finished his deliberate sentence, I felt like he was sent to to deliver it to me.

  • #204
    Feb 7, 2014

    The Adrenaline Rush I Didn’t Expect

    Chevrolet Spark
    Danger Comes in Small Packages

    If I were to measure the adrenaline rushes of my life in terms of cost per hour of participation, negotiating the Garden Route proved far more affordable than bungy jumping, sky diving, hang gliding, etc. That said, I wouldn’t mind paying extravagantly for safer ways to get my hits of endorphins, dopamine, and norepinephrine.

  • #194
    Nov 10, 2012

    Six Years to Life

    DMV Letter
    The Path to a (Somewhat) Clean Driving Record

    For the first nine years of my driving carer, I never got a traffic ticket in my home state.

    And then I moved to Virginia.

  • #169
    Aug 6, 2011

    Driving While Anonymous

    Toyota Carrolla
    Lessons From a Car Rental

    But this week brought a different sentiment to the uninspiring rental car experience. This week, I wasn’t renting a car from a distant airport. This week, I was driving four wheels’ worth of milquetoast on roads I drive everyday.

  • #77
    Jun 6, 2008

    Speed Kills . . . the Fear of Speed

    Andretti Racing School
    Indy Car Driving Experience

    So, I had outrun my fears without rear view mirrors. I had hung my number on destiny, and it had stuck.

  • #61
    Jan 1, 2008

    Size Kills

    Xterra Expedition
    THE Best Idea I've Ever Had

    Quite frankly, this is the best I idea I have ever had.

  • #46
    Jul 14, 2007

    The Joy of Shifting

    Manual Shifter
    Grabbing Life by the Shifter

    So, I don’t care what you drive. You can compensate with size or speed, sum or sculpted lines. But if it’s not a stick shift, you’re not driving.

  • #42
    Jun 16, 2007


    Three Pedals
    Finding the Right Car for Me

    It was the simplicity of silver with the showbiz of metallic, the rumble of a stampede with the slipperiness of satin sheets. It was a she, and she was a pending mistress.

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