2000 Saturn LS1: When I inherited the Trans Sport, it was only a matter of time before it was going to be relegated to only a band vehicle and I’d have to get something for day-to-day driving. Because while driving a futuristic-looking-for-1990-minivan in 2000 was cool in all, fact is the thing was slowly falling apart.
It was around this time that my parents offered to help out with a down payment on a new car, which is where the Saturn comes in. I wanted something as basic and simple as possible, and this car fit the bill. In fact, I simply called it “car.” As I am know to be somewhat vocal when driving, mostly with other drivers but occasionally with my own vehicle, shouts of “C’mon, car! Accelerate!” where no unusual. To be honest, I was just happy to getting something from the same decade, so the fact that it was new was a bonus.
In addition to being plain, “car” provides very little in the way of interesting stories. It served its purpose, and that’s all I asked.
After the van got jacked, this became my main vehicle for band transportation, which made out of town gigs something of a pain for a while. I believe it was around this time that both Keith and J purchased mid-sized SUVs, which provided a temporary fix to the travel issue. Still, there’s nothing rock ‘n roll about pulling out to a gig in a sedan. Having a lumbering, gas-guzzling semi-safe and smelly van is THE band experience. Luckily, that was right around the corner.