I Don’t Want A Minivan

“You don’t want a minivan?” asked my new manager’s manager, R.

“Uuuuuuuuaaaaaaaaggaaaalllllgaaaal,” I replied in my best impersonation of a zombie.

“Why don’t you want a minivan?”

What I wanted to say: “I’ve already written about that on my blog! Go read that–it’ll just take a minute or two–and then let’s revisit this conversation!”

What I actually said: “Oh, you know, I had this whole vision of my life that didn’t involve kids or a husband. Now I have that life and I love it, but there’s some little part of me that resists that last little, symbolic change, that says, ‘But at least my car will always be the car that other me would have wanted!'”

R chuckled. He chuckled again later when I said I was from Oregon.

“Oh, see, I’m getting it now, that whole wife, mom and car thing! You’re from Oregon,” he said. I could envision Portlandia sketches dancing through his brain.

I laughed. I think I’m going to have a good time here, even if I occasionally find it challenging to have to explain myself in 100-word bursts to people who don’t know I’ve already said it all in tens of thousands of words here.

(Come to think of it, that’s probably a good thing!)

  1. January 30, 2015 at 5:39 am

    Sometimes I think the same thing: “Man, I would LOVE to show you my blog post on this subject!” Then I remember the other posts that I DON’T want them to see and I think, “Dang.”

    • January 30, 2015 at 5:41 am

      I almost posted a link to my whale post on LinkedIn yesterday, then thought better of it! In time, they will become aware of this, and that’s OK. But for now, a buffer zone’s probably perfect. 😀

    • January 30, 2015 at 10:40 am

      Yup , made that mistake once. Never again!

      • January 31, 2015 at 8:18 am

        I’m curious!!!

        • January 31, 2015 at 9:22 am

          I’ve written all about the sharing of my blog with someone I really trusted – starting at the beginning of November. You can really satisfy all your curiosities there…

  2. Samantha Clarke
    January 30, 2015 at 5:51 am

    I love pulling the “I’m from Oregon” card. People just let stuff go.

    “You recycle?” “I’m from Oregon.” “Ohhhhhhh.”

    “You’re a vegan?” “I’m from Oregon.” “Ohhhhhhh.”

    “You don’t like shopping malls better than thrift stores??” “I’m from Oregon.” “Ohhhhhh.”

    It’s the best.

  3. January 30, 2015 at 6:03 am

    haha…I can so relate. How many times have I explained myself then added/ended “I wrote about it once.” If they’re interested they’ll ask “Where?” Then I can add “…on my/the blog.” So far, so good.

  4. January 30, 2015 at 8:36 am

    My husband had a mini-van for several years when the kids were younger. I rarely drove it–didn’t want to. It stood for stereotypes I didn’t want to be a part of. But my husband didn’t care, and he drove the thing proudly. Which is why he’s so awesome. 🙂

    • January 31, 2015 at 8:19 am

      This comment makes me smile for so many reasons! Part of that? Anthony’s already scoping out minivans to determine which will be his when his current car bites the dust. :p

  5. January 30, 2015 at 10:41 am

    We are also resisting the mini-van purchase. Although, whenever we go on a vacation we rent a mini-van to fit all our luggage and we actually love driving it! Dang those useful things!

    • January 31, 2015 at 8:20 am

      I’ve only driven a minivan once, and … it was super convenient for more than one kid! And yet I resist. I’m in good company, at least. 😉

  6. January 30, 2015 at 8:15 pm

    I, too, refuse to get a mini-van. No thank you ma’am. lol

    • January 31, 2015 at 8:21 am

      It’s not like my new car is a BMW convertible or anything, but I still feel a sense of adventure whenever I look/think about it. I remember what it was like when I bought it, my very first new car. I want that sense of adventure, in a car big enough to make it a family adventure. (I should have a few years to figure out which car, happily!)

      • January 31, 2015 at 8:51 am

        I know what you mean. We have a Honda Pilot and I like it for the most part. It holds all of us comfortably and then some. I don’t feel like a soccer mom in that thing (not that I don’t want to be a soccer mom, I just don’t want to look like a soccer mom…)

  7. January 31, 2015 at 10:35 am

    Hahaha – I too am a resistor of the minivan. Way to stay strong.

  8. February 24, 2015 at 8:30 am

    Haha! I don’t want a minivan, either. I also didn’t want a compact SUV—until we got one. Now I LOVE it, even if I feel a bit like a sellout, haha!

  9. March 1, 2015 at 12:06 pm

    Whoa…Kiefer doesn’t want a minivan…and he is from Oregon. So much makes sense now.

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