“My car is my home away from home.”
- The Ride
- The Driver: Peter
- Car in Question: 2006 Toyota Scion
- Spotted at: Frick Mansion, 7227 Reynolds Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15208
- Odometer: 83,588
Q: Hi Peter. Welcome to Defend Your Ride Pittsburgh. Which neighborhood do you live in and what’s your zip code?
A: Park Place, Pennsylvania, 15221.
Q: How do you use your car?
A: I practically live in it. It is like my home away from home. I travel frequently with my job, so I am in my car a lot.
Q: What is your profession?
A: I am a ultrasonographer, but everyone mistakes me for a stenographer instead. I usually just tell them I am a traveling ultrasound tech.
Q: That sounds exciting. Does it involve a lot of equipment?
A: Not really, just an ultrasound machine that directs high-frequency sound waves on the area to be diagnosed.
Q: Do you have any rules for your car?
A: Eating and drinking is OK, but there is no standing or climbing allowed.
Q: Have you had a lot of people trying to stand or climb in your car?
A: I have two young daughters who would do somersaults, if they could. Although I used to be a recording engineer and there was that one night with the band…oh, that’s another story!
Q: What do you like to listen to in your car?
A: I mix my own CDs.
Q: What do you like about your car?
A: It’s the ultimate city car. It’s economical to drive, easy to park and easy to care for.
Q: It looks like it can hold a lot of stuff too. It actually looks like a large box on wheels.
A: It is a very interesting design. There is actually more volume on the inside than the car occupies on the outside.
Q: Have you had any interesting experiences in your car?
A: I got rear ended on the Liberty Bridge coming back from a camping trip at Presque Isle. Our bikes were on the back of the car so it destroyed my bike wheel along with my bumper.
Q: Did your insurance cover both?
A: It did. The irony is that I wouldn’t have been on that bridge if it had not been for a detour.
Photos and interview by Katherine Brown Sutton
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