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Reader Steve says he does not associate me with a Chrysler PT-Cruiser and says this car is not in the least in my style. Here goes my fantasy of myself, getting out of a PT-cruiser in a huge black hat and a silver fox boa. . .

What car do you think would suit me?


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  1. The time I rented a PT Cruiser, I had the feeling that it was pretty flimsy. I am sure that it really is not, but that was the experience for me. I think that what kind of car you want depends on how much you want to spend on it. I think a Volkswagen Jetta or Passat would be fitting. So would a Mazda 3 or a Mazda 6. A Ford Fusion also seems appropriate. If you want elegance and style, as well as pure joy in driving, I can see you in a Corvette, but this only if you never intend to carry more than one other person.


  2. Another car that would really suit you is a Bentley, but it would cost considerably more than a house in Southern Illinois.


  3. I actually think PT Cruiser would fit you. But not a Cadillac… In the Midwest Cadillac is just old ladys’ car… 🙂


  4. “my fantasy of myself, getting out of a PT-cruiser in a huge black hat and a silver fox boa. . .”

    I’m not sure why, but the mental image this brings up seems to come from a lost video by Alla Pugačeva, filmed somewhere between this

    and this


  5. Rented a pt cruiser. It is awful. Not your style at all.


  6. kelly on said:

    Sport Porsche suits you best!


  7. Sister on said:

    Volkswagen Beetle – 100%! It’s totally you.


  8. clairedammit on said:

    I have a 10-year-old Pontiac Vibe that I adore. I plan to drive it until the wheels fall off, put the wheels back on, and drive it some more. Pontiac doesn’t exist any more, but it’s the same car as a Matrix.


  9. I suppose a lot depends on my picture of you and your picture of yourself.

    From reading your blog I get the picture of you as a fairly practical person, impatient with a lot of academic bullshit. So for that I picture you in something like a Toyota Yaris (my wife has one) — it’s roomy inside for a small car, economical and gets you from A to B with a minimum of fuss.

    But for your fantasy of yourself getting in and out, I think a Cadillac would fit better. Not the one in your picture, though. Rather one built in the 1920s, perhaps, for a Maharajah. Much more roomy than the Yaris, unaffordable to run, but superb for getting in and out of dressed to the nines.

    A cousin of my wife’s had such a car, and somewhere we have a photo of him with it. He lived on Jersey, and so didn’t have to drive it very far.


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